Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, where you spend your days in beaches and night clubbing. Rio De Janeiro combines the natural attractions with a sprawling metropolitan.
Here are the 10 things that you must experience to have an unforgettable trip to the city.
Get Tanned in Copacabana and Ipanema: The two famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, are the prominent beaches of the city and are located close to each other, both beaches have their own distinct charm. Copacabana has more of day activities, while Ipanema is known for its classy nightlife and restaurants.
Climb the Corcovado Mountain: The renowned 125ft high statue of the Christ the Redeemer stands with open arms, gazing serenely over the city, which is also noted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is perched on the top of Corcovado. The statue can be can be seen from any point of the city. The climb to the summit would certainly be rewarding with a view of the entire city.
Ride The Cable Car In Sugarloaf Mountain: Famous for its cable car way, Sugar Loaf Mountain offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Although strongly recommended to visit at the dusk or dawn to see the sun unfolding above the city. To get to the summit, you would have to ride two cable cars, the first one stops at Morro da urca from where the second one would get you to the summit. It takes 3-4 minutes to reach from the starting point. The ride itself would be an enchanting experience as the bubble shaped cable cars would offer you the 360 degrees view of the city.
Experience the Carnival: Rio de Janeiro, hosts the worlds’ largest and the most famous carnival, and is held before the Lent every year. Streets are charmed with revelers, floats and adornments from different Samba schools. Ensure to plan your trip in advance as to score a good deal with hotels.
Backpackways.com recommends you to stay in the othersidehostel, located right next to the Sambadrome. The dorms here are inexpensive and offers a great stay.
Visit the Maracana Stadium: One of the largest stadiums in the world, Maracana can house up to 78,838 supporters at a time. If you are lucky, you would get a chance to witness the former Brazilian football player- Pele’s impersonator Marcio Pereira da Silva, juggling a ball with his knees and shoulders.
Walk up The Escadaria Selarón: Escadaria Selarón also known as “Selaron Steps” are a set of 250 steps adorned in over 2,000 brightly colored ceramic tiles from more than 60 Different countries. Escadaria Selarón is located in Lapa neighborhood, known for its lively cultural life and vibrant bars.
Wander through The Favelas: Drug Mafia, Gun fights and poverty, once ruled this shanty town, located in the periphery of the city. Favelas have now become the touristic part of the city. It’s worth taking a tour to marvel how uniquely the houses are clung to the steep hillsides.
Tour the Jardim Botanico: Jardim Botanico is spread over 130 hectare with over 8000 Species of plants. The garden is calm and sere during the weekdays and blooms with families and music during weekends.
Go Bar Hopping: Rio has a vibrant vary of bars, and Lapa is the most desired area for bar hopping. Once a twitchy neighborhood, it’s now the exuberant part of the city, post sun set. Every bar has its own unique charm, all offering a something little different from the other.
Get Out to Paraty: Paraty or Parati is a Portugal historic town along the coastline of Rio De Janeiro. Paraty is known for its well preserved vintage buildings on its pedestrians- only old cobble stone streets.
Paraty is admired for its scenic beauty, it’s a perfect place to relax and indulge in a restful vacation. During the evening you may see a band performance, a capoiera demonstration or even a Carnival rehearsal near the main square – Paraty is full of delightful surprises!
To get to Paraty, you can ride a bus operated by Costa Verde, which takes about 4 hours from Rio De Janerio.
Backpackways.com recommends you to stay in Casa Blanca Paraty Hostel. It’s located right in the center of the old town and has receives tons of positive reviews for offering an affordable accommodations and incredible service.