Things to do for Backpackers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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    Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

    73 reviews

    One of the Rio most famous postcards. If you go there in a sunny day you can see all the bay. The view is just stunning.

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    86 reviews

    fifa fan fest is a great place to drink some vodka, meet some people, pull some girls and take cool pictures, lots of good energy and good vibes.

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    Morro da Urca

    14 reviews

    This is amazing size cliffs with cable car taking you to the top. Great view of the city and the Corcovado. You will be able to see the Copacabana beach to the left and huge yacht marina to the right. Worth going in good weather as in Corcovado. Part of the organized trip.

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    Escadaria de Selarón

    9 reviews

    Work of art from a man, Selaron, recently deceased, who collected tiles from all over the world for these steps.

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    Casa Rosa

    2 reviews

    Great from friday to sunday as a place to meet lots of unpretentious, fun local singles. Great bands, dj and dance floor. On Sundays they have feijoada starting at 5pm, so get there early, as it packs.

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    Casa da Matriz

    3 reviews

    The concept may have worn out a bit, but still a fun place in Rio: an eternal house party, with 2 dance floors and lots of hangout areas with sofas and video games and hip shops etc. Starts late and finishes when the bakeries are on their 3rd batch of warm bread, so you can satisfy at least one appetite.

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    Hippie Fair

    11 reviews

    The Hippie Fair is a good place to buy last minute souvenirs for friends and loved ones. It's opened every Sunday and closes at 5:00 p.m. In addition to selling clothes, crafts, shot glasses, and various artworks, they also sell local regional dishes.

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    Christ the Redeemer

    82 reviews

    Christ the Redeemer fulfills the hype. Set at the top of Corcovado Mountain, the statute is the iconic landmark of Brazil. The view of Rio from the top is absolutely amazing. If possible, try your best to go when the weather is sunny so you can get an awesome view of the city.

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    Ipanema Beach

    105 reviews

    Ipanema Beach is marked by the two mountains ("Two Brothers") stretched out on one side of the beach. The beach is also distinct for its laid back and upscale atmosphere.

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    44 reviews

    Leblon is just next to Ipanema, further down the same stretch of the beach. Leblon neighborhood is located in the southern zone of the city and it is an affluent neighborhood.

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    Carioca Aqueduct

    35 reviews

    This aqueduct is the main landmark for the Lapa area of Rio. This area is an amazing street party location often filled with the music of bands and/or drums. There is a trolly line that goes from Santa Teresa down to Lapa and goes right across the top of the aqueduct. You can get off on the stop right before ...

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    Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

    34 reviews

    In this place I probably did one of the longest walks of my life, surrounding the lake. I was 10. My dad was crazy. I loved it. ;-)

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    Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí

    8 reviews

    The magic place for Carnival; ugly during the day and nothing to look at anyway outside Carnival time.

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    Botafogo Cove

    2 reviews

    Botafogo Cove in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most beautiful sights. Facing the Sugar Loaf Moutain (Pão de Açúcar), it is best seen from the hilltops of Corcovado mountain, on the way to the Cristo Redentor statue.

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    Feira São Cristóvão Cent Luís Gonzaga de Trad Nordestina

    5 reviews

    This is a great thing to do on a day off from the beach. This is a massive market, with all things typical from the Northeast of Brazil. The food stalls are amazing!

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    15 reviews

    Carnaval parade is filled with revelers, floats from numerous samba school which are located in Rio. I have danced samba in the middle of the Carnaval parade with the samba group called Portela in 2002. It was an amazing experience to be in the Carnaval or to watch the parades goes by.

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    Botanical Garden

    23 reviews

    I went to this place when I was a kid and I loved. I remember that my mom wanted to go there just to see the Vitória Régia plants which is quite beautiful and I got amazed by all the trees and the peace of mind that this place bring to you. Nice memories...

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    Vista Chinesa

    8 reviews

    Vista Chinesa is beautiful place 2 go i was there 15 tears ago it was great :)))

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    Pedra da Gávea

    4 reviews

    Pedra da Gávea (literally Rock of the Topsail), is a monolith rising 842 meters above sea level at the highest point, located in Floresta da Tijuca in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. It is the world's largest monolith on a coastline. The rock is composed of gneiss and granite, and due to its position, size and coastal location, as ...

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    Ilha Fiscal

    3 reviews

    Foi aqui que aconteceu o último baile do imperador D. Pedro II antes do país se tornar uma república. E é hoje que acontece a festa de casamento do cantor Belo com a Gracyanne.

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