Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the samba pathway is a must-see to those who want to see up close
the greatest spectacle on earth,
with the samba schools
One of the most famous beaches on
planet, Copacabana has 4 km of
white sand with kiosks, sidewalks,
performances on the sand,
volleyball, soccer and lots of
It houses the samba school warehouses where the fancy dresses and floats used in Carnival are created. It also serves as a
stage related for this
Besides its architectural beauty, this Bohemian neighborhood has bars and nightclubs where a wide array of rhythms is played. Samba is
the most popular and sought
after by tourists.
Santa Teresa is a picturesque and
charming neighborhood that sends
us back in time when the main
transportation was cable cars.
Street carnival is
Petrópolis, Nova Friburgo, Cabo Frio and the city of Rio de Janeiro offer a variety of services geared towards well-being, which are among the country’s main tourist destinations and attract visitors from all around the world, seeking the renowned Brazilian excellence in the field of aesthetics.
Visconde de Pirajá Road
Visconde de Pirajá Road is a reference in local fashion labels. Here visitors can find the famous biquinis that are sold in major department stores around the world. Informal clothing items for men and women can also be purchased here.
Garcia D’avila Road
Located in the Ipanema neighborhood, the street brings together international luxury brands, from clothing to accessories and jewellery. The Amsterdam Sauer Museum with its more than 3,000 precious stones is also well worth a visit.
SAARA (Association of Friends of the Streets Surrounding Alfândega Road) is an association formed in 1962 by businessmen from one of the oldest and most dynamic retail areas in Rio de Janeiro. It sells all sorts of merchandise and attracts ober 80,000 visitors a day.
São Cristovão Market
São Cristóvão Market is the most important northeastern-inspired fair in Rio, offering handicrafts, food, drinks, folklore and plenty of music for visitors to shop, eat and generally have fun. The Luiz Gonzaga Traditional Northeastern Center is located in the São Cristóvão and receives more than 3,000 people every month.
Lavradio Road was the city’s first residential street and hosts the event on the first Saturday of every month. The fair creates a special vibe with its stores, antique dealers, stands and local bars and restaurants, which put tables and chairs out on the sidewalk creating a party atmosphere.
Modern Architecture Itinerary
Visit an open air museum. Rio de Janeiro abounds in samplings of Modernism-style buildings like the Gustavo Capanema Palace with tile-made panels by the Brazilian artist C‚ndido Portinari, and gardens designed by the renowned landscaper Burle Max.
Rio is one of the main Brazilian destinations for LGBT tourism. The city has special locations to receive this public, and improves facilities for LGBT tourists every year. The city was elected by Trip Out Gay Travel as the sexiest gay City in the world.
Opened in 1950 to host the World Cup, the Mário Filho Stadium will host the final of the 2014 tournament. Maracanã once held 200,000 spectators. It has been the stage of some major sporting events, including the one thousandth goal by Pelé(1969). It houses a museum dedicated to football.
Marina da Glória
The marina receives national and international vessels and has facilities for sailing and boat rental. The location also regularly hostsshows and events.
The city has the highest Human Development Index in the State of Rio de Janeiro, and is a pleasant destination full of natural attractions that can be visited in one day. This is the site of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Symbol of the City, the building was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Opened in 1914 to reinforce the defenses of Guanabara Bay, this is a tourist spot with a privileged view. It houses a branch of the famous Colombo Confectioner.
Visit to the Historical Buildings
Visit the streets in the center is like travelling back in time. The city has over hundreds assets enlisted, dating to different times, like Quinta da Boa Vista ñ a wonderful neo-classic building ñ and Confeitaria Colombo patisserie that preserves the Art Noveau style of the beginning of the century.
Catete Palace/República Museum
This was the seat of the Federal Government from 1897-1960, and 18 Presidents have passed through its doors. Important historical events took place here, such as the announcement of Brazil’s participation in World War II and the suicide of Getúlio Vargas, president at the time.
City of Music
The samba is par excellence carioca. It has a presence that goes well beyond Carnival, and is celebrated in daily life all across the city. Bossa Nova is still the best-known Brazilian music style outside the country. A musical style that is a little louder is the carioca funk.
