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Statues in Río de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer
The most popular place in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The statue of Christ has a viewpoint where one can stay looking out from for their entire lives. A spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding nature. A very special place that you need to see for yourself.
Beaches in Río de Janeiro
Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach is world famous. During my stay I could not enjoy it because of bad weather, but if the weather is good, it is filled with surfers, tourists, and athletes. Obviously if you go to the River you have to stop by, although don´t expect a Caribbean beach.
Nature Reserves in Río de Janeiro
The Pao de Azucar, compared to the view from the Corcovado, is not as high or as spectacular, but it is more conveniently accessible, has fewer lines, and is cheaper than el Cristo Redentor. I was there on December 31st, which is probably why there were very few people. I was able to get through the various platforms with ease. Connected by a funicular, the first is in the Morro (Hill) de Urca and the second is directly on top of Pao de Azucar. On the way back I decided to walk down from the Urca, and I could see how people practised the almost vertical climb of the Morro. I recommend walking down if you have time because the views of the surrounding beaches are spectacular.
Cities in Buzios
Benagalbón, in the municipality of Rincón de la Victoria, in Axarquia, is a white town, cheerful and where traditions still remain popular. Benagalbón was founded by Galb-un (a beberer tribe) who introduced agriculture, created its source of wealth (the vine) and exploited the raisin and wine. In the fifteenth century Benagalbón was a farmhouse with a tower in its coastal defense, at the end of the Catholic kings the conquest of the Moorish ordered that they could not reside within five leagues of the coast, and those who refused to leave their property, moved to live there. Later, under Charles III, the house Fuente de Bezmiliana was built (1789) and the roads leading to the village were improved, being one of the 14 most important urban of areas of Axarquia at that time. It was displaced by the commercial activity of Rincon de la Victoria and, in 1950, became part of the municipality. On February 2 they celebrate the feast of the "Candelaria" patron of the town, this is a good time to try one of their typical dishes like the kettle of fish or if you prefer the fried goat.
Beaches in Río de Janeiro
Copacabana Beach
This is another great beach in Rio next to Ipanema. It is very long and when there´s warm weather, it´s a great place for tourists to enjoy the sun and water. It´s also great for surfing and other water sports. At night, the environment is a bit different and it feels much ´darker.´ In any case, you can´t miss this beach and it´s wonderful views of Brazil.
Beaches in Río de Janeiro
Praia do Arpoador
I came here on the recommedation of a co-workers, and found it to be a beautiful place to enjoy a spectacular sunset. I've been told that the best days to visit are around the autumn equinox, when the sun sets right between the two peaks of Dois Irmãos.
Lakes in Río de Janeiro
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is a giant lake in the middle of the city that you can walk/jog/rent a bike and travel along. It is very beautiful
Historical Monuments in Río de Janeiro
Escadaria Selaron
One of the hidden gems of Rio de Janeiro is the Selarón ladder located in the decadent neighborhood of Lapa. These beautiful stairs that connect the neighborhood of Lapa with the Convent of Santa Teresa are the work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. It all started in 1990 when the great artist decided to honor the Brazilian people that had welcomed him to their country so well. He laid the tiles using green, blue and yellow, the colors of the Brazilian flag. In 1998 when he was almost finished with the ladder, Selarón discovered a shop selling antique European tiles and began using these and other tiles from around the world to add more individualized details to the 215 steps. Today more than 2000 tiles enliven the ladder. On January 10, 2013, Jorge Selarón was found dead at the foot of the stairs but his work endures forever as one of the jewels in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.
Cities in Arraial do Cabo
Museums in Niterói
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum
A large UFO that is situated on the landscape, it adds a contemporary design to the area and remains in dialogue with the landscape. The building breaks up the horizon and transforms it into a Martian landscape, ready to be discovered.
Beaches in Río de Janeiro
Praia da Barra da Tijuca Beach
A gorgeous environment in Rio de Janeiro.
Stadiums in Río de Janeiro
Maracana Stadium
It is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world and it also has a space in which the great Brazilian soccer stars of all time have left their mark. It is curious to walk around and see the feet of Pele, Ronaldo, Zico and Garrincha.
Neighborhoods in Río de Janeiro
Cathedrals in Río de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Cathedral
The Cathedral of Rio is, above all, surprising. It has a conical and pyramidal shape. The truth is that it is a nice for a tourist to come and see those bright windows in a space that seems so weird to be a church. It was built in the 70s and I recommend going to visit it.
Cities in Cabo Frio
Cabo Frio
Cabo Frio is a more touristy area in ​​Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's in the south, beginning part of the peninsula called Búzios. The characteristics here are fine white sand beaches without any mica, which means you can walk on it without burning your feet. Its turquoise waters make this paradise a reality. Among its most popular beaches are Praia do Faro, and Praia do Forte. To go exploring, the locals advise you to go all around Arraial do Cabo and visit the stunning Blue Grotto.
Airports in Río de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
We spent a long stopover of several hours at this airport, and we really noticed how lonely it was. Having made a stop in Sao Paulo, where the airport was crowded, we found ourselves quite alone here, and we could even take a nap! The airport is located on the Ilha do Governador (Governor's Island), in the north of the city of Rio de Janeiro, about 20 km north of the city center. The Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, known as Galeao, is the main international airport in the city of Rio de Janeiro. named in honor of Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim. It has several businesses of the usual type, but be aware that the cafe downstairs doesn't accept credit cards, so we could only spend the $10 we were carrying on drinks. There's a bus service connecting the airport to the city.
Beaches in Buzios
Joao Fernandes Beach
If you do not like riots, leave behind the great Praia de Joao Fernandes (full of restaurants, hotels and bars on the beach), and walk from there to your right. Soon you will find Joao Fernandinho , which is a divine beach, more family-oriented and much less crowded. You'll see many seafood stalls selling rustic, 'Siris' roasts and fish. Do not miss out on the oysters, they are an unforgettable treat. Armed with food and drink, if you walk further to the right you will find a strip of golden sand that is solitary, only dotted with some large stones. The place is fantastic and clear warm waters are ideal for snorkelling.
Historical Monuments in Río de Janeiro
Aqueduto da Carioca - Arcos da Lapa
The Lapa Arches are in the centre of the city of Rio de Janeiro, close to the cathedral. 270 metres long and 16 metres high, there are a total of 42 arches. They're a real architectural attraction of the city, and above them runs a picturesque tram on the way to Santa Teresa.