Welcome to the capital of samba – welcome to Rio de Janeiro! This magnificent city that rises upon Atlantic is one of the most colorful, lively and festive cities in the world and it can offer you historical sightseeing spots, impeccable beaches, paths through tropical parks as well as excellent food and unforgettable experiences. Whether you choose to visit during Carnaval or at some other time, you will be amazed by impressive scenery and beautiful people, and bring home some of the most exciting memories.

 Memories from Rio can be really bad too, so make sure to keep your safety in check; muggings are quite common so avoid walking alone or hanging out at empty squares or parks and beaches after dark. Keep your values really close and secure and use ATMs inside banks, malls or supermarkets.

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When to Visit

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December – March Peak season; hotel prices are high but the city’s most notable events are held these months. Reveillon (New Year’s Eve) includes live music and firework shows along Copacabana beach. In February, the Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is one of the best-known carnival celebrations in the world.

June – September Brazil’s winter season with mild temperatures and inflated hotel prices.

October – November Spring is a good time for visitors; mild and dry weather with fewer crowds.

Corcovado 

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Corcovado Mountain is located in the heart of Parque Nacional da Tijuca, it is over 700m tall and it is a home to the most famous statue in the world and an icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil – statue of Christ the Redeemer. There are more than 200 steps built to climb up to the Savior’s feet and every step of the way you can enjoy the most glorious views of both statue and surrounding panorama. You can get there by tram or organized tours by van; it’s not possible to go by your own car.

Cristo Rodentor 

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This magnificent statue of the Christ the Redeemer is the symbol of Rio and one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. It is located on the top of the Corcovado Mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, welcoming visitors and blessing the locals. This reinforced concrete and soapstone Art Deco statue was finished in 1931. and ever since considered to be a Brazilian National Heritage and one of the most photographed iconic spots in Rio.

Open: Daily 08:30AM-07:00PM

Price: Free

Tram: High season R$74/Low season R$61/Kids (age 6-11) R$48/Seniors, Brazilians and foreigners residing in Brazil R$24

Van tours and cars: varies depending on the starting point and transporter; boarding time is daily from 08:00AM to 04:00PM or 06:00PM.
If you want more information check the the website www.paineirascorcovado.com.br


 Tickets for the tram are sold in advance only; you can’t buy tickets in the box office for the same day. For more information visit www.tremdocorcovado.com.br

Museu Histórico National

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Aside from keeping and displaying the history of people of Brazil, this museum also has a rich history regarding building itself, which was once a military fort built in 16 th century by King Sebastian I of Portugal, prison for slaves in 17th century, ammunition depot in 18th century, and expanded with the War Arsenal (1764) and the Barracks (1835). Today it is a museum complex with the richest numismatic collection in South America, and with more than 200 000 artifacts depicting origins of life and culture in Brazil, including colonial and postcolonial times.

Open: Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM-05:30PM; Weekends and holidays 01:00PM-05:00PM

Closed: Mondays

Price: Adults R$10/Seniors and Students R$5/Free for Children (<2).For more information check the official website:
http://mhn.museus.gov.br

Praça XV

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Full name of this square is Praça XV de Novembro, honoring November 15 th, the day of proclamation of Republic in this very spot in 1889. This is the oldest square in the city and the core around which the small port developed into the magnificent place we know today. It was a market place, and the trading market still exists today, alongside monuments and institutions located around historical buildings of the city.

Moistero de São Bento  

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This architectural beauty is an abbey church and Benedictine monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat. It was built in 17 th century, and it is a grandiose representative of Brazilian baroque that was at its peak in 18th century, when the interior of the church was decorated with wood carvings, paintings, statues etc. If you are a religious Catholic, or simply enjoy Gregorian chants, stop by the church on Sunday’s High Mass at 10am and enjoy the singing of choir of Benedictine monks.

Open: Daily 07:00AM-05:30PM

Price: Free


 It is forbidden to take photographs of any kind inside the church, and there are no drinks around the monastery, so make sure to carry some water.

The Carnival 

The carnival in Rio De Janeiro is a festival held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in. One of the most traditional samba schools is the parade of Mangueira and is composed of a collaboration of local neighbors that want to attend the carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical and common background. The Carnival begins every year on Friday and ends on Ash Wednesday, but the Winners' Parade happens on the Saturday after the carnival ends. The most famous events happen in the Sambadrome. For more information about the events and booking the tickets visit http://www.sambadrome.com/.

Upcoming carnival events:

March 1–9/2019, February 21–29/2020, February 12–20/2021, February 15–23/2022

Parque Nacional da Tijuca 

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Tijuca National Park is literally a jungle in the middle of the city. Tourists have the opportunity to enjoy wildlife just around the corner from the urban scenery, and have an adventure of their lifetime by taking a jeep tour through the forest, go on a Pantanal Carioca Sightseeing Boat Tour through the Lagoon Complex of Barra da Tijuca, go hang-gliding above Pedra Bonita or go trekking with a tour guide to the top of Pedra da Gavea. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy breathtaking views and panoramas, especially in early mornings or during a sunset. For more information about tours and prices visit Outdoor activities at www.riodejaneiro.com

Sugar Loaf Mountain 

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This may be the best place for taking astonishing panoramic photographs in the city: you can see the entire bay, the city, Corcovado and statue of Christ the Redeemer, and witness the most beautiful sunset in the world. You can also enjoy climbing to this high granite and quartz monolith, watching the birds and enjoying the scenery, recommendable after the rain for the clearest views. You can get there by cable car, and enjoy lunch or coffee from the cable car stations in Urca.

