Planning a trip to Brazil? Here are a few reasons you should visit Rio de Janeiro!

The vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro is not just the second largest city in Brazil, but it is also the most beautiful city in Brazil and arguably among the most beautiful cities on the planet. 

With its mind-blowing landscape and awe-inspiring attractions, there is no doubt whatsoever that it earned the title “cidade maravilhosa,” which translates to ‘marvelous city’ in English.

In addition to housing a myriad of attractions, beaches, and hotels, the marvelous city is also littered with a lot of fun-filled events and activities that keep it bubbling all year round. Rio de Janeiro has got to be one of the most zestful cities on the planet.

With so much to do in so little time, it can get pretty confusing deciding on places to visit during your stay. Well, here is a list of the top 6 places you should visit before leaving Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana Beach – It’s undeniably one of the famous beaches on the planet. In fact, no one visits Rio de Janeiro without spending a day on this sandy beach. This iconic spot brims with life irrespective of your time of visit. Loads of vendors and restaurants are always there to make your stay a memorable one. You just can’t miss this!

Sugarloaf Mountain – The artistic mountain gets its name from its shape. Rising literally above the city is the Sugarloaf Mountain shaped like a baked sugar bunch. The spot is liked by many locals and visitors alike because it gives you a unique view of the Marvelous City. The exhilarating ride up here is just as thrilling as watching the sunset on top of the mountain. This is one spot you can’t miss!

Ipanema Beach – Ever heard a song titled the ‘Girl from Ipanema?’ Yes, it was recorded in a cafe just a pebble’s throw from the beach. Trust me, the song doesn’t do justice to the beauty of this place. Highlighted with a long pathway filled with white beach sand and turquoise water, the beach has gained the love of visitors as the second most beautiful beach in Rio de Janeiro. Here, you can enjoy your day basking under the sun or get involved with lots of fun-filled activities like swimming, volleyball, and lots more.

Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) – Standing gloriously with arms widely stretched over the city, this age-old concrete and soapstone statue is a must-see for many visitors. Dating back to 1922, the statue is one of the largest in this genre around the world. Unlike a few decades ago where you have to climb up the monument to appreciate its beauty, today, there are a number of elevators and escalators made available for your comfort! Your visit is incomplete if you haven’t made a stop at the Crist Redentor.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out these five-star hotels!

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel Although it dates back to 1923, this iconic hotel is the most luxurious hotel in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at large. Located opposite the infamous Copacabana Beach, Belmond Copacabana Palace has been providing excellent services to visitors since time immemorial. The five-star hotel is furnished with three restaurants to cater to the food lust of just about any visitor. It is also equipped with a spa, boutique,  pool, fitness centre, bar, and private lounge. Where would you rather be?

 

Hotel Santa Teresa This former coffee shop now caters to the needs of tourists and visitors. Located in a serene and less sandy part of Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Santa Teresa is a real beauty to experience! It perfectly incorporates Brazilian culture with modern day sophistication – from a spa to a pool and every other thing in between, you can always count on this elegant hotel to come in handy. It is also equipped with a plush restaurant, Tereze, which serves mouth-watering local cuisines with a Latin America twist. You should totally check it out!

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