The Summer Olympics are on the horizon and Rio de Janeiro is one many people’s travel list. While cheering on sporting events will take the cake, there are plenty of other activities to occupy your time. Whether you’re an avid beach-goer or plan to take a hike, Rio de Janeiro is full of splendor.
Booked your tickets yet? Check out these bucket-list items to add to your itinerary!
Copacabana beach is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous attractions. In fact, this 2.5 mile stretch of sand is one of the most well-known in the entire world! Situated just next to downtown, Copacabana is perfectly accessible from everywhere in Rio. Hit the water before you catch some beach volleyball during the Olympics!
Known internationally due to the 1962 hit “The Girl From Ipanema,” this neighborhood outside of Rio de Janeiro is more than just a beach. With art galleries, universities, festivals, and street fairs, Ipanema is the cultural epicenter of Rio. Mark out plenty of time to explore the perfectly gridded streets, listen to bossa nova music, and relax on the fashionable beach. Tip: on Sundays, the ocean-front road is blocked off to motor traffic, so use the opportunity to walk or cycle along the beach!
Christ The Redeemer
This iconic statue is perhaps the most important point of interest in Rio. Resting atop Corcovado mountain, Christ the Redeemer is 98 feet tall and 92 feet wide. Created by French-Polish sculptor Paul Landowski and completed in 1931, the Art Deco sculpture is widely considered a masterpiece and included in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Take the glass-walled cablecar up Sugarloaf mountain for one-of-a-kind panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Located on a peninsula at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re an avid rock climber, take note than there are over 270 routes to choose from. If not, sit back and watch the climbers in action!
Walk the romantic winding streets of Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most artistic neighborhoods. Tourists and locals alike find joy in the narrow alleyways filled with galleries, shops, and cafes. Located in the center of Rio on top of the Santa Teresa hill, this hot spot is simple to access. Be sure to visit the Chácara do Céu mansion, which was the former home of famed art collector Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maia and has since been turned into a museum. The collection includes works from Matisse, Visconti, and Di Cavalcanti.
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