Even if you’ve never been to Rio de Janeiro, you’re probably familiar with the its entrancing stretches of white sand beaches and iconic 98-foot art deco Christ the Redeemer statue watching over the city. As the second largest city in Brazil, it’s not a surprise that Rio de Janeiro is an ultra-popular South American vacation destination. Here, the manmade wonders complement the dramatic natural setting and create an exotic playland for those seeking beauty in both the land and the culture.
Rio Carnival | Every year before Lent, more than two million people take part in the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro – a massive festival known across the world dating back nearly 200 years. Parade-goers gather in the Sambodromo and the Copacabana Palace to watch floats, samba dancers and other entertainers take to the streets.
Beaches | If you’re seeking an authentic Rio experience, don’t skip the beaches. While Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are the most popular coastlines in the city, some travelers suggest you can find fewer crowds on Leblon Beach. No matter which section of coastline you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the enchanting karst formations in the background as you sunbathe.
Sugarloaf Mountain | At the mouth of the Guanabara Bay rises Sugarloaf Mountain – another internationally famous Rio landmark. This nearly 1,400-foot granite and quartz peak is connected by cable car to the shorter Morro da Urca. Tourists can ride in a 65-passenger glass gondola up to the peak of Sugarloaf, or try their carabineers out on a climbing route.
Churrascaria | Brazil is known for its churrascarias, — a rotisserie-style restaurant where delicious cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and other meats are slow-cooked and served to you until you’re stuffed. While you’re in Rio de Janeiro, find a Porcao Rio restaurant for a carnivorous dining encounter.
Parque Lage | This lovely Jardim Botânico neighborhood park sits at the foot of the Corovado – where Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue perches over the city. Parque Lage became a public park after it was converted from the private estate of industrialist Enrique Lage in the 1960s.
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