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Rio de Janeiro Attractions

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Santa Teresa 4.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #1 of 57
After having lived in the mock-Miami neighbourhood of Barra for well over a month, it was a joy to find ourselves surrounded by ageing hippies, arty types, bohemians and general assorted oddballs - it was clear we were going to feel quite at home ... [more ]
Sugarloaf Mountain 5.0 stars
Mountain - #2 of 57
Pau d'Acucar - or Sugar Loaf Mountain - is a very popular tourist attraction with gringos and locals alike; at every sunset there is a tongue twister competition between the abundant couples, so don't forget to bring a date! The easy way up is to ... [more ]
Ipanema Beach - Rio de Janeiro 4.0 stars
Beach - #3 of 57
In my opinion, Ipanema beach is one of the best places in Rio. The beach is really beautiful, with blue sea, white and soft sands and coconut palms. In its east side, the Arpoador rock has a panoramic view of the whole beach as well as ... [more ]
Arpoador 5.0 stars
Beach - #4 of 57
In a visit to Rio de Janeiro, I would recommend a stop in Arpoador, a small neighbourhood in the Southern region of the city. The place is famous due to the rock which outcrops from the sea, separating Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. From there, ... [more ]
Theatro Municipal 4.0 stars
Opera, Theatre, Concert Hall - #5 of 57
The Theatro Municipal has to be one of Rio's most dramatic buildings, and you'll always spot a few tourists outside snapping away on their camera. Not many people venture inside, however, which is a shame because, as I discovered, there's plenty ... [more ]
Palacio do Catete 3.0 stars
Castle, Fortification, Palace - #6 of 57
Ordinarily you can walk from Centro to Catete and this impressive palace, but as it was pouring down I wimped out and took the metro. It was worth making the effort to come here - the granite and marble building is beautiful and also houses the ... [more ]
Copacabana Beach - Rio de Janeiro 4.0 stars
Beach - #7 of 57
Copacabana made Rio famous but Ipanema and Leblon have definitely surpassed it. There are 12 lifeguard 'posts' dividing the beaches and different groups hang out at different posts - Post 9 is the place for the young and hip, where whistling ... [more ]
Copacabana 3.0 stars
Beach - #8 of 57
First-time visitors to Rio often find themselves unsure whether to choose accomodation in Copacabana or nearby Ipanema. If you have the budget, Ipanema is far and away the nicer option, with its lovely beach, tree-lined streets and relative ... [more ]
Jardim Botanico 4.0 stars
Botanical Garden - #9 of 57
Among the treasures of Rio de Janeiro is, undoubtedly, the Jardim Botanico (Botanic Garden). Absolutely fantastic! It is possible to find more than 8 thousands of species in an area of 1.370.000m2. The vast vegetation remains the humidity of the ... [more ]
Parque das Ruinas 4.0 stars
Park - #10 of 57
Most people come to Parque das Ruinas just to take in the views from the top of the ruined mansion house, but it's worth taking the stairs in the opposite direction too, as interesting art displays are frequently held in the basement. When I last ... [more ]
Santa Teresa - Lago das Neves 4.0 stars
Natural Monument and Landmark - #11 of 57
Tucked away from the main tourist drag of Santa Teresa, Largo das Neves is becoming an increasingly popular spot for locals on weekend nights. The pretty square gets busy around 8pnm on Saturdays, when street vendors selling hotdogs, burgers and ... [more ]
Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Candelaria 4.0 stars
Church, Cathedral, Chapel - #12 of 57
This church is beautiful, but has a terrible history that makes viewing the place somewhat painful. It was outside here that a group of adolescents were murdered by police in the notorious child massacres of 1993. It's a picturesque whitewashed ... [more ]
Prainha 5.0 stars
Beach - #13 of 57
Prainha (or Little Beach) is located on the west of Barra da Tijuca, around 28 km from the Rio de Janeiro’s city centre. This small beach, between two mountains, is considered a paradise for the surfers. Indeed, the strong and perfect waves for ... [more ]
Estádio do Maracanã 4.0 stars
Stadium, Sports Arena - #14 of 57
One of the most important attractions of Rio de Janeiro and also Brazil is Maracana, the bigger football stadium of the world. It was built in 1950 to host the World Cup and nowadays the stadium is scenario of Brazilian championships as well as ... [more ]
Escadaria Selaron 5.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #15 of 57
The Escadaria de Selaron, or Lapa Steps as they're commonly known to Gringoes, are a real landmark in central Rio, but there are plenty of other opportunities to spot works by Selaron, the Chilean artist who has painstakingly covered the steps in ... [more ]
Urca 5.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #16 of 57
Urca is home of the famous Sugar Loaf, but I can affirm that the place is much more than this. Walking along Praia Vermelha (Red beach), a small part of Urca and just few minutes of Sugar Loaf, you will see that I am right. The beach itself is ... [more ]
Folklore Museum 5.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #17 of 57
This place is amazing. I stumbled across it quite by accident and was really glad I did. Entrance is free, and inside I found room after room of fascinating displays about tradition, culture and costume in Brazil. I think the exhibits change ... [more ]
Mosteiro de Sao Bento 5.0 stars
Religious Site - #18 of 57
In stark contrast to the modernist cathedral, this ancient monastery creaks with history. The altar, with its layered wood carvings covered in gold, is hugely impressive, and the silver chandeliers are gorgeous. You need to take your time ... [more ]
Cidade do Samba 5.0 stars
Other Urban Landmark - #19 of 57
Rio carnival may be the world's biggest party, but it's also far and away the most expensive time to visit the city. If you want a flavour of the carnival without the high prices, over-booked accomodation and mass tourist invasion, you'd be wise ... [more ]
Paco Imperial 4.0 stars
Opera, Theatre, Concert Hall - #20 of 57
If you speak Portuguese then this is a good place to come to catch an art-house film, but I just ducked in to escape the pouring rain. It was worth it, though - there's a nice restaurant and coffee shop with really tasty sandwiches and salads, ... [more ]
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