You must Things do in Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer
Dating back to 1931, this iconic landmark is located at an elevation of 2,330 feet and has been receiving more than 300,000 tourists each year with open arms. As your local tour guide will inform you, the massive statue of Jesus Christ is the largest religious structure in the world, and one of the seven wonders of the New World. Best seen by night with its magical lighting against a backdrop of the city lights, ride the Corcovado Train, the country’s oldest tourist ride to the top for photo ops with this majestic monument
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of the best places in Rio to enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, sea and the city’s skyline replete with Christ the Redeemer. The views are particularly breathtaking at sunset. Ride the funicular ride up the mountain to find an old cable car from the ’30s on display. Resting against the mountain is the village of Morro de Urca, a great place to explore later on with charming cottages, chic restaurants and luxurious mansions.
Copacabana is perhaps one of the most celebrated beaches in the world and the one location where one can experience the essence of Rio. With views of the city and mountains behind it and many restaurants lining up the beachfront, it is a great place to relax, drink, eat and watch people. Explore the famous sidewalks while enjoying an ice-cold cocktail. The beach is usually very crowded in summer so you might find it hard to find a good spot. On one end of the beach is Fort Copacabana with the wartime museum. Local fishermen can be seen offering their fresh catch in front of the fort each day. The 4 km long beach promenade dates back to the 1930s and is lined with closely packed apartments and hotels.
Tijuca National Park
Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring this 8,300-acre national park. The Tijuca National Park is the world’s largest urban rainforest. Visitors can do just about everything here from getting a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer and wildlife watching to hiking and hang-gliding. Attractions inside include the 100 foot tall Cascatinha Waterfall, and the Mayrink Chapel with murals painted by Candido Portinari, a famous Brazilian painter. The park can be explored on foot and is open to visitors free of cost.