Top 10 Places To Visit in Rio De Janeiro Locals Recommend!
Yes, there are many tourist attractions in Brazil, but not all are worth the money. This top 10 list will give you the scoop of places to visit in Rio de Janeiro that the locals recommend.
1. Christ the Redeemer Statue – Known as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, this is a must see on any trip to Rio. High above the city in the Corcovado Mountains, you’ll find the main attraction. The concrete statue is a towering 100 feet and is perched on a 20 foot pedestal. An amazing and inspirational journey.
2. Copacabana Beach – The renowned beach is one of the coolest places to visit in Rio de Janeiro. Come here to get a break from the heat, watch the locals play beach volleyball and if the waves are good you may even see people surfing.
3. Carnival – Looking for mind blowing Rio de Janeiro attractions, then plan your vacation for the four days in February when the samba dancers in their elaborate glittery and sequined costumes take over during Carnival. Rio has the only real Carnival, the rest of the world only imitates what they seen the Brazilians perfect.
4. Sugar Loaf Mountain –An iconic symbol of Brazil as it protrudes out of Guanabara Bay. Named after the sugar cane that was once an economic leading industry product manufactured in Rio. Tourist can now ride a cable car from the beaches to get a better glimpse of the mountain. Trails are also available on the mountain for climbers and hikers.
5. New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Attracts more than 2 million people from across the world. It is traditional to dress in white to encourage good luck throughout the New Year. With an incredible fireworks show that lasts nearly a half hour, this celebration is rivaled by New York and London.
6. Casa Rosa Cultural Center – Once you’ve crossed all the must do’s off your list, now take some time to really experience Rio de Janeiro off the touristy track. The Casa Rosa offers classes and workshops for tourists that want to learn the Brazilian art form of dance, the Samba and the Capoeira. After dark the center turns nightclub and is a great place to practice your new moves.
7. Soccer – No one can go all the way to Brazil, the soccer mecca of the world and not take an afternoon off from sight-seeing to go to the Maracana Stadium. It’s just one of those places to visit in Rio de Janeiro that you have to see at lease once.
8. Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro – Hands down the best place to stay in Rio. Luxury at a whole new level and perfectly situated on the Copacabana Beach. Fining dining, art deco décor, spa, and world class accommodations—who could ask for anything more? If the price tag is a little hefty for your wallet, don’t worry. Post up at that bar for cocktails before hitting the nightclubs for a chance to at least rub elbows with the rich and famous.
9. Brazilian Cooking Lessons – Brazilian food is exquisite and any one is better off for learning how to prepare at least one dish. Culinary and cooking tours are available and some items you may create include shrimp moqueca, batida de coco and caipirinhas. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
10. Botanical Gardens – Come smell the roses and see a variety of other plants from all over the world, not just tropical ones either. The Brazilian climate ensures lush greenery and beautiful blooms throughout the garden. Occasionally you may see little monkeys swinging in the trees above your head.
Places to visit in Rio de Janeiro are plentiful. Branch out in all areas of the city to cover the most ground and make the most of your vacation.