5 places you must see in Rio de Janeiro

Facing the South Atlantic coast is Brazil’s second-largest city, the natural, dazzling, and beachy Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian city is rich with natural sites, with its, lush rainforests, sandy beaches, breathtakingly beautiful harbors, tropical landscapes, soaring mountains, and even notable culture, which are all the reasons Rio de Janeiro is known as the “cidade maravilhosa”, or the marvelous city. 

The marvelous city has one of the most beautiful natural settings for a metropolis in the world, with its unseen passages to the to the glorious forests and sandy beaches that continues to harbor millions of tourists every year, especially in time for summer, when the city is celebrating the carnival season, and the beautiful streets are heavily decorated and filled with music and dancers. Book cheapest flights to take a trip to Rio de Janeiro and enjoy the beautiful natural setting of the marvelous city. 

Before proceeding to list down the top 5 must places you should see on your trip to the city in our informative article, I want to mention some do’s and don’ts in the city. When you are traveling to any city or country for the first time ever, you need to learn a little beforehand, to be safe in the city and make the most of your time there. Therefore, I have made a small list for you of some of the do’s and don’ts to make your stay in the amazing city all the very worthwhile. 

Do’s and Don’ts in Rio

Don’t worry about bringing cash to exchange with you or using the ATMs as you can pay for almost anything with a card in Rio. 

Don’t forget to pack some light clothes, two-pieces, and sundresses with you like the weather in Rio is humid all around the year. 

Do take care of your valuables as Rio is notorious for thieves and their petty crimes. Don’t walk around showing off your camera on the streets or using your phone on the bus stop as they can get snatched.

Don’t use taxis to travel within Rio because chances are, you will get scammed by the drivers. Instead, use Uber as they are safer and costs way less than taxis. 

Listed down below are the top 5 places that you must see in Rio de Janeiro. 

Christ the Redeemer

The iconic statue of Jesus Christ, Christ the Redeemer, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Christ stands still 2,330-foot above the ground-level on the Corcovado Mountain, with his arms outstretched to the city. The statue is 125 feet tall and is made of concrete and covered in soapstone mosaic tiles. 

Jardim Botânico

Jardim Botânico is a breathtakingly beautiful botanical paradise spreading out across more than 340 acres. The serene gardens are home to more than 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora, orchids to jasmine-mango heliconias, and is the essence of tranquility. The lush sanctuary has been growing plants since 1808 when it was built by Regent Prince D. João to adapt spices from other regions, 12 years after which it was open to the public. 

Even Albert Einstein knew no visit to Rio is complete without a trip to the placid Jardim Botânico, its playground, the famous souvenir shop, and the La Bicyclette restaurant.

Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park is one of the top spots for hiking and other similar sports activates. The expansive green rainforest is home to waterfalls, green mountainous landscapes, more than 1,600 plant species and more than 350 different species of mammals, amphibians, birds, and reptiles. The largest urban rainforest on earth has three sectors: Forest, which has hiking trails and picnic areas, the Carioca Hill, which is known for mountain the statue of Jesus Christ stands upon, and Pedra Bonita, and Gávea, where millions of visitors go for hang gliding and rock climbing.

Ilha Fiscal

Engineer Adolfo del Vecchio might have wanted to make a child’s fairy-tale book’s palace when he completed the designing of the remote neo-Gothic castle Ilha Fiscal in 1889. The castle is hauntingly beautiful and is made up of a Ceremonial Room, now used for Navy formal events, hardwood mosaic floors and extravagant stained glass.

Lagoa Neighborhood

The Lagoa Neighborhood is located in the downtown section of Rio known as “Centro” and is the third-most expensive neighborhood in all of South America. The area comprises of a large lagoon known as the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, which is a great spot to cycle and jog, beautiful beaches and amazing open-air cafés and restaurants along the shore. The area was once a red-light district, however, it is now known for its vibrant nightlife. Filled with bars, dance and music scenes, the neighborhood is the perfect place to spend a weekend with your friends, try the local traditional cuisine while enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful view of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

1 Comment
  • Agness
    Posted at 12:46h, 09 January Reply

    Hi Victoria, this is great and wonderful. Can you suggest places to see in a half day tour?

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