About Jessica B
Lives in Liverpool, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2013
18-24 year old female
I was born and raised in Liverpool and have spent my life living between Liverpool and Manchester. I also spent a large chunk of 2014 working in Rio de Janeiro (amazing!). I especially love travelling to places with natural beauty and last year I fulfilled my dream of seeing penguins in the wild in the south of Argentina. My next adventure? Who knows!?
Parks, Observation decks & towers
Bodies of water
Landmarks & points of interest, Lookouts, Mountains
Parks, Historic sites
Landmarks & points of interest
Arenas & stadiums, Speciality museums
Landmarks & points of interest
Landmarks & points of interest, Natural history museums
Monuments & statues
Dois Irmaos (the two brothers) is a peak that provides breathtaking views over the city: a great place to start your trip to Rio and to get your bearings of the picturesque but vast metropolis.
Located just below the Dois Irmaos Peak, this is the perfect place to relax after a hike or hard-day’s sight-seeing. It is a continuation of the more famous Ipanema beach and therefore less frequented by tourists. The water is also clearer here.
Off the beaten tourist track, this picturesque lake is surrounded by a 3-mile boardwalk and cycle lane, and is popular with the locals. If you are not a beach person, this is the perfect place to enjoy the water.
A stone’s throw away from the Rodrigo de Freitas lake, and situated in the middle of the urban jungle, the Botanical Gardens provide an oasis of calm. The largest of its kind in the world, this garden is home to over 8,000 species of plants and 140 species of birds.
This peak offers spectacular bird’s eye views over the city and is one of the country’s most famous natural landmarks. A great place to head for sunset to watch the city light up.
This beautifully landscaped park is one of the most relaxing places in Rio, and home to several species of monkeys. A great place to get up-close-and-personal with the city’s wildlife.
The artsy and bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa is full of narrow winding streets, beautiful mansion houses and boutique shops. Off the main tourist trail, you will be able to get a feel for the community spirit here that makes Rio special.
Not to be missed. These 250 steps are paved with colorful, individually-designed tiles.
Less famous than Copacabana, Leme is actually just a continuation of the same stretch of beach. In general it is quieter than Copacabana and has its own fort looking down on it. A perfect place to relax.
Had enough of beaches and amazing views of the city? Then head down to Pedra do Sal, a site of real religious and historic importance in Rio: this is where the old slave market used to be held, and it is considered by some to be the birthplace of samba dance. While there's not much to 'see,' in particular, during the day, a 'roda de samba' (dance circle) is held here every Monday. Come then to experience the atmosphere and observe locals come together to play, sing, and dance samba.
A must for any fan of the 'beautiful game,' this impressive stadium hosted the 2014 World Cup Final.
Rio is much more than football and beaches; it is also home to large favelas (slum neighborhoods). Located near to the Maracana stadium, Complexo Alemao is one of Rio’s largest. In 2011 they built a cable-car to help members of the community travel in and out, and for anyone interested in getting a well-rounded view of the city, this experience is a must.
Known locally as the CCBB, this beautifully restored 1906 building is home to ever-changing art and history exhibitions, two theaters and a cinema. There is always something going on here!
Just down the road from the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, you’ll find this gorgeous Baroque era church. Famous just as much for its role in contemporary Brazilian history as it is for its religious importance, this church is much more than a beautiful building.
This 40-meter-tall statue of Jesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The perfect way to end your trip to Rio, the viewing platform gives breathtaking panoramic views over the city and many a great photo opp!