26 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Most people still think of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital city although that title was lost to Brasilia in 1960. But there’s one title that Rio is in no risk of losing: its nickname, Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvellous City). Rio’s harbour is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches have been immortalised in song.
As well as being a pop culture favourite, Rio is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. People are drawn to Rio de Janeiro for its famous Carnival, chilled out beach life, and the stunning cityscape presided over by Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
The city can be split up into four distinct zones: Centro, Zona Sul, Zona Norte, and Zona Oeste. Wherever you choose to stay in Rio you’re sure to be right in the middle of the action, with plenty of noise and nightlife to go around.
Head to the bustling downtown district for cultural sightseeing in Rio’s many museums, art galleries, and churches. There’s no shortage of hotels in the city centre, either. Wander through the Passeio Publico with its rococo gates and ironwork fountains, and admire the elaborate interior of Candelaria Church. Check out the Carnaval Museum and take a boat out to Ilha Fiscal Palace. Party animals should make their way to the Lapa neighbourhood after dark, as it’s the centre of Rio’s vibrant nightlife. Samba music pours out of the 18th Century buildings as the in-crowd sip caipirinha cocktails.
The South Zone is a major tourist area, and it’s where you’ll find Rio de Janiero’s most famous landmarks. There are a lot of big hotels in the South neighbourhoods, perfect for visitors who plan on spending a lot of time soaking up the beach culture. Take a tram to Corcovado where you’ll get a great view of Rio, and see Christ the Redeemer up close. Pick up some souvenirs at the arts and craft fair at Ipanema, or pick up a designer bargain at Hype Babalonia.
The North Zone is Rio’s football district, and is famous for being the home of Maracana Stadium and Engenhao Stadium. Make time to catch a football match between local teams like Flamengo and Fluminese. Don’t forget to look down in Vila Isabel where twenty musical works can be seen carved into the concrete. The 19th Century Quinta da Boa Vista is home to Rio’s Zoo and National Museum, making it a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The West Zone of Rio is becoming more popular with tourists, and big name hotels have recently moved into the area. There’s lots to see and do, particularly in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood which is home to one of the best beaches in Rio and some of the city’s best nightclubs. The West side is also home to Pedra Branca State Park, where you can spot animals like sloths and toucans.
Rio, you photogenic city, you. It's really no surprise songs have been written about this city (yes, you'll probably hear "Girl from Ipanema" frequently). People will tell you to be careful in Rio, but it often makes you feel so relaxed (depending on the neighborhood) that you sometimes forget the warnings. This is how much people like Rio: I met a wedding party from Germany here, and although this was the wedding destination, neither the bride nor groom...nor anybody else from the party was from Brazil.
Rio is an amazing city. One with an eclectic variety of activities to engage in as well as some of the greatest outdoor views you'll ever see. The main reason I don't give it five stars is the large divide between the rich and the poor. Hard to enjoy Ipanema Beach while you sit in the shadows of the favelas. I hope the city and country find a way to get it together.
In my opinion this is the most beautiful metropole in the world, home of rich Brazilian traditions. If you have never been in Rio make sure you visit this unique spot. It will change the way you see life.
RIO DE JANEIRO Rio de Janeiro Rio is a beautiful very large city of millions. Located on the longest, whitest and widest beaches you can think of. I think you know the names of all the songs about these beaches, such as: Ipanema & Copacabana. Visiting the huge image of Jesus that overlooks the town, with a park full of beautiful big huge butterflies is what I recommend, it’s if you’re in the Jungle. But Rio also has a dark side just think of the many favela’s. So there is a lot of poverty and you should as a tourist look well on your stuff and watch your wallet. In the evening you are best going out with a group led by a guide. A visit to one of the Samba schools, the Plataforma show is a must.