Museum of Modern Art
It has 11,000 art works in its permanent collection, including paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists. Brazilian artists including Di Cavalcanti, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Franz Weissmann, Amílcar de Castro and Wyllis de Castro also have works on display.
A Walk Through the Center
The center of Rio is a place that exudes history. A walk through the main sites in the center takes the visitor on a trip to the old Rio, a city that blends strong European influence with a tropical seaside landscape.
In the 1760s Master Valentim was tasked with the duty of building a park to the city of Rio de Janeiro. Today the Passeio Público maintains the rococo-style big gate in wrought iron that bears the Royal Coat of Arms.
São Bento Monastery
Founded in the 16th century by Benedictine monks, it gathers a monastery and a church. The façade conserves the traits of the building whose construction started in 1617. Indoors the church is very rich and totally covered with golden engravings. It is considered to be one of the main Colonial art monuments in the country.
Nossa Senhora da Glória Church
In the 17th century the hill now known as Outeiro da Glória housed a chapel devoted to Nossa Senhora da Glória. The current church was built early in the 18th century and concluded in 1739. The design is believed to be by the Colonel Lieutenant José Cardoso Ramalho.
During the mandate of Aires de Saldanha (1719 – 1725) an aqueduct was built to bring waters from the Carioca River spring, from the Santa Teresa Hillsides to the Largo da Carioca. The Carioca Aqueduct further became an overpass to the cable cars.
In 1903 the Mayor Pereira Passos launched a call for bid to projects to build the Municipal Theater. The most notorious painters and sculptures of that time, like Eliseu Visconti, Rodolfo Amoedo and the Bernardelli brothers, were invited to ornate the building.
Gustavo Capanema Palace – Building of the Ministry of Education and Health
The building is the most remarkable icon of modern architecture in Brazil and the first application in monumental scale of Le Corbusier's ideas. It houses panels by Portinari, gardens by Burle Marx and a sculpture by Celso Antônio Dias.
Brazilian Press Association
Built according to Le Corbusier’s precepts, the building is of undeniable architectural value. The furniture and equipment serving the building were designed by the Roberto brothers.
The establishment of the Royal Library in Brazil has to do with the transfer of the Portuguese royal family and court to Rio de Janeiro, in 1808. The National Library of Brazil is considered by UNESCO as one of the ten biggest national libraries in the world, and is also the largest library in Latin America.
Former Casa da Moeda
In 1853 the Minister of Finances, Joaquim José Rodrigues Torres, Viscount of Itaboraí, asked the Chambers the finance the construction of the Rio de Janeiro Casa da Moeda (Treasury) headquarters, which had been founded in 1767 to cast and mint the gold extracted from mining.
Rui Barbosa House
The house was built in mid-19th century and purchased by Rui Barbosa in 1893. The neo-classic building is surrounded by a nice garden, has partial multi-story house surrounded by the main façade with several doors and windows. There is also a large veranda parallel to the main façade.
Chácara do Céu
Former property of the Raimundo de Castro Maia’s family, where his son, Raimundo Otoni de Castro Maia has a valuable art collection. The property is part of the Raimundo Otoni de Castro Maia Foundation and was transformed into a museum in 1972.
Architectural house complex in Catete (34 houses)
These multi-story houses, built after the Catete Palace, are characteristic to the mid and late 19th century, and were used for residential purposes. The buildings feature doors on the ground floor, windows with isolated balconies or continuous balcony on the multi-story houses.
National Fine Arts Museum
The monumental building was built at the then newly-built Central Avenue, currently Rio Branco Avenue. Idealized by Adolfo Morales de Los Rios it is made up by four wings around a central patio.
Castro Maia Foundation
A simple 2-story building, large veranda on the front side, it was refurbished to resemble the Brazilian colonial style. The two pavilions attached to it were built after 1920, when the great woodland was also reformed. The entry path features statues in Portuguese china.
The building started in 1755 and was concluded in 1811, with Latin cross plan and two sacristies, one on each side. The Italian influence can be perceived on the indoors lining in ivory rather than in wood, as the Portuguese use to do.
