The city of Rio de Janeiro is also known as the “cidade maravilhosa”, meaning marvelous city with its high mountains, sandy beaches and picturesque harbor. It faces the South Atlantic coast, this second-largest city of Brazil is blessed with one of the most beautiful natural settings for a metropolis in the world. The stunning landscape is just one of the many reasons that allure visitors from around the world to Rio. During the carnival season, the streets get filled with music and ornately costumed dancers, attracting party lovers from all across the globe. If you are planning a visit to Rio de Janeiro and wondering which attractions, then read on to this article and know about the top tourist attractions. Read more about Things to Do When in Rio de Janeiro.
Settled atop the 710 meter (2,330 feet) high peak of Corcovado Peak, the beautiful statue of “Cristo Redentor” stands with arms outstretched, looking calmly out over the city. The construction of the statue started in the year 1922 during the heyday of the Art Deco movement. Today, this concrete and soapstone statue is known to be the largest statue designed in such genre all around the world. Most of the travelers take a vertical cog train to arrive at the base of the summit. From there, visitors need to climb hundreds of steps to reach the top of this monument. However, nowadays, escalators and elevators are available to shorten the trip. Book exciting holiday packages with EaseMyTrip.com and get great discounts.
Covering a large area of a mostly rocky landscape, Tijuca National Park is renowned as one of the largest urban forest in the world. Travelers can easily hike to Rio’s highest peak, “the Pico da Tijuca” to take expansive glimpses of Guanabara Bay and the city below. Almost destroyed in the early 1800s by trespassing coffee plantations, rest of the forest was replanted by hand in the latter half of the century with around nine million trees. Some of the other attractions included in this area are the tumbling 100-foot Cascatinha Waterfall and the Mayrink Chapel that features murals painted by the Famous Brazilian neo-realism painter Cândido Portinari.
Situated in the downtown section of Rio known as “Centro”, this place was once used to be city’s red-light district. However, today Lapa Neighborhood is known for its vibrant nightlife. Studded with choro and samba bars and the music & dancing spills out into the street during weekend nights. It is the perfect place to meet up with friends and cariocas to sample local food and to sip caipirinha, the national cocktail that is made with sugarcane hard liquor and lime. It should be noted that “Escadaria Selarón”, a set of famous steps connects both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.
Located to the west of the Lagoa neighborhood, Jardim Botanico, also known as the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden houses more than 8,000 species of plants. Constructed in the early 1800s, the garden features many specimens including avenues of soaring palm trees. Visitors come here to the park to see the 600 species of orchids. This garden also consists of a number of monuments, fountains and features, including a Japanese garden, the new Museu do Meio Ambiente and a pond filled with water lilies, which displays exhibits that focus on the environment.
Apart from these, the Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema, Copacabana, Santa Teresa Neighborhood, Maracana Stadium and Lagoa Neighborhood.