Rio de Janeiro is a city that is integrated with a unique natural landscape, surrounded by hills and paradisiacal beaches on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the capital of joy, the carnival, the beaches and the bossa nova. A top tourist destination in South America.
It is, along with Ipanema beach, one of the most famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the world.
It is a beach with a good atmosphere, where you can see: people enjoying the sun, soccer teams training at sunset, sellers of coconuts and ice cream at all times, beach volleyball games,…
This beach is also easily recognized by the characteristic mosaic of the promenade, which represents the waves of the sea. In addition, a few years ago enabled a great cycle path, so you can cycle this beach and reach even Ipanema, Leblon and the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas.
You can also see several beach bar along the whole promenade, where you can have a few beers or a delicious iced coconut.
It is another of the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Recognized worldwide by the famous song “Garota de Ipanema”.
From here you have no view of the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), but you can see the Mount of the Two Brothers (Dois Irmãos). It does not have as much history as Copacabana but it is considered a zone of higher level by its houses, hotels, shops and restaurants. It is the favorite of many locals.
This beach is located very close to the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas, in which several sail tests of the 2016 Olympic Games were held in Rio de Janeiro.
It is also close to the Leblon neighborhood, where you can find the best shops and restaurants in Rio de Janeiro.
Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar)
One of the icons of the city. You can not talk about the city of Rio de Janeiro without mentioning it.
And what is? this is a hill of 396 meters located on the coast, whose name is due to the way in which sugar was produced in the past (long cones with rounded tip).
To climb to the top, where there are spectacular views of the southern area of Rio de Janeiro, you have to climb into a cable car. And, due to the height, it rises in 2 sections, arriving the first one to the Morro de Urca mountain (located next to the own Sugarloaf Mountain).
In this first stop there are: several viewpoints with good views of the bay…
…of the buildings of the city between hills and nature…
…of an old cable car (similar to the one that appeared in the James Bond movie “Moonraker”…
…and a heliport!
If you want to see Rio de Janeiro in a different way, you can take a helicopter tour that runs through the southern zone to the base of the “Christ the Redeemer”. Of course, the trip is not cheap. It leaves between 170 and 330 euros, depending on the route.
Once you finish looking at the views from this viewpoint, continue the journey up to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
at the summit you will have the best views of the coast, where you can see the beaches of Copacabana and Vermelha (red)…
…as well as the bay of Rio de Janeiro, with the “Christ the Redeemer” in the background (inside the Tijuca natural reserve).
Christ the Redeemer
Another iconic image of Rio de Janeiro is the “Christ the Redeemer” located at the top of Corcovado Mountain.
It is located inside the natural park of Tijuca and, to see it from the base, you will have to go by van or train from the station “Ferro do Corcovado” (513 Cosme Velho Street) to the highest part of the hill, where find the Christ.
Its open arms represent the cordiality and the welcoming, not only of the city, but of all Brazil.
Being in Rio de Janeiro and not visiting Maracana stadium, one of the most famous soccer temples in the world, was something we could not do.
As soon as you arrive, at the entrance to the stadium museum, you can already see the footsteps that literally left the best players of the canarinha. From Garrincha, Pele, Socrates … to Romario, Bebeto and Ronaldo. A luxury for any footballer who enjoyed the games of this selection.
You can also contemplate a composition with the best players that has given this country and were key in the history of Brazilian football.
Once inside the museum you can see an exhibition with the different awards won by the Brazilian national team…
…as well as a collection of historical photos that took place in this stadium.
And, finally, we went out to the mythical stands where great football matches have been seen. Where thousands of people, up to 200,0000, have supported and celebrated victories … and have felt very painful defeats as the maracanazo against Uruguay (July 16, 1950).
As you can see the stadium was under construction, since our trip was before the football world cup and had to meet its requirements. In the same way, it maintained the mythical spirit that made it famous all over the world.
This is Rio de Janeiro. A city of beaches, memorable views, lovers of football and beach volleyball, bike rides… In short, a city that you must have in your list of trips to do once in a lifetime.
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