Launched in 1923, the traditional building of the Copacabana Palace Hotel faces the Atlântica Avenue, and was built by architect J. Gire. It has 145 rooms, additionally to shops, restaurant, bar and general services on the ground floor, and large halls on the first floor.
The Royal Order of November 27, 1730 authorized the building of a house to serve as residence to Vice-Kings in Rio de Janeiro. The former Paço da Cidade, launched in 1743 and designed by Engineer José Fernandes Pinto Alpoim, occupies an area of 2,940 m2 in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro.
São João Fortress
It was built on the end of the Cara de Cão Hill, at the entry of the Guanabara Bay coast, besides the Sugar Loaf Mountain, in an area that now belongs to the Brazilian Army. The São José Fort is a true century-old lookout facing the bay, made up by three redoubts and a big Fort.
The samba of Rio – partido alto, samba de terreiro and samba enredo – is the music that echoes in the capital of Rio de Janeiro from January to December.
Intangible Heritage Jongo
The jongo (or caxambu) is a circle dance performed by men and women from Afro-descendent communities in Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian states.
Rio Antiques Fair (Feira do Rio Antigo)
The Rio Antiques Fair is a traditional cultural and tourist event held on Rua do Lavradio, which celebrates Brazilian culture and aims at the social and cultural reinvigoration of “Old Rio” through the Associação Polo Novo Rio Antigo (New Antique Rio Association).
Visit to museums
The time when it housed the Federal Government left legacies to the city, like beautiful buildings, several museums and cultural houses, like the Republic Museum, in the Catete Palace, and the National Museum of Brazil, at Quinta da Boa Vista. The NiterÛi Contemporary Art Museum is impressive for its collection and the curves of its design.
On the city streets the carnival blocks make the revelers’ hearts beat stronger. In the most democratic carnival ever, revelers can play freely, following the bands and having cold drinks. Fun is the word of order, with the most creative revelers dressing up in fancy clothes.
Samba Schools on the Sapucaí
At this site designed by Oscar Niemeyer, theshow is driven by the Samba Schools that parade on the avenue to the contagious sound of drums. Colors, brightness and opulence are invitations to have fun. Parading or watching it is to feel the true carnival spirit and be a character of a huge theater play full of magic and party.
Nightlife in Lapa
Cradle to Rio de Janeiro's bohemia, Lapa has been one of the main references of the city’s nightlife since the 1950s. Thanks to its famous cabarets and restaurants, it was very popular among artists and academics. Today you can pick one of the several pubs and nightclubs that ensure fun until the sun rises.
One of the most picturesque districts in Rio, it is situated on a hill and is home to numerous ateliers, bars and restaurants that endow a bohemian atmosphere to its streets.
A bohemian district, off the normal tourist itinerary, with plenty of bars and restaurants frequented by artists, journalists and young Rio residents. Its lively nightlife appeals to foreign visitors, who can see up close how the local population have fun.
Aterro do Flamengo
Officially known as Eduardo Gomes Park, the Aterro do Flamengo is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in Brazil. Created by infill from a variety of ground works, the attractions at the site include gardens with native vegetation designed by Burle Marx.
Pedra Bonita Ramp
This launch ramp is the most traditional location for hang gliding in Brazil. The altitude of 597 meters offers a unique view of the city.
The Píer Mauá contains spaces recognized by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) that form part of the city’s port region and receive both cultural and business events. These are distributed over two 3,500 m² floors, allowing the joint use of internal and external spaces.
Climb to the top of one of the most famous postcards in the world is a must for those visiting Rio de Janeiro. Besides the famous Christ the Redeemer, you have an impressive view that helps understanding even more why Rio is known as “Wonderful City".
Rio Hiking Trails
If you are a bold person and want to visit nearly wild beaches, don’t miss the hiking trails that start at Barra de Guaratiba. Perigoso (Dangerous) was the first one but, opposite its name, it has calm waters, just like the next one, Búzios. There you find Tartaruga rock: a rappel site with an amazing view.
Created by Dom João VI in 1808, it is home to rare species of flora and provides recreation for both children and adults. The highlights are the centuries-old imperial palm trees, an orchid nursery with over 600 species, and the Sensory Garden – for people with visual impairment.
