Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular hubs of excitement and energy in South America. This city fills the narrow strip between the coastal forests of the Serra do Mar and the Atlantic Ocean and it is home to about 16 million people. The beaches here have a rejuvenating effect that is appealing to everyone. Rio de Janeiro readies itself to put on a brand new show with each sunrise. Here are the top must-see attractions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer
The statue of Christ the Redeemer takes center stage on Rio’s skyline. Take a 20 minutes’ ride to the Corcovado Mountain and stand at this world-famous landmark’s feet. With its arms stretched out in a gesture of peace, this statue gazes down on all of Rio.
Just across the water, you will find the most iconic peak in Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain. Hop on the cable car to enjoy the views over the city or enjoy the bay and beaches below.
Copacabana is one of the most popular beaches in Rio and it draws people from all walks of life. It is mostly packed with sun worshippers but you can there is enough room enjoy its calm waters.
Head to Prainha, if you are looking for waves. This protected eco-park is a nice contrast to the other beaches in Rio as it lacks high-rise hotels. Ipanema Beach and Barra da Tijuca are closer to downtown. They are great places for a game of volleyball with the locals and people watching. There is a Sunday Hippie Fair in Ipanema and you can shop for souvenirs here. You can also join the dancers during the street parties that sometimes occur here during New Year and Carnival. Often, it is as if Rio is a big parade of Carnival, Capoeira, and Samba.
Cinelandia is at the heart of the city. This historic square is home to the National Museum of Fine Arts and the eclectic Municipal Theatre. Admire works by some of the country’s greatest artists. You will also get to see how the Portuguese left their mark on the city when they first arrived in 1502.
National History Museum
At the National History Museum, discover Brazil’s pre-colonial times. This building was once part of Rio’s defense. This city is also blessed with elegant public parks like Parque Henrique Lage.
Maracana Football Stadium
Nothing ignites the local’s passion here like football. Visit the Maracana Football Stadium to have a taste of this national obsession.