Incredible natural attractions, spontaneity that transforms everything into party and hospitality, world-famous iconic monuments - all that makes the city of Rio de Janeiro an unforgettable and unique destination.
With 450 year of history, Rio boasts fascinating treasures in its museums with enviable collection. The land of carnival and samba, and of several theaters, music venues, commercial and gastronomic locations open during the whole year.
But it is the match of the geography of the area – the sea, mountains and forests – along with the human presence that makes Rio de Janeiro a unique city. Extraordinary scener-ies surround many places in the city. It was the first city in the world to be considered UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Recently, in 2007, Valongo Wharft was also considered UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Built in 1811, it was the landing place and trade area of enslaved Africans until 1831.
Besides the most famous attractions, like Christ the Redeemer, the art deco statue of Jesus Christ and the Sugarloaf Mountain, a mountain range, the city has also many nature, adventure, religious, historic and cultural tours, such as walks in the Botanical Garden and rides in the Santa Teresa Tram, visitations to the Metropolitan Cathedral and to the Museum of Modern Art, and the possibility of taking off from Pedra Bonita’s ramp and flying over the city.
Sports are also an important feature of the cariocas’ culture (those who are born in the city). Its 90 km of beaches are spot to play volleyball, soccer and footvolley. Rio is the largest urban climbing center, presenting all levels of difficulty mountain climbing, such as Pedra da Gavea and Bico do Papagaio.
At Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban forest, people are always going for walks and practicing other sports, such as climbing and free flights. The park, besides preserving the remaining Atlantic Forest, protects springs and basins of rivers like Carioca and Maracanã, which supply part of the city.
One of the best ways to enjoy Rio is on foot. There are many options besides the traditional Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon sidewalks. Near there, Rodrigo de Freitas Lake is one of the city’s main leisure areas, with beach stands, playgrounds, skateboarding tracks, restaurants and mountains and forests views. Preferably, go on a weekend, when it is calmer.
And if you are visiting the Sugarloaf Mountain, remember that there is not only the tram. Spare an hour to take a walk towards the sea and you will see the Vermelha Beach, squeezed between the mountains. Seize the opportunity and check if there are climbers on the mountains. When facing the sea, look for, at the left side, the Cláudio Coutinho trail and go for a walk by the sea.
You will not regret it – the buildings disappear at the first curve and you will only see the sea, the mountain, the birds and the trees, as if you were not in a big city.
Tom Jobim International Airport receives flights from 25 cities. You can also at the Santos Dumont Airport, if you are already in Brazil.
If you are departing from another city in Brazil, you can take a bus at the Rio Bus Terminal (website only available in Portuguese), close to the Downtown and to the South Side. There are busses from the main companies arriving daily.
Several cruise ships also stop at Rio de Janeiro Port (website only available in Portuguese). The Itineraries vary according to the companies and tour package. Consult specialized companies.
Rio de Janeiro bus lines cover the whole city. Check the itineraries to the main city attractions(website only available in Portuguese).
It is delicious walk around the streets of Rio de Janeiro, especially on the sidewalks of Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema beaches. Enjoy it!
Rio subway is safe, efficient and easy to take. Tickets are sold at the counters and vending machines at stations. Working hours are from Mondays to Saturdays, from 5 A.M. to midnight, and on Sundays and holydays, from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M. Check the stations map.