Things to do for Budget Travelers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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    Ipanema Beach

    106 reviews

    Ipanema beach is the hottest spot in Rio. It's where all the beautiful people hang out, exercise and drink. The "postos", or kiosks, are landmarks on where each type of people hang out so make sure you read about them before you pick on which part of the sand you want to sit on. The street in front of the ...

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    Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

    73 reviews

    Beautiful place Rio from the top , I'm recommended in the beautiful clear day or otherwise you cant see anything from the top.

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    Christ the Redeemer

    82 reviews

    The best panoramic view of Rio is definitely from the Cristo. You can see all the major landmarks and beaches and if you were in doubt of why Rio is called the wonderful city you won't have any questions after coming here. The statue of the Christ is also an amazing work of art itself. Get real close and see ...

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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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    Circo Voador

    7 reviews

    One of Rio`s funnest live music venues, mostly because of its origins in the Cazuza 80s. Fits around 4000 people, so it is large enough to get big names in Brazilian music, while give the audience intimacy with the stage, specially due to the amphitheatre design. Something always on every day. Check their agenda as the big names sell out ...

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    Pedra de Arpoador

    8 reviews

    The Arpoador is a rock formation that divides Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. It's special because from the top of the rock you can watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever see, facing Ipanema beach. People even applaud when it sets.

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    86 reviews

    A famous Brazilian beach, Copacabana is packed during the day with sunworshippers and 'fute volle' players (foot volleyball), who move to it's beachside restaurants as the sun sets.

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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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    Igreja da Candelária

    5 reviews

    In the early years of the 18th century, there was a Spanish ship named the Candelaria that was caught in a very powerful storm. The Spanish sailors on board prayed to the Lord that if they were spared, they would build a new Iglesia (Igreja in Portugese, Church in English) at their final destination, Rio. They survived the storm, and ...

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    Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

    2 reviews

    This museum contains over twenty-thousand pieces of art from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It was at one time home to the Brazilian Academy of Fine Arts.

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    Marina da Glória

    4 reviews
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    Bip Bip

    2 reviews

    One of the few great samba destinations in the Zona Sul (the southern, beachside districts of Rio), Bip Bip hosts legendary samba de mesa, informal samba played around a table. The setting is humble — just a tiny space with no seating, nor drinks apart from a fridge full of beer — but when the musicians strike up those infectious ...

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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

    36 reviews

    Lapa - the place to party, you'll find people here almost in block parties on the weekends. People are rowdy; there are bars, clubs, and beer stands all around here. Take a bus, mini van, or taxi from Rio.

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    Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí

    8 reviews

    If you ever seen the carnaval on TV, this is probably the place where it was happening. Even though the time to visit it is during the carnaval, its architecture, by the great Oscar Niemeyer, makes it a must stop.

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    Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

    35 reviews

    The lagoon is a really nice place to go for outdoor activities or eating and drinking. The pedestrian path around it is always full of people running, riding bikes and skating. All around the lagoon there are places for exercising and sports courts that you can use for free. You'll also find little restaurants and bars conveniently built so you ...

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  • 17

    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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    Praia do Arpoador

    21 reviews

    This is such a great beach, good for surfing and also a walking distance from other very famous beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana.

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    Maracanã Football Stadium

    19 reviews

    All new and ready for the world cup; only for soccer fans!

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    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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