Open: Daily 08:00AM-07:50PM (Cable cars leave from Urca every 20 minutes)

Price: R$85

Jardim Botânico 

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You can escape the city crowd and find a peaceful oasis after busy sightseeing time in these beautiful gardens. The most famous attractions of Rio’s Botanical Garden are the orchid house, imperial palms and giant Amazonian water lilies. Aside from enjoying the peace and admiring the rare plants, you can also have excellent coffee or a meal in some popular restaurants and bars nearby. For more information about attractions, tours and prices visit http://en.jbrj.gov.br/

Open: Mondays 12:00PM-05:00; Tuesday-Sunday 8am-5pm

Closed: December 25th, January 1st

Price: Adults R$7/Free for Seniors (>60) and Children (<7)


Flamengo Park 

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Flamengo Park, also known as Aterro do Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes and is the largest public park and recreation area within the city of Rio de Janeiro, in eastern Brazil. The park is located along Guanabara Bay, in the Flamengo district of the city, between Downtown Rio and Copacabana. Flamengo Park has a strong sports tradition, with many different outdoor recreational facilities available. The park is the start off and return location of various marathons in the city. It provides a main segment for Rio's Cycling Race, a Latin American event that allots the largest amount of points on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world ranking.

Museum of Tomorrow 

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The Museum of Tomorrow also known as Museu do Amanhã is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: CosmosEarthAnthropocene, Tomorrow and Us via a number of experiments and experiences. This intricate yet captivating museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities and an ecological world.

Open:Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00AM-6:00PM, with latest arrival time at 5:00PM.

Price:  Full price 20R$/ Half price 10R$ for Under 21yrs, people with disabilities and students from private school.

Free admission: On Tuesdays (voucher must be obtained only at the Museum box office),

Students of the public elementary and middle school, kids Under5yrs or elderly over 60yrs.  

For more information about booking your tickets and timings visit https://museudoamanha.org.br/en.

Copacabana 

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This is one of the most famous beaches in the world, with captivating shape of the crescent moon, pristine white sand, and mosaic-tiled promenade. You can enjoy regular day at the beach, sipping caipirinhas and watching cariocas (local residents of Rio) play beach volley, soccer or simply bathe in the sun. This 4km long beach is also known as a location of one of the most visited concerts in history and listed in Guinness World Record book, performed by rock superstar Sir Rod Stewart on New Year’s Eve in 1994.

 It is highly recommendable to use sunscreen to avoid sunburns; always remember to keep up with security and avoid staying on the beach after dark.

Ipanema and Leblon Beachlife 

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Ipanema and Leblon are fancy beaches in rich neighborhoods. Those places are well secured, and well supplied; you only need a bathing suit and sunglasses, everything else from shades to drinks and fruit you can get on the beach. But, mind your surroundings, since this is a highly fashionable area, swarming with gay community that will judge your style with trained eye.

 A must do in Rio de Janeiro is dinning in one of the numerous steak houses churrascaria that serve all-you-can eat meat dishes, with red and green cards that signal waiters whether to continue serving you with meat (red for yes, and green for no).

Escadaria Selarón 

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Jorge Selarón was Chilean painter and sculptor, and yet one of the numerous artists who died in poverty and didn’t live up to see the day when his work was recognized and appreciated. Nowadays, what once seemed like a silly project of renovating steps near his house is the world known sightseeing spot in Rio de Janeiro. This unique piece of art consists of 215 steps decorated with thousands of tile pieces, some of them collected from Rio’s construction sites, and some of them donated by many who in the end started to see this art for what it was to become – a symbol of Rio and its most famous spots.

Favela Tours

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These dense build shanty towns hold about a third of entire city’s population, and these tours are for educational purposes only – tour guides are spreading the knowledge about their communities and lifestyle, and improving their economy with it as well. If you wish to get a more insightful look in economy, lifestyle and cultural aspect of this “other side” of the city, it is best to book a professional tour that usually includes a few hours of exploring and interaction with community through the most peaceful of all 500 Rio’s favelas – Rocinha.

Price: You can easily find information about these tours on website www.favelatour.org

Michael Jackson Statue

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This statue of famous singer was brought up in one of the favelas, Santa Marta favela, to honor the king of pop one year after his death. The reason for this tribute is the great popularity and respect that Michael Jackson earned from locals by filming his video for the song “They Don’t Care About Us” inside favela in 1996., showing the world for the first time the harsh truth about life conditions and poverty in these slums. The tribute includes a statue, large mosaic and some friendly graffiti located on the spot of filming.

 

Maracana

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Maracana stadium is mainly used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama. It has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events. In 1950 the stadium became the world's largest stadium by capacity, with total attendance of 199,854 at aFIFA World Cup game.

Today visitors can have a tour inside the stadium and enjoy the permanent exhibition that brings together important pieces of Brazilian football history, such as Garrincha’s uniform at the 1962 World Cup, as well as the footmarks of idols such as Roberto Dinamite and Pelé.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the tour, located at Gate 1 and open daily from 8:30AM-4:30PM. You can buy online ticket as well in different websites or travel agents. The prices are different from 25BRL to 60BRL depending if you would like full/half day tour and a tour guide with you.


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