Rio de Janeiro also known as Cidade Maravilhosa is the heartthrob of Brazil, and indeed the continent of South America. It is the place to be for anyone looking for entertainment, wildlife, sports, sun, good food, and quality time under one package. There is really never a dull moment in Rio. There are plenty of attractions for any type of tourist, and settling on one of them can often be a challenge. Whereas, Rio is welcoming all year round, you might want to visit the city this December when the holiday season ushers in an array of events, and celebrations. Here are some of the things to do in Rio de Janeiro:
Christ the redeemer is arguably one of the most recognized statues in the world alongside the statue of liberty in New York, and the spring temple in Buddha. The statute symbolizes peace and acts a shrine to the catholic faithful.
Rio de Janeiro hosts some impressive beaches that have for a long time made it a preferred destination for many a visitor to Brazil. You might particularly want to try out Copacabana. This beach has all the elements that define an ideal beach. If you find big crowds around Copacabana, try one of the following equally impressive beaches: Prainha, Ipanema, leblon, and Itacoatiara.
Tijuca forest located at the Outskirts of Rio is the world largest urban forest in the world. The forest is home to thousands of plants, and animal species. It is the perfect place for people in love in nature. Some of the activities that can be done here include Hiking, walking, hand gliding, and viewing both plant and animal life.
When it comes to soccer, Brazil ranks as among the best nations on Earth. It is the home country of the likes of Pele, Zagallo, Ronaldo, Kaka, and Socrates among other great names. It is no secret that each successful team in Europe has a Brazilian. To learn why this county is king when it comes to soccer, make a point of visiting the Maracana stadium one of the most Iconic stadiums in the world laced with historical firsts, and stories that will greatly illuminate your soccer knowledge.
If you on a limited time, you might find it appropriate to hang glide over the city of Rio on one of its impressive gliders located at the Pedra Bonita Mountain, twenty minutes from Copacabana beach. Instructors are ready to take you around, and no previous experience is required to enjoy this marvelous trip.
Rio is the official carnival city of the world. Its night life is as brilliant and filled with vigor as its inhabitants. Be sure to carry your dancing shoes as there will be a lot of samba beats to dance along with. If you don’t take alcohol, don’t worry, there music will make you high-that’s given.
If you are on a tight budget, and limited time, one of the recommended things to do in Rio is simply strolling down Rio downtown. You will surely admire its impressive architecture that borrows heavily from the Portuguese, Spanish, and local culture. In addition, expect to meet warm and friendly people willing to help you with directions round the city.