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RIO - the city of wonders and easy to get around. The moment get out from the airport, there is a touristic information centre even at night and get your map before you board the cab etc. I found RIO a friendly place even walking around solo to the beautiful attractions and if you're there during December month remember to visit the tallest X'mas tree. Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a granite monolith with cable cars to its summit - the must visit places.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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10 Places

Sugarloaf Mountain

Tramways, Mountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

Monuments & Statues

Ipanema Beach

Beaches

Sao Bento Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites

Copacabana Beach

Beaches

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

Churches & Cathedrals

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Bodies of Water

Santa Teresa Tram

Tramways

Tijuca National Park

Forests, National Parks

Rio Free Walking Tour

Walking Tours

joanadventure's City Tips

  • Use the underground to access to city - convenience
  • Bus is per ride so can take to the furthest @ the same rate!
  • Have small notes around for tips!
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
    Tramways, Mountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    joanadventure Says:

    This is the best place to view RIO both day and night. You can see the Copacabana beach as well as the Corcovado - Christ Redentor with clear cloud and the beach with ships and boats. Basically almost 360 degree view. It's cold there @ night when it rain but after the rain, the night view is fantastic and I took the cable car down at 8.30pm. Didn't manage to capture the sunset but the view up there is great.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Student card can get discount
    • Bring Jacket - cold at night
    • Can see both the day and night view
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rained off 16/11/2018
    • nice view from the top 14/11/2018
    • Sugarloaf Mountain
    Address:
    Av. Pasteur, 520
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-255
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2546 8433
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    Other:
  • Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
    Monuments & Statues
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    joanadventure Says:

    The tallest Christ d Redeemer on the highest peak of RIO to view the most stunning view but get covered by cloud too. Last tram down at 7pm so can't take sunset. Pray for good weather for good photo. There is a chapel beneath the status if you want the quite moment for prayer.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring Jacket can be cold up there
    • Option to go up with Tram or bus
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Imposing statue 16/11/2018
    • Private Tour:Rio de Janeiro City Essentials including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. 16/11/2018
    • Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
    Address:
    Parque Nacional da Tijuca
    Cosme Velho
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330
    Brazil
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Ipanema Beach
    Beaches
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    joanadventure Says:

    Beach lovers. This is the place to see sunset. Enjoy the walk on the sandy beach while waiting for the sunset is great. At the edge of the hill can see both Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach. Climb up the hill and wait for sunset.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Remember Sun block
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful but crowded 13/11/2018
    • Best beach in the south zone 13/11/2018
    • Ipanema Beach
    Address:
    Avenida Vieira Souto - Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-002
    Brazil
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Sao Bento Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    joanadventure Says:

    The monastery is a few hundred years old with pure gold still intact inside. I was lucky to capture the inside view just before they switch off the lights. It was a long walk up but worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Say a little prayer
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BEAUTIFUL INSIDE. 02/11/2018
    • Unbelievable 25/10/2018
    • Sao Bento Monastery
    Address:
    Rua Dom Gerardo 40
    Centro
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(21) 2206-8100
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Copacabana Beach
    Beaches
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    joanadventure Says:

    This is the tourists beach with hotels just opposite the beach. I was lucky to capture the rainbow since raining facing the Sugarloaf. Beautiful beach not to be missed. Enjoy your swim and beach activities. There are sand castles etc too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tips require for taking photo of the sandcastles
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for people watching 14/11/2018
    • Clean tidy long & wide beach. 14/11/2018
    • Copacabana Beach
    Address:
    Av. Atlantica - Copacabana
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-011
    Brazil
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    joanadventure Says:

    This is unique Cathedral with space ship like design. When you go inside give you the 360 view with stainless glass up to the top.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Myan pyramid style of this cathedral alone will get your attention 13/11/2018
    • Great architecture 12/11/2018
    • The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
    Address:
    Avenida Republica do Chile 245
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(21)2240-2669
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Rodrigo de Freitas Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    joanadventure Says:

    This is place to visit in the month of December and view the tallest X'mas tree in the world. If right timing can see the fire-works too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place 11/11/2018
    • Take a walk or a cycle ride around this place 07/11/2018
    • Rodrigo de Freitas Lake
    Address:
    Avenida Epitacio Pessoa
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22471-001
    Brazil
    Phone:
    1746
    Other:
  • Santa Teresa Tram
    Tramways
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    joanadventure Says:

    Sadly, no more tram - the station is there but kind of abandon. Nice hilly place but not maintain. What a waste?

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The tram now goes up to Largo do Franco 26/10/2018
    • Part of the character of Santa Teresa 05/10/2018
    • Santa Teresa Tram
    Address:
    Rua Lelio Gama 2
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-080
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 2332-6615
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Tijuca National Park
    Forests, National Parks
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    joanadventure Says:

    I good place to get out of city. The jungle is cooling and the waterfall is beautiful. Hike up to the top and if lucky not covered by cloud can see the view of the city below. It took us 6 hrs to walk to top and back down. Really tired.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Remember to pack lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 711 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic and peaceful drive 13/11/2018
    • Great Place to Witness Nature in Rio 09/11/2018
    • Tijuca National Park
    Address:
    Estrada da Cascatinha 850
    Alto da Boa Vista
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 (21) 96864-6470
    Other:
  • Rio Free Walking Tour
    Walking Tours
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    joanadventure Says:

    Join the RIO Free walking tour and experience the city with the rest.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Excellent for solo traveller
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 596 Tours in Rio de Janeiro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent! 06/11/2018
    • Superb walking tour of Rio 26/10/2018
    • Rio Free Walking Tour
    Address:
    Praca Marechal Floriano
    Cinelandia
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 21 98600-2593
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Other:
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