Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located in the south east of brazil, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second most populous city. Rio has a strong Portuguese influence as it was founded by the Portuguese empire in 1565. This world heritage site is famous for its carnivals, sea and mountains beauty, samba music, dance, football and Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio has been divided into districts: South Zone (ZonaSul); the North Zone (Zona Norte); the West Zone (ZonaOeste), Santa Cruz and Campo Grande and Barra da Tijuca district. Most people of Rio are catholic.
Climate: Tropical savanna climate, lot of heat and dry climate, so carry light summery clothes. December to February keep cool summer clothes while August-September, it is wet, so look out for the rains.
Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Santos Dumont Airport
Jacarepaguá-Roberto Marinho Airport
Subway- (Metrô Rio) and urban trains
Trams and light rail-
Santa Teresa Tram.
VLT (Light rail)
Points of Interest
Christ the Redeemer
Location: Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Timings: Everyday 8AM–6PM
How to reach:
COG TRAIN- Corcovado Station- 8am and 8pm
VAN and taxis
Located at the Corcovado mountain, this 30 meters (98 ft) and 38 meters (125 ft) tall statue to Jesus Christ has become the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Christianity around the world. Built in 1932 by French sculptor Paul Landowski , engineer Heitor da Silva Costa Brazil , French engineer Albert Caquot and Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida with reinforced concrete and soapstone, the statue was named in the list of New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. The morning sunshine is the best time to catch a good view of the statue with far less crowd and a cool breeze to add to the fun.
Location: Zona Sul across the Atlantic shore
How to reach:
cab or the city buses
Executive buses (Frescao)
The subway (metro)
vans a Ferry service( mini buses)
By Air: The airports El Alto (La Paz) or Juliaca (Peru).
By Bus: La Paz' cemetery bus terminal
This 4 km (2.5 miles) long balneario beach is one of the most popular beaches of the world. It stretches from Posto Dois (lifeguard watchtower Two) to Posto Seis (lifeguard watchtower Six). It hosts some of the most happening events like new year eve parties, celebrity music concerts etc. Some of the events in the past have featured great artists like Rod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz and The Rolling Stones. Pope Francis’s holy mass has also been held at the place. It is a breath taking beach with a great view, vibrant and fun loving people. There are sand sculptures that you can watch as you walk across the beach which are an incredible sight.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
How to reach: Yellow taxis, Radio taxi and Bus service available
Located between Leblon and Arpoador, in the South Zone of Rio, Ipanema is one of the most happening beaches with lots of activities. Also the most expensive, it is surrounded by wealthy and posh neighbourhood. The Ipanema beach means "bad water; river without fish" in local language. People come here to see this beautiful beach, relax, to play football, volleyball, and a locally invented sport called footvolley, which is a bit of volleyball and football. Posto 9 - the #9 lifeguard station and Ipanema Hippie Sunday Market are the popular spots here.
Location: Approximately 4 km from Copacabana
Approximately 8 km from Downtown Area
How to Reach: Cable Car service available
This monolithic granite and quartz mountain is a peak located in the Guanabara Bay on a peninsula in Rio. It got its name because of its resemblance to a piece of refined sugar. Famous for its cableway and panoramic views it has featured on several movies and shows. This 396 m high peak from the ocean can be accessed by two cable cars. The mountain itself is not covered by dense vegetation. The top summit offers a breath taking and stunning view of the surrounding city, beaches, forests and other mountains.
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Timing: All days of the week, 8 am to 5pm
Known as the lungs of Rio, Tijuca forests are a popular visiting site among tourists. Full of natural beauty, alluring views and wild places, Tijuca offers nature’s glory all the way. With lots of greenery, exotic plants, lovely birds and mammals, the forests give lot of capturing moments. Taunay’s waterfalls, Vista Chinese and the Visitor Center are some of the other attractions. A walk in the woods can do a lot to rejuvenate the soul, so don’t miss the great opportunity on your visit to Rio. And of course do take care to pick up something for the rain, it comes here often!