Rio De Janeiro Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Rio De Janeiro

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Rio Carnival
* Very crowded but may be part of the experience
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Traveling around the world, in search of the most famous, exciting, and down right fun places to visit, Rio de Janeiro's Carnival would be one of the finest and most important stops in Brazil. 

The Rio Carnival coincides with the 40 days before Lent. Because during Lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, the Carnival is held as a lead up to this season. The Carnival is celebrated during the days before Lent and is celebrated as a profane event. It is believed that the origins of the Carnival are set in the pagan Saturnalia, which is considered to be of the flesh and of pleasures, which truly makes the Carnival a send-off of these pleasures. 

The Carnival in Rio holds a great history in itself. Until it was recognized as being an expression of culture by the government, citizens who did not participate in the Carnival used to riot and protest its existence. The roots of the modern Rio Carnival are found in the 1800s when the rich people in the city started to hold balls and masquerade parties, ideas that came from the rich in Paris... read more arrow

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Corcovado & Christ The Redeemer Statue

"Corcovado" means hunchback and that is how this granite hill looks like. Its original name is Pinaculo da Tentacao or Pinnacle of Temptation. Corcovado with the Redemptor statue and a set of equally enchanting attractions are to be found in central Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This peak towers over the city with its 710 meters in height. You can see Corcovado, even from a distance. 

The image of Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado is quintessentially Rio de Janeiro. You can see the soaring 38-meter high icon of Christ in many a postcard of the city and of Brazil itself. Its arms are outstretched as if it is embracing the city. That's a thirty-meter hug that seems to provide a 24-hour welcome to the city's visitors. At the foot of the statue is an observation deck where you can enjoy great views of Rio de Janeiro sights, such as Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the marvelous Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, and even downtown Rio... read more arrow

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Sugar Loaf Mountain
Glide along the city of Rio de Janeiro aboard one of the cable cars from Sugar Loaf Mountain. Pao de Acucar (or Sugar Loaf Mountain) is one of the popular attractions to be found in Rio de Janiero. Through the years, it has served as an important landmark, guiding the first Portuguese safely into Guanabara Bay. Even now, it beckons, inviting visitors to climb the top and enjoy the exhilarating mountain air, as well as the spectacular vistas of surrounding mountains and the cityscapes below.

With a height of 396 meters above sea level, it affords some of the most gorgeous views of Rio de Janeiro. It is actually composed of quartz and granite. Sugar Loaf Mountain rises straight from the edge of the water.

It has since been visited by millions of tourists who were attracted to its unique shape. The mountain's shape reminds one of a sugar loaf... read more arrow
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Savor the peace and calm in Ria Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is just the right place for you to do so. The lake is a calming mixture of park, recreation area and picturesque scenes. This is where the locals go to escape the hustle and bustle of life in the city. It is surrounded by what is considered the "affluent South Side" of the city, such as Ipanema, Jardim Botanico, Copacabana, Leblon and Gavea.

The lake is 7.5 kilometers in circumference and is surrounded by the mountains of Tijuca NP. The magnificent Cristo Redentor statue atop Corcovado Mountain can be seen from here. The lake provides you with access to the Reboucas Tunnel, which goes all the way to the northern zone of the city. Mind you, the view going from the tunnel and out into the lake is simple unforgettable.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is the lagoon that limits great part of the city's south zone (Zona Sul): Ipanema, Leblon, Jardim Botanico, Gavea and Corte do Cantagalo (way to Copacabana)... read more arrow
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Come to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and be absolutely entertained by the city's dynamic and fully energized district. Its golden beaches and azure waters, along with the playful and adventurous culture draws more than two million visitors the world over. And, as you experience Copacabana Beach for yourself, you will come to understand why it is one of the most popular beaches in the world.

The area is named after the patron saint of Bolivia, our Virgin Lady of Copacabana. It lies at the foot of the hills of spectacular Rio de Janiero, at its southern part. It spans the area from Lifeguard Watchtower Six down to Princesa Isabel Avenue. As for the beach, it is 4 kilometers of pristine coastline, starting from lifeguard watchtower two down to lifeguard watchtower six. Copacabana lies in between Ipanema and Leblon.

Everyday, you will see ladies and gents lazing and sunbathing, playing volleyball and beach soccer and just plainly, letting their hair down... read more arrow
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The Carioca Aqueduct holds not just water but generations of history. It is a vital part of the Rio de Janeiro landscape and is a testimony of Brazil's brilliance combined in engineering and colonial architecture. When in this, the most quirky and fascinating of Brazil's cities, you just have to experience Arcos da Lapa via a ride in its tram. The sight of the 42 monumental arches towering over the Santa Teresa neighborhood is simply astounding. These arches extend from Santo Antonio to Santa Teresa. All in all, the aqueduct stretches to 270 meters in length. Also, the highest of the arches soars at a height of 17.6 meters. Indeed, very impressive and a sight you will truly remember Rio de Janeiro by.

Also known as the Arcos da Lapa, the Carioca Aqueduct was built in the mid-18th century. It was used to provide fresh water to the city... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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