Things to Do When in Rio de Janeiro
Commonly referred to as Rio is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The city is the second largest city of Brazil as well as the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America. The city was founded in 1565, by the Portuguese and was initially the seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro of the Portuguese Empire. In fact, Rio de Janeiro is amongst the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is recognized for its vibrant carnival celebrations, natural settings, samba, Bossa Nova, Maracanã Stadium (one of the world’s largest football stadiums), balneario beaches like, Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Besides the captivating beaches, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) located on Corcovado Mountain, which has recently been included in the Seven Wonders of the World is a main attraction of the city. If you are planning a visit to this effervescent city and wondering where to go & what to do, then read on.
The city of Rio de Janiero cites a large number of noteworthy places to explore while sightseeing. The Avocado Mountain, atop which the popular ‘Christ the Redeemer statue’ is located, ‘Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas’ is a beautiful lake and a nice place to relax. This city provides many leisure and recreational activities for its travelers. In addition, you can find a number of entertainments and shopping spots here. Barra da Tijuca is a favorite beach spot for people who lover surfing and swimming. Moreover, this beach area is also dotted with stylish bars, restaurants and discotheques.
Explore the History
The Copacabana, a famous beach area of the city that hosts the annual New Year’s Celebration is a place, which you must visit. History lovers can visit the ‘Casa do Pontal’, which is a popular museum that displays a wide collection of Brazilian folk art. In this museum, there are over 5000 sculptures that are made by over 200 artists from different regions. You can also pay a visit to the famous ‘Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da II Guerra Mundial’, which is a memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives in the World War II.
Enjoy Holidaying in Parks and Squares
The city of Rio de Janiero is dotted with a large number of squares and parks. Established in the 19th century, the Rio de Janiero Botanical Garden is a magnificent park for travelers and nature lovers. The Zoological Garden of Rio de Janeiro is also worth a visit. In addition, Parque Lage sprawls and sprinkled with woodlands, aquaria, gardens and children’s playground. In addition, you can visit the Tijuca Forest, which is world’s first, largest urban rainforest and is a major tourist attraction.
Indulge in the Entertainment
There is a lot to let you indulge into entertainment options in Rio de Janeiro. One of the major is the Brazilian Carnival is an annual celebration, which is held 40 days prior to Easter. Other popular carnivals of this city include, Suvaco do Cristo, Carmelitas, Banda de Ipanema, Cordão do Bola Preta and Simpatia é Quase Amor. Moreover, the New Year is a main event in Rio is commemorated with huge pomp and show. The firework display is a major attraction here. However, Rio is popular for its sassy nightlife with a large number of pubs, bars, discotheques etc.