The marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro can be visited at any time of the year, but even the longest vacation will not be enough for the traveler to see all the must see places of interest. Cosmopolitan and lively, Rio de Janeiro is not short on landmarks and that is for sure. So, visitors should make a car reservation for one of the cheap car rentals offered by the car rental companies and make a good plan so that they can see at least the main places worth visiting in the city.
Places to Visit in Rio de Janeiro
The places to be visited in Rio de Janeiro are numerous, so we will concentrate here on five of the most important ones. Here we go!
Corcovado – positioned on the west part of the center and the towers of the city, this is an impressive mountain 710 m high. It is among the main icons of the city, known worldwide for the marvelous statue of Jesus Christ The Redeemer, situated on its top, with his arms stretched out as if embracing the city of Rio. A visit to that famous landmark in Rio is an absolute must and choosing a clear day is advised for excellent experience. The views revealed from the top to the bay and the city are unrivalled, since the statue is among the tallest monuments in the word. In year 2007, the statue was voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Sugar Loaf Mountain – called Pao de Acucar in Portuguese, this mountain is placed at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. It is 396 sq.m. high and is placed between Urca’s Mountain and Babylon Mountain. The top of the monolithic granite structure is reached with the cable car known as Bondinho, which connects it to the two other mountain hills. The Sugar Loaf Mountain is very famous among the rock climbers and features more than 270 climbing routes. The view from the top is among the most beautiful one in the world, especially at sunset.
Historical Center of Rio de Janeiro – in the downtown zone of Rio are positioned the city’s most important historical treasures. Here is also situated the financial heart of the city with many had offices of the largest companies in Brazil, including the offices of two of the largest corporations in Brazil. The places of interest include the cultural center Paco Imperial, the Candlaria Church, the Colonial Cathedral, and the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. In the area are also to be found many art galleries and exhibitions, various cultural centers, as well as plenty of restaurants, cafes such as the National Library and the Municipal Theatre, the Museum National de Belas Artes, the Floriano Square, the National Museum, etc.
The Beaches of Rio de Janeiro – the city has been chosen for one of the top five beach cities in the world by National Geographic. Travelers love to come here for sightseeing, but also for surfing and swimming, for playing beach football and swimming, or just for sitting under the sun, enjoying life with a cocktail in hand. Some of the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro are:
- Copacabana with its wide and long stretch of sand, ideal for swimming and sunbathing, with a nice promenade.
- Ipanema – the second most famous beach in Rio, very relaxed and pleasant, with clan water, many surfers and sometimes rough waves. Posto 9 on Ipanema Bach is a meeting place for local celebrities and Brazilian football players.
Santa Teresa Neighborhood – an area with picturesque architecture, colonial mansions, cobbled streets, bohemian atmosphere, and artistic population.