Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1

    Ipanema Beach

    106 reviews

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Rio. Lot's of beautiful people clean and warm water. Ipanema is also a great place to go for a walk, from there you get to Leblon and Copacabana for example.

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    Christ the Redeemer

    82 reviews

    The open-armed saviour (known as Cristo Redentor in these parts) is probably Rio's most recognized symbol. From his perch atop 710-meter-high Corcovado, you'll have jaw-dropping views over the city, taking in its skyscrapers, jungle-clad hillsides and picturesque beaches. But the view is only half the fun — getting to the top is also a memorable part of the experience. The ...

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  • 3


    86 reviews

    Copacabana is a neighborhood along the beach and between the lagoon. It's a bit less expensive than the Ipanema neighborhood around the corner. The beach is nice, but the water is a bit yucky from industrial pollution. The locals don't understand why anyone swims here.

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    Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

    73 reviews

    One thing every visitor to Rio should see is Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), or more specifically, the view from atop this 395-meter-high peak. Staring out over the city, with a cocktail in hand (there's a well-sited drink stand on the summit), you'd have a hard time imagining a more stunning urban landscape anywhere in the world. The two-stage aerial ...

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  • 5


    44 reviews

    Beautiful safe beaches and friendly locals. You can rent anything you need at the beach and also do a bit of shopping so bring some cash. Be careful if you need to swim and leave your personal items unattended, but this is one of the safest beaches in Rio....with the best looking people too!

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    Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

    35 reviews

    Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, mostly known as "Lagoa", is a lagoon and district in the Lagoa, Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic, allowing sea water to enter, by a canal which is bordered by the park locally known as Jardim de Alá.[1] The lagoon is surrounded by the districts of Ipanema, ...

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  • 7

    Carioca Aqueduct

    35 reviews

    Rio Scenarium Rua do Lavradio, 20 - Centro (next to Praça Tiradentes)

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  • 8

    Botanical Garden

    23 reviews

    This ecological treasure is a green 'tropical carpet' that covers 137 hectares in the middle of the bustling Rio de Janeiro. Its paths are plenty and ideal for a stroll as it allows visitors to admire the bronze statues, monkeys, canopies and bamboo trees, beds of roses and orchids set alongside.

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  • 9

    Praia do Arpoador

    21 reviews

    A short little stretch of sand between Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Praia do Arpoador is a popular place for surfers. It's cool seeing them in the morning out in the waves with their surfboards.

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    Maracanã Football Stadium

    19 reviews

    A sacred football temple in Brazil — a rich cultural journey! The stadium was built to host the 1950's Fifa World Cup, when its largest audience of approximately 200K fans squeezed in to watch the final match. The best and most celebrated matches to attend are between local rivals including Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense or Botafogo. A sports museum/shop selling photographs, ...

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  • 11


    17 reviews

    I love Ipanema. There are many good options of restaurants, bars, and cafés everywhere you go. Don't miss the sunset by the beach. It's just beautiful!

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    Barra da Tijuca

    17 reviews

    The name Barra da Tijuca roughly translates as “Swamp Sandbank”. It is the youngest neighborhood of Rio, and has an enormous shopping mall consisting of over 700 stores.

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    Copacabana Beach

    16 reviews

    Most beautiful beach in Rio, need to go!!!

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  • 14

    Bondinho de Pao de Acucar

    15 reviews

    The bondinho ("cable car" in Portuguese) is the mode of transportation to get up to Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) in Rio. The cable car was reconstructed in 2008 and takes visitors up and down the mountain every 20 minutes. For a steep incline, the ride is surprisingly short and smooth.

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  • 15


    15 reviews

    Five minutes walk from the flat and you are in the Sambodrome, the Samba Parade. Or, five minutes in the opposite direction and you are in one of the main Streets in Lapa, the bohemian district.

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  • 16

    Parque Lage

    15 reviews

    Beautiful park surrounded by greenery and a stone house from 16th century wonderful that today is home to the School of Visual Arts in Rio. Take an afternoon Cafe at tables surrounding the pool which is in the center of the house and is served by a delicious cafeteria.

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    Santa Teresa

    14 reviews

    Imperdivel o pastel de feijoada!!

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  • 18

    Morro da Urca

    14 reviews

    Nice small peninsula, very safe neighborhood.

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  • 19


    10 reviews

    I just got back from Rio where my friends and I went for Carnaval 2009. I got into Rio on the Thursday before Carnaval began, and what I noticed was that Rio during Carnaval and Rio not during Carnaval are two VERY different cities. I did a plethora of research about the city, Carnaval, things-to-do, things not to do, what ...

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  • 20

    Museu de Arte Contemporanea

    9 reviews

    Interesting museum

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