Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio is one of the most popular cities in the southern hemisphere for its towering mountains, sunny beaches, elaborate carnivals, lit nightlife, forests – in short everything that gives enough reason to the travelers to flock to this marvelous city. The city has its rich cultural background and has always been the historical capital of Brazil since the historical past. Whether you are looking forward to a lazy, laidback holiday just to chill at the beaches or are all energetic to match your steps to the beats of Samba – Rio will welcome with all the warmth and hospitality. Today we have rounded up 8 such attractions in Rio de Janeiro that you must not miss to discover the true essence of this city in the best possible way.
Rio boasts of the epic Art Deco statue, Christ the Redeemer which is obviously among the top-rated tourist attractions in the city. But it is only the first page of a beautiful story, Rio de Janeiro has to whisper into your ear. The stunning Sugarloaf Mountain, the first-ever urban forest of the world – Tijuca National Park, everything just adds to the glamour of the city. Apart from spectacular & colorful events and prolific natural beauty, Rio’s street foods need a special mention whatsoever. Visit this one of its kind city and enjoy all the best things that this city has to offer to its visitors. And now let’s start with the list of the top-rated tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that you must not miss.
Must-visit Attractions In Rio de Janeiro:
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer):
Remember those quiz challenges where were are given with a set of landmarks to match with their respective countries? Against Brazil or even South America, it was always the Christ the Redeemer. So, you can easily understand how popular this massive statue of Jesus Christ is! Being listed as one of the new seven wonders of the world, the statue stands as a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer is also the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus Christ that must be on your travel itinerary while you are in Rio. You need to reach to the top of the Corcovado Mountain in central Rio to get to the marvelous statue. Not only the statue, from the hilltop yo get a mesmerizing view of the Rio city. To avoid too much crowd, consider visiting the landmark as early in the morning as you can.
There are several ways to reach to the top of the mountain. There is a Cog train, there is a van. The train runs amidst the beautiful forest of Tijuca National Park and the live samba bands inside the train will make every moment of your travel precious. For the most charged up travelers, there is also a trekking route that winds through the national park and takes about 2-3 hours to reach the destination. The choice is yours, how you wanna plan your transit.
Copacabana is a beautiful neighborhood district of Rio de Janeiro that is all adorned with long stretches of beach, ancient buildings, Copacabana Fort, and lots of picturesque cafes and restaurants. One of the must-visit attractions in Copacabana is the 4 km long Balneario Beach. Beach sports, sun, and sand or beautiful coastline – whatever be your preference, Copacabana has some of the best-assured beaches to offer you.
At the south end of the beach, you get the historic fort of Copacabana. It offers you an excellent view of Rio de Janeiro and the Copacabana and Leme beaches. Apart from being a military fort, there is also an Army History Museum which is worth checking out.
One of the most ravishing mountains in Rio apart from the Corcovado is the Sugarloaf Mountain. To reach the top, there are cable cars known as ‘bondinho’ that leave every 20 minutes from Praia Vermelha and take about 6 minutes to reach the destination. These are bubble-shaped cable cars with glass walls that give you a spectacular view of the surrounding in transit.
Sugarloaf Mountain or Pão de Açúcar is crowded every day, especially on the weekends and the holidays. So, visit it during the early morning to avoid the crowd and queue. Reaching on the top, you will get a breathtaking panoramic view of the city including the Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana. If possible visit the mountain during the evening because a fairy tale sunset awaits you at the onset of the evening if the sky is clear.
Rio de Janeiro is all famous for its vibrant and lit nightlife. And if we have to mention only one place where the night is always young, then it has to be the lively Lapa. This neighborhood of Rio is also famous for its historical monuments and structures. One of the mention-worthy among them is the Acros da Lapa which is a water bridge built in the 18th century.
Talking about the cultural scene of the region, Lapa has always been the center of bars and clubs where you get to enjoy the best of the Brazilian musicians and artists in action. You will get into the mood of festivity with the beats of Samba and Choro Music.
Sip some unique caipirinha or dig in some local cuisine, a visit to Lapa will always remain as a precious memory in your heart.
Do not miss the oh-so-vibrant ‘Escadaria Selaron‘ or the Selaron Steps that is a set of world-famous vivid mosaic steps that connect the neighborhood of Lapa to Santa Teresa.
Brazilians are crazy about soccer and that is the reason which makes visiting a stadium in the city of Rio de Janeiro a mandatory one. If that was not good enough a reason, let us tell you that Maracana Stadium is also the largest stadium in Brazil and the second-largest in South America. Being opened in the year 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, the size and capacity of the stadium have been reduced today but it has not lost its glory at all.
Now owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, the stadium is a regular place where matches among four major football clubs (Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, Fluminense, and Botafogo) in Rio are conducted.
Tijuca National Park:
The first-ever urban forest in the world and one of the largest too, Tijuca National Park sets an example in front of the world how to stop the destruction of the forest and reforest the urban land anew. The park has its own flora and fauna and one can hike up to the peak of Pico da Tijuca to catch the pristine view of the Guanabara Bay and the city. There are other hiking trails too and dancing waterfalls like Cascatinha and Taunay will woo you with their utter gorgeousness.
Among the wildlife, you get to see savannah fox, common marmoset, common squirrel monkey, Paraguayan hairy dwarf porcupine, brown-throated sloth, nine-banded armadillo, and the list is quite long.
Previously, nearly destroyed due to sugar and coffee plantation and now an urban forest of nine million trees, Tijuca National Park is a wonderland to visit for sure.
Explore Rio’s Eateries:
Everybody raves about the stunning beaches, the soaring mountains, and the foresty charms of the city but let us make you know that your trip to Rio de Janeiro is just not complete without tasting the city’s authentic and mouthwatering cuisines.
There are a ton of good restaurants in the city. Taste pao de queijo, a popular breakfast item in Rio at Casa de pao de Queijo or go and explore the street foods. At the Copacabana sidewalk, you get vendors selling mouthwatering flaky pastel or tapiocas. Do not miss out on authentic Brazilian Barbecue at Monchique and while you are in Santa Teresa neighborhood, head to Bar do Mineiro for some outstanding Feijoada.
The Museum Of Tomorrow:
This very museum is one of its kind and we will recommend our readers to visit this museum at least once. You get to learn about the consequences of overusing the natural resources of the planet and how mankind is gonna suffer for this in the near future. It will be a heart-stopping experience for you that will change your outlook towards our planet.
It is a new addition to the list of the attractive places of the city and was designed by Spanish neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava.
So peeps, how was your experience going through the writeup? Did you get motivated to set travel to this wonderful city? Rio de Janeiro is best visited in the month of February as you get to enjoy the carnivals. If you are a beach lover, December to March would be comfortable for you. Although the city is a year-long destination, booking your tickets and hotels early will always prove to be beneficial. During June to September, there is less rainfall and less fog. So you are likely to get the best views of the surrounding from the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado Mountain.