Travel guide - Rio de Janeiro
Like the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro opens its arms to you, welcoming you into a warm and sunny atmosphere where music, dance and passion seem to are shared by all. Along miles of sandy beaches, the Cariocas cultivate a pleasant lifestyle which they take pleasure in sharing.
A city of fervour, Rio de Janeiro is famous for its high rocky peaks, including at over 700 meters high, the Corcovado, upon which stands the figure of Christ the Redeemer, a symbol of the city. From here you can admire the beauty of Guanabara Bay.
An ideal time to visit is during the Rio Carnival, when samba and frantic rhythms take hold of the city. However, Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest cities in the southern hemisphere with 6 million inhabitants, and it holds many other wonders all year round.
Beyond the beaches and azure waters, during your stay in Rio de Janeiro, you will discover a city surrounded by lush vegetation and towering peaks, including Sugarloaf mountain, as pretty as a postcard. To learn more about the amazing diversity of species, visit the Botanical Gardens, where you can see over 8000 species of plants.
After sunbathing on the 5km stretch of Copacabana beach, your exploration of Rio de Janeiro will continue in the historic centre and the Imperial Palace, whose colonial style facade recalls the origins of the city. The splendour of the monastery of St. Benedict and the imposing cathedral of Saint Sebastian illustrate the devotion of an entire people.
The Cariocas other religion is football, and the legendary Maracana stadium, renovated during the World Cup 2014 FIFA, is the temple of this sport.
During your trip to Rio de Janeiro, take the tram to explore the other side of Rio and the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, or take the opportunity to discover the cultural vitality of the city and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio.
From favela to rich neighbourhoods, beaches to monumental avenues, Rio de Janeiro is a wonderful kaleidoscope of Brazil, a land of contrast with an incredible ener.
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