What to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro Attractions

From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, there is an astounding amount of things to do in Rio de Janeiro. If you are looking to spend a day on the beach, lazing in the sun, or snorkeling in the shallow water, then Rio offers many top spots. Rio de Janeiro is filled with many must see museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Imperial Museum of Brazil. With so many Rio de Janeiro activities, it could be hard to decide what to do first.

One of the best places to visit on one of the Rio de Janeiro tours is the Tijuca National Park. Located in Rio de Janeiro, this urban forest is the largest in the world, covering 32 square kilometers. Grab a map and follow the other tourist up to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, which is the second largest statute of Jesus in the world. This iconic statue watches over the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. Be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife and colorful birds, while visiting this rainforest.

When deciding on dates to visit Rio de Janeiro, consider planning your trip to coincide with Carnival. This famous festival occurs every year right before lent, when millions of people take to the streets to celebrate in one of the world's most colorful festivals. Local residents and tourists alike enjoy parades filled with festive floats and Samba dancers. There are street parties and balls, making it one of the most amazing attractions in Rio de Janeiro. If you have to opportunity, mark your calendar and make your way to Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival.

When you start planning your trip to Brazil, you will discover there are many Rio de Janeiro excursions to choose among. If you enjoy a good game of soccer, then consider taking in a game at the Estádio do Maracanã. Take a walk on the world famous steps created by a local artist, the Escadaria Selarón. No matter what you decide to do in this bustling city, you will not have a hard time finding something to do.

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Naval and Oceanographic Museum - Take the whole family and go on an interesting adventure through history with each other.

Sambodrome - This is a fantastic place to get your culture hit and learn all about the local arts scene.

Praca da Apoteose - Architecture fan or not, you'll be awed by this landmark's modern design.

Palacio Capanema - You'll feel like you've traveled back in time while ambling around this historic attraction.

Cinelandia - This happening area is a popular rendezvous point for both locals and visitors.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura - Well known among the locals, this place is worth stopping by.

Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church - Get a deeper understanding of the local beliefs at this spiritual place.

Urca Beach - Play catch with the little ones or simply sit back and enjoy the sun at this delightful coastal spot.

Mirante Dona Marta - Kick back and let the natural surroundings here restore your mind.

Passeio Publico - Organize a picnic date and enjoy a relaxing walk around the beautiful plants.


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