Rio de Janeiro is such a vast city and so wonderful that there is a serious reason for it to be among the must see places in the wish list of many travelers. And when the budget for the vacation is in place, the accommodation is booked and the car reservation is made, the holiday makers should make a plan of their daily itinerary. In this way they can organize their sightseeing trip in such a way as to be convenient with the holiday car hire, while they see and reach every landmark that is there to be seen, explored and enjoyed.
So, What to see in Rio de Janeiro?
Corcovado – the holiday makers should definitely climb Corcovado Mountain and see the statue of Christ The Redeemer at the summit. From the top the travelers can see the two zones of Rio – the northern and the southern one, divided by the steep mountains of Serra da Carioca, which are part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca.
Sugar Loaf Mountain – also known as Pao De Acucar, also revealing great panoramic views towards the city. The top (396 m) is reached with two cable cars and is the best place to be at sunset.
The Beaches of Rio de Janeiro – there are plenty of beaches in Rio de Janeiro. The most famous one is Copacabana, which is spreading over 4.5 km along the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The richest beach in the city is called Ipanema. Some of the other popular beaches in the city area include Flamengo, Arpoador, Pepino, and Barra da Tijuca.
Armacao de Buzios Resort – approximately 2 hours north of Rio driving an affordable car hire, on Costa do Sol is to be found Cabo Frio Peninsula and this lovely resort. It features a dozen of sandy coves, secluded beaches, little boats and romantic atmosphere. Easily accessible with the cheap car rentals.
Go to a Football Match – Rio de Janeiro is home to the largest stadium of the Southern Hemisphere. Attending a football match there is delightful. Some of the tour operators in Rio can book VIP seats for the main matches. Maracana Stadium is an iconic place and home to four of the biggest football teams in Rio: Botafogo, Vasco da Gama Fluminense and Flamengo. Very easy access with the advantage rental car options.
Favelas – travelers are also visiting the hillside slums called favelas. In Rio are to be seen 600 of these favelas and they are very picturesque at night.
Botanical Garden of Rio – it is situated at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, right below the right arm of the statue of Christ The Redeemer. It spreads over 140 hectares and features 6000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants, and also 900 different types of palm trees. The Botanical Garden in Rio is among the largest natural sanctuaries in the world.
Lapa – this is a nice neighborhood located just off the center of Rio de Janeiro. It is placed away from the hotspots of Copacabana and Ipanema. The district has vivid cultural life, numerous bars and restaurants, as well as samba bars on the cobbled streets.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon – often called just Lagoa, this is a natural lagoon in the Southern Area. The lake is connected to the ocean by a narrow canal that runs through the park Jardim d’Alá and is surrounded by the districts of Leblon, Ipanema, Jardim Botânico, Copacabana and Botafogo.
Tijuca Forest – this is part of the largest urban rain forest in the world and it is placed in the very heart of Rio de Janeiro. A major tourist hot spot, Tijuca forest can be reached through Sumaré Road, Dona Castorina Road, Almirante Alexandrino St., Vista Chinesa Road, Açude da Solidão Road, Redeemer Road and through the Waterfall.