Top Ten Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

Top Ten Attractions In Rio (in no particular order)

Enjoy Rio de Janeiro as much as I did! Xoxo. Julie 

1) Christ the Redeemer –

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Every year, over 300,000 people visit the statue of Christ using the Corcovado Train. This huge white statue of Christ has become a symbol of Rio de Janeiro and its people, welcoming its visitors with its arms wide open.

2) Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Mountain is considered by many to be the best view of the city the sea and the mountains. Take the gondola for an incredible view of Guanabara Bay, Botafogo beach to the north and Copacabana to the south.

3) Impanema and Copacabana Beaches – &

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Wonderful stretches of beach, gorgeous people to watch fashionable streets discovering chic boutiques, trendy restaurants and hip cafes and bars. On Sundays, there is a hippie market in Praça General Osório where handcrafts, clothes and souvenirs can be found.

A perfect place to eat, drink, relax and people watch.

4) Carnaval

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“Carnaval is perhaps the largest event in Rio with venues and parties all around town. The highlight is the spectacular samba school parade, a rich and colourful exhibition of 14 groups each day along the street, and the Sambadromo, with seating for the 70,000.”

5) The Favela Painting Project – The favela painting project isn’t an attraction that many even know about and official tours aren’t in fact even given. But, this is something that I think is so unique and astounding that people should be able to visit. After doing some research it seems that guests at Casa 579 ( have been able to arrange tours/a visit through it’s owner Teresa.

Favela Painting Project:

“Haas&Hahn is the working title of artistic duo Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn. They started working together in 2005, when they filmed a documentary about hip hop in the favelas of Rio and São Paolo for MTV. Inspired by this visit, they embarked on a journey to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth.”

6) Parque Nacional (UNESCO World Heritage Centre) & Tijuca Forest – &

The best place to visit to get an idea of what Rio once looked like, with over 46 square miles of tropical rain forest, walking trails, stunning views of the city, waterfalls, creeks and wonderfully varied greenery. This is the largest urban reserve in the world and it only takes about 20 minutes to immerse yourself in nature. Serious hikers can climb to the 3320 feet summit of Pico da Tijuca, while others can simply enjoy the 115 feet waterfall, Cascatinha de Taunay, at the Alto da Boa Vista. Hang-gliding takes off from the top of the Tijuca Forest.

7) Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens –

“Just minutes from both Copacabana and Ipanema, the Jardim Botanico is a wonderful place to spend a leisurely afternoon if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Nestled directly under the right arm of one of the newest seven wonders of the world, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, the Garden also provides one of the most amazing views of the statue in all of Rio de Janeiro. The Botanical Garden extends over 350 acres and is home to more than 6,000 different species of both tropical and subtropical plants and trees. The Botanical Garden is far from uninhabited however, as it is also home to over 140 species of birds.”

8) Art Museums & Museums (Varied) – “Rio de Janeiro has a variety of museums and art galleries to visit that offer a rare opportunity to see current and past Latin American painters. There are also museums commemorating important Brazilians, such as the museum dedicated to the best-known composer in South America, Rio native Heitor Villa-Lobos.”

National Historical Museum –

Indigenous People’s Museum –

Museum of Modern Art –

9) 2014 World Cup (soccer) & 2016 Summer Olympics – Need I say more? These two events are definitely on my list and I am hoping to return for both.

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10) Bonde de Santa Teresa – NOTE: To be relaunched in 2014 after several fatalities due to speed and overcrowding.

This cable car is all that remains of what used to be the principal form of transportation in the city. Starting in Lapa, by the Cathedral, cross the towering viaduct to Santa Teresa. Then you have the option to take the ride all the way to the top of the hill, or get off to see the Museu da Chácara do Céu. The views from the top rival those of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf.

One Response to Top Ten Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

  1. Very nice post. Im happy you enjoyed it!

    George Ellis March 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM Reply

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