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Travel Rio de Janeiro – City of Carnival, Samba & Natural Appeal

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How about travelling in a city which is settling between the mountains, offers staggeringly exquisite attractions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seaside view from hotels, exotic ambience throughout your trip and festive and vibrant aura which bound you to enjoy endlessly. This all you can found at one destination i.e. Rio de Janerio – The Metropolitan City of Brazil.

Lets Explore Rio de Janerio with us – 

Rio de Janerio – An Exotic Seaside City of Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is one of the cities which always tops the bucket list of every traveller. Rio de Janeiro is one of the Brazils most visited cities and is renowned for its breathtaking landscape, tropical beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon and energetic festivals. But the historic landmark Christ the Redeemer and Rio Carnival are one of the major highlights for which sightseers flock to Rio.

Festivals here are among the biggest on the planet, with enthusiastic parades, ornately costumed dancers, moving and dancing on streets with vibrant Samba music, firecrackers, and road parties, Ahha What a scene to adore!! It has everything for a perfect exotic getaway.

So we are here to help you out planning your itinerary of Rio De Janeiro, Check it out!!!

Popular Things to do at Rio

Visit the Wonder of World – Christ the Redeemer

Listed under the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer tops the travel itinerary of voyagers. This well-known statue of Jesus Christ has now become the iconic landmark of Brazil and stands as the cultural and religious mark for welcoming guests. The huge sculpture is an impressive example of architectural brilliance as it standing tall at 125 feet on top of a 2,300 foot Mount Corcovado surrounded with dense forest.

Christ the Redeemer Rio, Brazil / Image Credit: globaltimes.cn

After reaching the heights you can behold the enchanting views of Rio city stretching across to the oceanic horizon. You can reach to the top by train, vehicle or walk or ride the bike to get the city’s most splendid points of view.

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Rejuvenate Yourself at Prainha Beach

Prainha Beach is one of the hidden gems of Rio where the sight of shimmering skylines and flat gives an alluring view to its visitors. Prainha is a small crescent beach filled with white sand that makes one of the most peaceful, pristine untouched beaches in Rio. The beach is surrounded by mountains of rainforests on one side and a turquoise sea with floating white waves on the other.

Prainha Beach Rio / Image Credit: theculturetrip.com

It’s a favourite among surfers and those looking for a tranquil backdrop. It is heaven for surfers as waves are low on this beach but swimming is not recommended here without a guide. If you are looking for a thrill, you can climb the top of adjacent Mirante do Caete hill you to get the spectacular panoramas of Prainha.

Enjoy Cable Car Ride to Peak of Sugarloaf

Another best-known landmark of Rio is the rock peak of Sugarloaf, towering 394m above the Rio harbour. It sits on a spot that projects in the bay and envelopes the port and is linked to the city via a low strip of land. From Praca General Tiburcio, you can take a cable car to reach the top of Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cableway runs to the top of Sugarloaf.

Enjoy Cable car Ride to Sugarloaf / Image Credit: silverkris.com

The whole mountainous coast that surrounds the bay and its islands offer an astounding 360° view of Rio. So, from the top of Sugarloaf, appreciate the mesmerising sunset in which the city is wrapped giving breathtaking shades of red, orange and yellow.

Attend the Rio Carnival

Rio owns the title of hosting the biggest, oldest and most popular carnival celebration in Brazil and it has the largest street party in the world. At Rio Carnival, the city comes to a halt as millions of people seal the colourful streets to dance upon Samba in dazzling attires, the party which is known as “Blocos”, mingle with people reaching Rio from worldwide.

Rio Carnival / Image Credit: rove.me

People of all generations parade into the fancy and ornated dress and take it off when the carnival is over. You must attend street parties & week-long carnival which makes everyone delightful, enjoy, force you to tap on your feet and fill your soul with the festival vibe.

