Your Travel Guide to Rio de Janeiro

I have always admired the fascinating , vibrant and vivid Brazilian culture and today am here to guide you on a journey through this energetic and fantastic city called Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro  is the second biggest Brazilian  city and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in the entire South America, with a population of  circa 6.3 million people, making it the 6th biggest city  in the Americas, and occupies and the  26th biggest city in the world. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two eras, during the Portuguese colonial period; the city and it is also known amongst many as the Cidade Maravilhosa that is to say  “Marvelous City.”

It is a major economic center, cultural and financial of the country, and is internationally known for many cultural icons and landscapes such as the Sugar Loaf, the Corcovado Mountain to the Christ the Redeemer statue, the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra Tijuca, the Maracanã Stadium, the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, the forests of Tijuca and Pedra Branca,  Rio carnival, Bossa Nova and samba any many others. So where did samba originated from? The samba is a musical genre, which derives a kind of dance of African roots (Angola) emerged in Brazil and considered a major popular cultural events in Brazil. Another aspect that is so typical of the Brazilin culture is the Carnival.

Carnival in Brasil 17 Feb 2013 

The most famous carnival in Brazil is the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, where the most samba school paredes in an avenue, specially prepared for the event, the Sambadrome Avenida Marques de Sapucaí. This avenue has seats for the public and is often reserved for local television stations, which broadcast the event live throughout Brazil. The Carnival is a big part of the Brazilian Culture, and it is sometimes referred to by the Brazilians as the ” Maior espectáculo do Mundo” or the  Greatest Show on Earth. For most Brazilians, following a school of samba is more important than fidelity to his own football team. During the carnival, samba schools parade as famous as the Hummingbird. Some of the most famous samba-schools include GRES Estação Primeira de Mangueira, GRES Portela, GRES Imperatriz Leopoldinense etc. Local tourists are allowed to participate, paying ($500–950), an equivalent of  £394.463 depending on the costume.

Top 8 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

So what can do you do in Rio de Janeiro?. To help you plan a worthwhile trip to this fascinating city, here are a few tips of places to visit during your stay in Brazil, Rio de janeiro. The first must see place that you can visit is the  “ Bodinho Pão de Açúcar”. Bondinho Pão de Acucar is a cable car located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Paõ de Açucar, one of the tourist attractions of the state capital, opened in 1912 and since then has transported about 37 million people, maintaining a current average 2,500 per day, for an £16 for an adult ticket you can get a ride in this cable car and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

The second tourist attraction that is rightfully famous is the “Cristo Redentor” or Christ the Redeemer a monument located in top of Corcovado Mountain, 709 meters above sea, in Bairro Alto, Rio de Janeiro, symbol of Christianity.

The third place on list is the Municipal Theatre, inaugurated in 1909, this theatre receives important stage artists, orchestras and Ballet companies.

The fourth place to visit is Morro da Urca, which is another one of  Rio´s important tourist attraction, another point that is definitely worth visiting. Another place worth mentioning and that comes  fifth on my list  is the “Praia de Ipanema”, or Ipanema Beach, this is one of the most beautiful and  frequented beaches, located in Ipanema, in the southern city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is 2.6 km long, one of the most popular beaches in town after Copabacana beach, perfect for a long relaxing walk along the coast at the sunset.

The sixth tourist attraction is the “Jardin Botânico” or Botanical Garden, located in the southern city of  Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful and well preserved green areas of  the city and has a diversity ofthe Brazilian and foreign flora. It has about 6500 species of exotic flowers (some endangered) distributed over an area of ​​54 hectares, outdoors and in greenhouses. A ticket to the Botanical garden would cost you approximately R$ 6,00, 1.87 GDP – for an individual ticket and children under 7 years old is free, if you are like me that enjoy the nature and exoctic plants then you will definitely like this magical place. The seventh place is the “Prainha” or Prainha beach, a beautiful half-moon-shaped beach, where you can have fun and unwind by the beach, a hot spot for lovers of surf.  The eighth and final place is the Parque Nacional da Tijuca or National Park of Tijuca. It is a great place for activities such as  Hiking, watching wildlife, walking and many more leisure activities.

Where to eat…..?

If you feel peckish and want a place to eat in  Rio de Janeiro then Talho Capixaba, is just just the place for you. It offers international cosine for breakfast and light meals, and one of the most recommended places to eat in Rio.  Another good spot to eat is the CT Boucherie, it offers a variety of dishes with delicious with plenty choices to choose from, also famous for its delicious  steaks. The market restaurant is another good dining choice it offers a variety of healthy alternatives, Bristro and Brazlian cousine. While you are there try the the Zaza Bistro Tropical, not necessarily cheap but a great restaurant with great food and great ambience.  It offers a mixture of French and Brazlian couzine. Rio Scenarium is another great restaurant not to be missed, it offers life music, a perfect  place to eat and enjoy a “cariocan” night and have a feel of the Brazilian traditional music while dining. If you are planning to enjoy a meal in Rio Scenarium restaurant, it is advisable to get there early as it can get quite busy at dinner time.

 

Nightlife

Rio de janeiro is a city that enjoys a wide variety of live entertainment a few place worth checking out are Casarao Ameno Reseda,a live music venue that plays various Brazilian music genres such as samba, forro, courinho and other genres. It also offers dance lessons before shows, so if you are good with your dance moves then . A few nightclubs to check out are Galeria Café,  Boite Miroir, Mod. Markus Costa, Selvagem Discoteca and  Sublime Relicario da Lapa.

 

I hope this travel guide have been helpfull to you and if you ever visit Rio de Janeiro do not forget to check out these hot spots during your stay.

Adeus e até o meu proximo blog. Bye and ill see you on my next blog.

 

 

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