Top Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Top Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Rio – a city so full of life, you will find it difficult to keep up with all its energy! The football fanaticism in this country is almost palpable with a game being played around every street corner. Adding to the city’s dynamism, is the fact that it hosts the world’s biggest carnival. From street parades and eccentric costumes to blaring music and a samba dances, the city sure knows how to celebrate life. An upbeat atmosphere bolstered with the surreal coastlines of Ipanema and Copacabana, is a little example of how diverse this city is. Rio de Janeiro tops the charts of every travel enthusiast; after all Christ the Redeemer welcomes you to the city with His open arms!
Statue of the Christ Redeemer (Cristo Redentor):
Perched atop the Corcovado Mountain at an elevation of a whopping 2,300 feet, the colossal statue of Christ Redeemer was unveiled in 1931 and is said to keep an eye on the people of the city. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this imposing structure of Jesus Christ is made up of reinforced concrete and sandstone tiles and is the largest art deco style statue in the world. The most iconic destination of Rio, the base of Cristo Redentor offers breathtaking city views during the daytime, and at night the statue is all lit up, giving it an illuminating effect in the midst of dark mountain scenery. The train ticket to the top of this monument costs around R$36. Hikers are required to pay R$18 to get here.
Tijuca National Park:
Being the world’s largest urban forest, Tijuca National Park is a verdant Atlantic rainforest covering a sprawling area. When deforestation was rampant in Rio during the 1800s, Emperor Dom Pedro II ordered that Tijuca be planted with a permanent water supply that will benefit the future residents of Rio. Tijuca offers fantastic picnic spots, a number of waterfalls along a good walking track. It also includes the Corcovado that offers amazing landscapes of Rio. The wildlife here includes monkeys, insects, birds and ocelots. This place is often also known as a birdwatcher's heaven.
A tropical paradise and one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana runs close to 3 miles along the residential area of the city. It was once synonymous with glitz and glamor in Rio. It is lined from end to end with luxury hotels, restaurants and nightclubs that attract millions of tourists every year. This crescent-shaped beach is anchored by the renowned Sugarloaf Mountain at one end and the fort of Copacabana at the other. Illuminated at night, Copa will instill a surreal feeling in you. It is popular among the soccer players who are scattered all over the beach enjoying the sport. The calmness of the beach makes it a hub for swimmers and surfers. There are various concerts and events hosted on the beach too. The New Year’s Eve is one of the largest celebration in the world and a sight to behold as thousands of people gather here to enjoy the illuminating fireworks extravaganza from midnight till dawn.
Visit the world-renowned steps in Rio. Named after eccentric artist, Jorge Selaron, the Escadaria Selaron are a set steps where each tile represents the name of every country sent by people from all over the world. These iconic steps have been featured in various magazines, documentaries and even in many music videos. So strike a pose and take back a photograph you will cherish forever.
Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro:
This dominating structure in the heart of the city is one of the main cultural venues in Brazil and an invaluable opera in Latin America. Forming a part of the 7 wonders of Rio de Janeiro, Theatro Municipal is a lavish theatre built in the 1900s. Designed in an eclectic style and inspired by the Paris Opera, this cultural center is adorned with mirrors, statues, painted glass windows, beautiful chandeliers and murals. Maintaining 3 artistic bodies including a symphony orchestra, a ballet company and a choir all in one setting, t..his cultural paradise has hosted performances of famous artists, great orchestras, and renowned dance companies.
Rising at a point where the Guanabara Bay converges with the Atlantic Ocean, Sugarloaf Mountain or Pão de Açúcar. offers spectacular views of the skyline of Rio. Situated 396 meters above the sea level, the sweeping vistas of the beautiful beaches, mountain peaks and sparkling blue waters from every nook of the hill are just one part of the alluring Sugarloaf. You can also see the jaw-dropping sight of Corcovado mountain and the statue of Christ Redeemer from the top. It is said that its name refers to the similarity between its shape and concentrated refined loaf sugar. Visit the summit at the time of the sunset and treat yourself with one of the most breathtaking landscapes you will ever see.
Pedra do Telégrafo:
The Telegraph Stone or Pedra do Telegrafo is a located to the western side of the city on the white stone state park in the Guaratiba neighborhood. It once served as a military post to keep a watch on the enemy ships and prevent attacks during the Second World War. Hike up the 354-meter rock and take in the sweeping views of the Guaratiba Hill and the wild beaches of Rio. Today, tourists from all over flock to this fake cliff to pose for death-defying and thrilling photographs that are more perilous than they seem to be, overlooking the panoramic views of the ocean in the background.
The largest soccer stadium in the world and one of the most significant sports stadiums in the country, Maracana Stadium or officially known as Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho was named after Rio Maracana, which is now a canalized river in Rio. With a capacity to accommodate 100,000 spectators, the stadium hosts many events throughout the year including the 2 major championship tournaments like the Rio de Janeiro's championship and the Brazilian championship. Today, this sports arena is also used for top-tier football matches between the major club of the city like Flamengo, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama and Fluminense.
The enchanting neighborhood and the social hub of the city, Santa Teresa sits at the top of Santa Teresa Hill. This vibrant Bohemian neighborhood is known for its narrow streets which provide its visitors with a quintessential native experience. Santa Teresa became accessible to the public when the Roman-inspired aqueduct which was earlier used to bring water to the city center was transformed and used as an electric tram called the Bonde. Today, a quaint yellow tram, which is the oldest running streetcar in the city still navigates over the old aqueduct. The neighborhood houses some of the popular attractions of the city.
Acquaint yourself with the native Brazilian fauna at the very first zoo of the country. Rio de Janeiro Zoological Garden, situated on the grounds of Quinta da Boa Vista Park, houses over 2,500 wildlife species from all over and a huge wing of birds apart from other attractions. An animal lover's paradise, walk through the fauna footbridge, which is a walkway that offers suspended tunnels to watch the exotic fauna perform their daily routine up close.