It comprises the area from Santos Dumont Airport to the Viúva Hill and the beginning of the Botafogo beach. The Park is a landfill over a large stretch boarding the Esplanada do Castelo, Lapa, Glória, Russel and Flamengo neighborhoods, built with material from the dismantling of the Santo Antônio hill.
Tijuca National Park
Visit the biggest urban forest of the world and one of the largest Atlantic Forest reserves on the planet. Hike on the trails and, then, relax in one of its several waterfalls. The greater adventurers can climb Rioís postcards like the Bonita Rock, Tijuca Peak or the breathtaking Gávea Rock.
Hang-gliding: Appreciating the city from the sky
The Bonita Rock, 696 m high, located in the Tijuca Park, offers one of the most astonishing views of Rio de Janeiro, besides promoting one of the most radical tours in town. The experience of hang-gliding from the top of the rock is really thrilling, and allows for appreciating the cityís landscape under a unique view.
Moutaineering in the Urca neighborhood
The Urca neighborhood houses a set of rocky formations that please all mountaineering lovers. You should be experienced and equipped with security equipment to try the trails. The Sugarloaf alone offers more than 50 hiking trails, and the Costão the most popular among mountain climbers ñ is a highlight.
Diving in the Cagarras Archipelago
Besides being an incredible diving site, with good visibility and amazing marine biodiversity, including dolphins and turtles, you can watch countless birds sheltered by vegetation (typical Atlantic Forest).
Christ, the Redeemer / Corcovado Cliff
One of the most famous tourism sites in Rio de Janeiro, the Corcovado is a 704-meter high mountain, in front of the Carioca Mountain Range. It was visited for the very first time in the 19th century.
The Wonderful City on two wheels
Enjoy the splendor of Rio peddling along the 302 km of urban bike lanes, many of which are near the Zona Sul (South Neighborhood) waterfront where you find the most beautiful and popular beaches. If you are into action, take advantage of the downhill and mountain bike trails, found mainly in the Gávea Park and the Tijuca Forest.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
This is the most popular location for cycling and rowing. Besides being a symbol of the city, it is an immense recreation area and the largest outdoor gastronomic center in Latin America. It has 3 parks (Cantagalo, Taboas and Patins), 9.5 km of cycle paths and 25 kiosks with bars and restaurants.
One of the most effervescent beaches in Rio de Janeiro, it becomes even livelier during Carnival. Posto 9 is the most popular site and you should get there early for a place on the sand. But it is really worth it. Besides lots of beautiful people walking around, you can watch a wonderful sunset.
The most famous sand in Brazil that perfectly portraits Rio’s charisma and swing. Copacabana swarms with people night and day. There you can swim or just walk on the sidewalk, and have some coconut milk while you anjoy the landscape. Don’t miss the Copacabana Palace Hotel – a classic building in Rio.
A famous rock that invades the ocean and separates Copacabana from the Ipanema and Leblon beaches. Besides a sensational view – one of the best views of Rio with the Dois Irmãos Hill on the background - this is a surfer point. Take a seat on one of the bars along the sidewalk to enjoy the sunset. Clapping for the sunset is a local tradition.
Barra da Tijuca Beach
It is the largest beach in Rio at18 kmlong. Very popular among locals, its waves attract surf lovers, windsurfing and bodyboarding. If you are nearby, try one of its outstanding bars and restaurants.
Rio Centro Convention Center
The Rio Centro covers an area of 571,000 m² and can host events for approximately 20,000 people. It has five pavilions geared towards trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences and conventions. It hosted the Rio 20 conference in 2012 and will be the location for the Media Center during the 2014 World Cup.
Marina da Glória Events Center
The Marina da Glória Events Center and consists of two pavilions. The largest of these is 3,000 m² and can hold 3,500 people including circulation areas, and the second covers 1,100 m² with a capacity of 800 people. It also has an auditorium with a meeting room for 180 people, as well as a kitchen and pantry.
Rio de Janeiro
25/11/2011Sidewalk, Copacabana Beach
Rio de Janeiro