Anytime someone mentions Rio, my mind wanders off to Carnival. Famous for its stunning beaches and annual carnival, there’s more than enough reason to find yourself wanting to visit.
For everyone that comes to Rio, Christ the Redeemer statue located on the summit of Mount Corcovado is a must visit. A train is the best way to get around and make sure you sit on the right side of the train as it makes its way up the mountain for the best views. To avoid being stranded, pre book your tickets online before arriving as tickets can sell out for popular times.
Thanks to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the Maracanã stadium has become well known to people all over the world. Built in 1950, the stadium has 78,000 seats and is a popular venue for lots of sporting events. For the best experience, visit the stadium during a game, when the place comes alive with the energy of the fans.
You may want to visit Rio when it’s time for Carnival. Samba-season is a big deal and the Samba City tour gives you a chance to explore the venue where the floats for Carnival are prepared, as well as where the dancers practice their Samba routines. You also get to play the instruments and see the costume displays.
If you love art, Santa Teresa’s neighborhood is a site to behold. The colorful streets are full of charm and are famed for being particularly artsy. The Escadaria Selaron is also quite impressive. It is an ongoing staircase art project that uses ceramics, tiles, and mirror pieces from around the world. Looking for an Instagram worthy location to relax in the afternoon? Jardim Botânico, is the perfect location. With over 8,000 species of plants. It really is one of the best places to laze.