Golden beaches and lush mountains, high octane samba nightlife and spectacular soccer tournaments, welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa – Marvelous City. A gorgeous seaside hosts outstanding outdoor adventures, worthy of a cinematic backdrop: hiking in the Tijuca rainforest, cycling alongside the lake and beaches, sailing across Guanabara Bay, surfing, rock climbing and hang gliding amid one of the world’s most stunning urban landscapes. Among all of this there’s samba, an infectious rapid-fire beat that is synonymous with Rio. You can hear it all over town, but the beat is loudest in Lapa, an edgy red-light district that’s home to dozens of live-music halls and an enormous weekend street party that draws revelers from all walks of life. Samba is Carnaval’s soundtrack as the danceable backing music to street parties and all-night parades.
World Famous Landmarks
When you visit Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to see how the breathtaking views dotted with landmark sites like the Christ the Redeemer statue and the lesser-known Escadaria Selarón make it an ideal vacation spot and bucket list destination. With its world-famous beach and raucous nightclubs, Copacabana is Rio de Janeiro’s touristy epicenter. Thousands flock to this world-famous beach each year to sun themselves among the sea of Cariocas in Brazilian bikinis. The beach runs for 2.2 miles and is dotted with bars, stands selling fresh coconut water, and volleyball courts. It is a must-see in Rio, and boasts some of the city’s most famous spots like the Copacabana Palace Hotel. Ipanema Beach, the stretch of white sand on Rio’s coast between Arpoador and Leblon beaches, is considered the jewel in the city’s crown.
Christ The Redeemer
Standing with his arms spread and casting a watchful eye over Rio de Janeiro from the 700m- (2,296.6 ft.) tall Corcovado Mountain Christ the Redeemer is an important tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro, attracting approximately 1,800,000 people per year. The statue is one of the most recognized and photographed in Rio de Janeiro. You can either reach the statue via a small train, or enjoy a 50-minute trek accompanied by a menagerie of exotic butterflies, monkeys and lizards.
Stairs Of Art
The Escadaria Selarón, 125 meters of steps covered in bright tile, is a product of sheer determination by painter JorgeSelarón. The steps now serve as a source of optimism and inspiration for those who use them, as well as a never-ending reminder of the artist who created them. The Escadaria Selarón, as the steps ultimately came to be known, sit between Rua Joaquim Silva in Lapa and Rua Pinto Martins in Santa Teresa. The steps were mostly covered in 2000 and have since become a landmark in Brazil’s most famous city. Artist Selarón spent 20 years working on his staircase in Rio de Janeiro. The eccentric artist was found dead in front of his house in 2013.