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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Excursion to Urca

    Beautiful hiking trails
    Urca is a district in the south of Rio and a hill of the same name on Sugarloaf Mountain. Providing a quiet break away from all the commotion, Urca offers a hiking trail alongside the hill and the coast, which is a great place for enjoying a quick jog as the sun sets. There is also a recommended hiking trail through the forest to the cable car middle station in Urca, which provides direct access to the Sugarloaf. Our tip: Buy your ticket at the bottom station because there are no tickets on sale at Urca station.
  • Corcovado - Cristo Redentor

    The city's landmark
    The statue of Christ on the summit of the Corcovado is probably the most famous of the city's landmarks. The statue is 38 metres tall and weighs in at 1145 tons. Taxis and the funicular railway provide a convenient way of getting to the top of the mountain to admire this wonder of the world. Alternatively, a hiking trail through the rainforest reaches the summit in two and a half hours. Those arriving at the top platform are rewarded with a view of the statue and a spectacular panorama of the Sugarloaf Mountain, the city and the surrounding beaches.
    Parque Nacional da Tijuca,
    Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
    tremdocorcovado.rio
  • Praia do Recreio

    Escape from the city
    A haven for surfers, Recreio beach in the west of the city is home to two cool surfing spots. Because the beach is somewhat outside the city, it's much quieter than those right next to the city centre. A cycle path follows the promenade, punctuated with many kiosks – the making of a relaxing sunny day with refreshments along the way. Those seeking respite from sunbathing can check out the Casa do Pontal Museum and admire an exhibition of indigenous art.
  • Praia do Leblon

    Cool and chilled
    Locals like to bring their day to a good close on the beach in Leblon district, seriously outnumbering the tourists. It's much quieter here, making the beach a firm favourite among families. This section of the beach is around 1 kilometre long and butts straight onto Ipanema beach. The high street near the beach is closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, making it a wonderful place for skating, cycling or strolling. When in Brazil, do as the cariocas do!
  • Arcos da Lapa

    An extraordinary viaduct
    The district of Lapa is home to a huge viaduct, comprising 42 arches on two levels. It was originally built to supply water, although it now serves as a tramway, linking districts of the city. The imposing edifice is surrounded by numerous music and samba venues, which make this central part of the city a favourite place in the evening. Dancing under the viaduct is the name of the game here. The district of Lapa is also home to the impressive steps, Escadaria do Selaron. These are decorated with 2000 tiles in a kaleidoscope of bright colours.
    Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
    State of Rio de Janeiro
  • Tijuca Forest

    An oasis in the city
    The world's largest city forest, the Tijuca National Park, is nestled in the middle of Rio de Janeiro's urban jungle. Spread over 3300 hectares, this urban rainforest contains numerous hiking trails, bubbling fountains and cascading fountains, as well as small streams and rivers. The nature park can be visited at leisure, with a tour guide, or with a rental car.
  • Barra da Tijuca

    American flair
    The city's Barra da Tijuca quarter in the west, often referred to simply as Barra, is characterised by its American-style shopping centres. Rio's 'Miami', as it is affectionately known, is also home to an 18-kilometre-long beach, which is the longest stretch of sand in Rio. Tourists are fewer here, making it quieter and more relaxed. The trendy portion of the beach, Praia do Pepê, attracts the young, hip cariocas, as the locals are known. There are numerous bars and sophisticated fish restaurants at the eastern end of the beach – perfect for an apéro! What's more, Barra has a vibrant night-life and boasts the hippest clubs in the city. Barra da Tijuca can be reached easily by taxi or bus from the city centre.
  • Barra de Guaratiba

    A quaint fishing village
    The city's Barra de Guaratiba quarter is located within a nature conservation zone, between a sandbank and part of the rainforest. The surrounding area is home to paradisiac, almost unspoiled beaches that can be reached along sunny coastal paths through the rainforest with splendid views over the Atlantic. Barra de Guaratiba resembles a quaint little fishing village and is blessed with a great choice of bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood.
  • Pão de Açúcar – Sugarloaf Mountain

    Not to be missed
    The characteristic mountain, shaped like a sugarloaf, lies at the entrance to Guanbara bay. Towering 395 metres, this is one of the most important sights of Rio de Janeiro. Two cable cars get passengers to the top effortlessly within 3 minutes. On a clear day, the view over Rio de Janeiro, the Copacabana and Ipanema is fantastic. Helicopter tours can also be booked from middle station – well worth the ride!
    Av. Pasteur, 520
    Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22290-240
    bondinho.com.br
  • Jardim Botânico

    A diverse collection of plants
    Nature lovers can enjoy more than 5000 different types of tropical plants and trees in the Botanical Garden, which is home to an amazing range of orchids, carnivorous plants, royal palm trees, sequoias and cacti. Spread over 140 hectares, the garden also includes a Botanical Museum and Library with a collection of over 76,000 specialist books. There are also many different kinds of animals living here, such as monkeys and squirrels, for example.
    R. Jardim Botânico, 1008
    Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – RJ 22460-030
    +55 21 3874 1808
    jbrj.gov.br
  • Feira de São Cristóvão

    Shopping and celebrating
    This is the place to pick up perfect souvenirs. Besides the usual shops selling arts and crafts, clothes, food and much more, there are a large number of outlets serving traditional local dishes. Not forgetting caipirinhas, of course, as well as music and live shows. This covered central market is a delightful, convivial place where the locals do their shopping.
    Campo de São Cristóvão
    s/n - São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20291-440
    +55 21 2580 6946
    feiradesaocristovao.org.br
  • draco

    Everything for the beach
    It's no myth that both Brazilian men and women take enormous pride in their looks. This men's store specialises in stylish beachwear, including – of course – classy swimming trunks. It also stocks jeans, shirts and t-shirts – in fact, everything men need to look the part, both day and night.
    Rua Francisco Otaviano 55
    Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22080-040
    +55 2227 7393
  • Shopping Leblon

    Everything under one roof
    Brazil's textile industry is massive. The fruits of local designers end up in the Leblon shopping centre on the southern side of the city. The Leblon has everything – clothes, shoes, accessories and places serving food and drinks, as well as a cinema and theatre. What’s more, the beach at Leblon is perfect for relaxing after a stint of shopping.
    Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290
    Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-060
    +55 21 3138 8000
    shoppingleblon.com.br
  • Teatro Municipal

    Stunning architecture
    The impressive Municipal Theatre is located at Praça Floriano in Rio's central Cinelândia district. It was inaugurated on 14th July 1909, and, ever since, has been hosting opera performances, ballets and concerts. Those who are only interested in the architecture can visit the building without a show. Guided tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Praça Floriano, S/N
    Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-050
    +55 21 2332 9191
    theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br

LOCAL TIP

The best 'churrasco' meat I have ever eaten was in the Braseiro da Gávea. There's no one else but locals on the terrace, and plenty to see. Don't forget to sprinkle 'farofa' over the meat – it's all part of the churrasco experience in Brazil. Farofa is cassava flour that has been fried in butter, which can be flavoured with onions, garlic and olives, for example.

Christine
Braseiro da Gávea
Praça Santos Dumont, 116
Gávea, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22470-060
+55 21 2259 1794
braseirodagavea.com.br