Explore Santa Teresa & Climb Lapa Steps

Santa Teresa is Rio’s most prominent hilltop neighbourhood with silent colourful streets and hundred-year-old white roof houses. A 125 m long staircase created by Chilean Artist named Escadaria Selaron with colourful tiles for praising to the Brazilian People. Climbing this staircase and clicking colourful selfies is undoubtedly one of the most amusing things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

Lapa Steps Rio de Janeiro / Image Credit: adventurebagging.co.uk

You can witness around 2000 mosaic tiles from over 60 countries from across the world here. These steps begin in Lapa, with each of them beautifully decorated with bright designs, as well as the lead up to Santa Teresa. These 215 steps can be climbed by tourists while also appreciating the beauty along the way. Or travellers can reach this area from the city centre by taking the Santa Teresa Tram.

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Stroll at Offbeat yet Beautiful Parque Lage

Parque Lage is a stunning public park still hidden from the eyes of many backpackers. Its offbeat location surrounded by natural appeal with serene ambience made it special attraction at Rio. This astonishing park is discovered at the foot of the Corcovado in the Jardim Botanico and wrapped by lush rainforest, housing a mysterious cave, a castle-like tower, boasts amazing wandering paths, gardens for a picnic and even a massive aquarium in a peaceful backdrop.

Parque Lage Rio / Image Credit: pinterest.com

It is also the site of a sensational palace complex that once belonged to Gabriella Besanzoni, a popular Italian opera singer. Parque Lage also has a cafe and provides a view of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. So if you want to revive your soul after attending carnival then head straight towards this spot.

Visit Copacabana Beach

Situated along the shores of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach is the renowned tourist beach spot of Rio. You can wander in the soothing environment along with the promenade trees on the edge of 4 km long beachfront. Enjoy sunbathing and water sports during the sunshine and party at the shore at vibrant bars in the twilight.

Copacabana Beach Rio / Image Credit: laidbacktrip.com

This beach is divided into different regions offering different sightseeing options and outdoor activities for beach lovers. Most visitors make their way at Copacabana for soaking in the warmth of the South American tropics, for playing volley and beach soccer and partying on after sunsets.

Enjoy Hiking Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park is one of the most extensive urban forests in the world with a mountainous landscape. It protects the Tijuca Forest and several panoramic viewpoints overlooking the city and surrounds Cristo Redentor, the statue of Christ on Corcovado. Visitors can hike to Rio’s highest peak, the Pico da Tijuca, to enjoy charming views of Guanabara Bay and the city below. The major highlight of National park is the Mayrink Chapel, which has murals painted by the renowned Brazilian painter and the Cascatinha Waterfall.

Tijuca National Park Rio / Image Credit: outdoortrip.com

To explore the park, you have to reach Corcovado and then hike through the forest. Most of the trees here in this park are native species and provide shelter to Capuchin monkeys, Brazilian Raccoon, colourful Toucans, Hawks, and many other species of wildlife, which you may spot while hiking the trails.

Groove on Samba Beats at Pedro da Sal

Samba is originated from Pedro da Sal. It is one of the most conventionally adapted samba nights in the region, and the perfect way for people to experience the nightlife of the city and musical tradition.

Groove on the beats of Samba at Pedro da Sal / Image Credit: catracalivre.com.br

If you’re looking for fun stuff to do at night in Rio de Janeiro, then make sure to listen to the groups of samba bands gather for dancing and singing at this religious and historical spot on Monday nights. As the region was once the focal point of the slave trade, it is now also considered a cultural heritage site.

Tip: The best time to visit Rio is during its prominent carnival when Rio is transformed into the party capital of the world.

Relish Feijoada at Rio

The national dish of Brazil is feijoada and is made from black beans with chunks of meat – often sausage, dried meat. It is served with rice and kale, with chopped bacon and farofa, a Brazilian-style cassava flour. Apart from this taste Picanha, Brazilian Chicken Coxinha,
Pastel de Queijo, Cassava chips and Bacalhau.

If you left with some time, also pay a visit to Maracana Stadium, Largo do Boticario, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, Lagoa Neighborhood, Jardim Botanico, Sao Conrado, Ipanema and Arpoador Beach.

So many people enjoy visiting Rio de Janeiro and though it is known as one of the world’s finest and most worth seeing locations in South America. It has everything that a tourist wants in its holiday vacation itinerary from stunning mountain views to gleaming beaches, fascinating history with rich cultural heritage and savouring pleasing cuisine.

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