Rio de Janeiro, with 13 million inhabitants the second largest city of Brazil and at the same time the most famous destination in the country. It is located southeast of the country in the same state on the Atlantic. Rio de Janeiro has 159 neighborhoods (barrios). The best known are the Barra da Tijuca, Catete, Cidade de Deus, Copacabana, Estácio, Flamengo, Gávea, Humaitá, Ipanema, Lapa, Leblon, Santa Teresa and Urca.
The attractions in Rio de Janeiro take no end. Situated between a fantastic table mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Rio offers a wide range of attractions.
Among the most famous of which include the Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar) and the Cristo Redentor (Corcovado), the landmark of the city. On the 710-meter Corcovado Cristo stands on the highest pedestal of the world and spread his arms out over the city. (Take a long waiting periods!) With the Corcovado train or by taxi (basically only for “special”, but an ideal alternative to the train) to reach the summit, from where the breathtaking view over the city, the Guanabara Bay, the sea and the beaches of Botafogo, Copacabana and Ipanema has. Market demand is growing but the expensive helicopter tours.
From the district of Urca Vermelha you can take the cable car to Sugarloaf. Upstairs there is worthwhile not only breathtaking views but also a walk through the small park is particularly impressive with a clear view of the sunset, after you see awaken in the city for nightlife.
In the center offers the Largo da Carioca as a starting point for many excursions. Only a few hundred meters from here is the Confeitaria Colombo, Rio’s most famous and probably the most beautiful café. Just minutes away from here there are Saara, a giant bazaar, which runs through many streets and buildings, and the Campo de Santana, in the middle where you can enjoy a little peace in the metropolis among magnificent giant trees.
Also near the square is Cinelândia , another place, are located around the around the theater, the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Library. If you walk from here towards the end of the course you are already very close to the museum of modern art.
From the Largo da Carioca square you can see already the cubic shaped building of Petrobras, at whose feet the stop of Bondinho, the antique tram is. A ride with this gem (shut-down by 2013 because of an accident), you should not miss, because for a few cents, it carries out the beautiful old villa district of Santa Teresa, which is now inhabited by artists and people like to alternate. Back at the Largo da Carioca Square, a Metro brings fast after Maracana , the legendary football stadium (rebuilt by 2013 because of World Cup). Close by is the Zoo, home to many tropical animals.
And of course, no visit is complete without the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema . The beaches are divided by the numbering of the life-saver items, and various groups arrange themselves in different “Postos”. Thus, for example, Posto 8 is a must for all gay travelers to Rio, and who join the young people want alternative, which is the “Posto 9 1/2″ in good hands. In the far south of the town there are beaches idillische as Prahina or Guaratabi. Both can only be reached by car or taxi.
A day trip by ferry on a small island of Ilha Paquet in the middle of the bay offer themselves to relax.
Jardim Botanico same name in the borough provides a first insight into the diverse nature of Brazil. In addition, we recommend a visit to the botanical garden that showcases many flowers and trees, but also a piece of Atlantic rain forest, where you can spot monkeys, butterflies and small lizards.