Rio de Janeiro is the second city in Brazil famed for its staggeringly beautiful location, captivating culture, amazing greeneries, and the most popular Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Anyone who has visited this city must be so lucky to have seen a surreal creation. When we think of Rio de Janeiro, the first thing that comes to our mind is the giant statue of Cristo Redentor overlooking the city with his arms wide open. However, there is more to this city than just what we usually see on magazines and televisions. In this article, we have compiled the top tourist destinations that should be on your list when visiting this city.
Copacabana offers a perfect view of the downtown area and white sand beach on the other side. The stunning beach is open to anyone who needs sunbathing or a cool ocean dip with its deep blue sea water that is rather calmer than other beaches.
Ipanema is more than just a brand of slippers. It is a continuation of the 4km strand of Copacabana that features an insanely long stretch of white beach. Despite the number of tourists coming here, the beach is surprisingly very clean thereby revealing its natural beauty. Relaxing at the beach is a great way to end a daylong excursion of local areas. Even so, the place is never short of its own attractions such as large hotels, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants.
If you happen to visit Rio de Janeiro in January, you will witness the popular Carnaval, an annual festival held four days before the Lenten season. Rio has the most lavish Carnaval with hundreds of performers on the street parade, gigantic booths, and samba parties. The route can reach up to 700 meters long and 13 meters wide with more than 5,000 spectators. It is the loudest, most culture-rich festival in Rio every year.
Tijuca National Park
The Tijuca National Park surrounds the giant-sized statue of Christ the Redemptor (Cristo Redemptor) and will give you the most amazing site of the whole city. To explore the park, you can ride a train up t o Corcovado and follow the road through the forest.
The Grand Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro is another beautiful place to visit. You can only admire its dramatic interior and luxurious façade as you tour around the place. With a guided tour, you can learn some historical stories about the place and attend classical concerts and ballet performances.
Nossa Senhora do Carmo and Monte de Carmo
This place used to be the Royal Chapel or Capela Real from 1808 to 1889. Tourists are welcome here to worship. However, a lot more people come here to view and admire its Baroque façade, stone doorways, and white gold carvings. The church also features complicated and sophisticated carvings and decorations.