With its beautiful sandy beaches and soaring mountains, it’s no wonder that Rio-de-Janeiro is also known as “cidade maravilhosa” meaning ‘a marvellous city’. It is the second largest city in Brazil which has beautiful natural metropolis setting of the world. Carnivals or NYE celebrations in Rio are great experiences. If you are planning to visit Rio-de-Janeiro, then you should know the most attractive sights of this place. Just flip through the following points
Places to visit in Rio de Janeiro
The most famous monument of Brazil- “Christ the Redeemer” is the first attraction to many tourists. The statue of “Cristo Redentor” is standing with his arms outstretched. It is constructed at the top of Corcovado peak at a height of 2330 feet. You can take a vertical cog train to reach its base. Now, you have to climb almost 100 steps to reach the top. Or, you can also go for escalators or lifts to have a smooth journey.
To refresh yourself along with your family, you can go to the Copacabana beach. The Rio locals called it as “cariocas”, where the vendors hawk their snacks and drinks from the kiosks. You would love to stroll along the promenade which is 4km long and borders the beach.
If you love mountains, then you can visit Sugarloaf Mountain which is situated at 400 meters on the mouth of Guanabara Bay. You can hire a cable car which is available after every 20 minutes from the Babilonia Hill base and can climb to Morro da Urca Hill top.
The city’s red light district which is situated in the downtown section of Rio is the Lapa Neighbourhood. It is very popular for its jazzy nightlife. On weekend nights, you will get here a lot of choro and samba bars. The architecture of this place dated back to 1800s. The national cocktail, Caiprinha adds to its enjoyment with dance and music.
For the entertainment of your kids, you can take them to Tijuca National Park which is the largest urban forest in the world. To enjoy a more broad view of the city and Guanabara Bay, you can climb to the highest peak of Rio named Pico da Tijuca.
Watch football games in Rio de Janeiro – host city of FIFA World Cup
Built for FIFA World Cup 1950, Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, also known as the Maracana, provided the venue for that year’s truly memorable decider between the host nation and Uruguay, one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of the competition. The Rio de Janeiro stadium will be in the limelight once again at FIFA World Cup 2014, hosting seven games in all, more than any other venue. Among those matches will be the Final match on July 13th.
Food in Rio- de-Janeiro
Travelling without food is very tiring, right? If you love to take sweet dishes, then “quindim” is a yummy cake which is made of egg yolk, sugar and coconut. If you love meat, then you can’t miss Churrasco – made of ten types of meat including chicken, wild boar and alligator.
Hotels and Accommodations
There are many luxurious hotels in Rio-de-Janeiro. Hotel Sao Francisco is a three-star hotel where you can get a family-friendly environment to stay with your family. Holiday Inn Express Athens University is also a cheap and luxurious hotel, only 3-blocks away from the downtown. If you want to have a beautiful roof top experience, then Windsor Atlantica Hotel is the right place for you.
So, pack your bag and bagging now and enjoy your holiday with your family among the beautiful beaches and mountains of Rio-de- Janeiro.