For those of you who have been following the 2016 Olympic Games, you know that the city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer. If you seek to explore a new city or to spend time with nature, Rio de Janeiro is the place for you. Rio offers the best of both worlds with a booming city life, beautiful beaches, mountains and so much more. Experience Rio de Janeiro to the fullest with these five must do activities.
If you want to get some of the best views of Rio, take a ride on a cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain or Bondinho do Pao de Acucar, is a must. Have your camera ready to capture Rio’s breath taking views. Once you reach the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet above sea level, you will see the views of Niteroi, Copacabana and Santa Cruz Fortress. The cable cars move between Praia Vermelha and Sugarloaf Mountain and stop at Morro de Urca. The cable cars run between 8 AM and 10 PM every 30 minutes. One of the world’s best known attractions, the ride is divided into two sections with each section lasting about 3 minutes. The first section goes from Praia Vermelha, or Red Beach, to Morro de Urca, or Urca Hill. The second section goes from Morro da Urca to Sugarloaf Mountain where you will enjoy 360 degree views along the ride. The views, or vistas, include Rio’s Flamengo, Botafogo, Leme, Copacabana, Lpanema and Leblon beaches.
Feijoada is Brazil’s national dish which features a variety of pork slowly stewed with black beans and spices. Many restaurants around the city will feature this dish on Saturdays and is a must while visiting Rio. A few other food items that you absolutely must try while visiting Rio are pastels, Pão de Qucijo, Açaí and Kebabs. Pastels are a popular street food that contains a hot filling such as cheese, meat, shrimp or a combination of each within a pastry. These pastels can be found in the markets throughout Rio. Pão de Qucijo, or cheese bread, are highly addictive cheesy balls made from yucca flour and several cheeses. They taste best when they are served hot, straight from the oven. Açaí recently became popular in the US, from ice cream to beauty products. However in Rio it comes in a bowl or cup with granola. Kebabs are served on the street near bars or at street sambas. Kebabs consist of skewers of pork, beef, and chunks of sausage or chicken. They are grilled street side and rolled in farofa, toasted manioc flour, served on a small plate with a salad of chopped tomatoes and onions and a mound of toasted farofa.
CHRIST THE REDEEMER
Christ the Redeemer is a recognizable symbol of the city of Rio de Janerio and of the warmth of the Brazilian people who receive visitors with open arms. Located on Corcovado Mountain the art deco statue of Jesus Christ overlooks the city. Sitting at 2,300 feet above the city, the statue is one of the must see spots in Rio. On a clear day, the views from the base of the statue are fantastic. At night, the statue is lit up and looks just as amazing.
Rio is known for having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Copacabana Beach is a two mile stretch of white sand beach where both locals and tourist gather to play volleyball, drink cocktails, or soak in the sun and beautiful ocean views. The beach culture in Rio is great and is transparent in all facets of life in Rio. Sunday is the day to spend at the beach. It’s the day that many locals head out to the beaches and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.
GAFIEIRAS & CARNIVAL
Last, but certainly not least, gafieiras, or dance halls, are a great way to spend the night out. Some of the best spots can be found in the Bohemian neighborhood of Lupa. Rio knows how to party; the wildest party to definitely check out is Carnival. Carnival takes place during the month of February and lasts four days. People from around the world come to party during the festivities of Carnival. Carnival is a festival held before Lent every year and is the biggest in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The highlight of Carnival is the Samba Parade which is not to be missed.
That wraps up our list of the top five things to do in Rio. For all of your passport and visa needs, be sure to check out our company Fast Passports & Visas.