Rio de Janeiro is one of the most exciting cities of Brazil. Plenty of its landmarks with beaches, beautiful mountains and Carnival festival account for popularity of this place among tourists. Legendary Ipanema is the best the city can offer. Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are known all over the world. If you remember famous Bossa Nova song “Girl from Ipanema”, you can feel the spirit of the place. A pleasant relaxing fusion of samba and jazz ideally reflects it.
You can enjoy beach rest in Rio and stay in luxury Belmond Copacabana Palace for it. This is a famous hotel in Rio de Janeiro, founded in 1923. Many well-known people stayed there such as Princess Diana, Madonna, Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe, Elton John and many others.
The symbol of the city is the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is recognized one of the seventh wonders of the world, is a peak of Corcovado mountain within the Tijuca Forest National Park. The 33-meter statue was built in 1931. Tijuca Forest National Park is the biggest urban forest in the world – it covers 32 square kilometers. Annually it attracts 1,5 million visitors. There are caves, waterfalls and viewing platforms in the Tijuca Forest.
Look at Rio from the top of Pedra Bonita Mountain, which is 700 meters high. Those who are adrenaline junky, can try gliding, paragliding and hang gliding. There are schools of extreme sports in the city.
Apart from the Christ the Redeemer statue, there are other interesting landmarks of Rio: cathedrals, colonial fortresses, Maracanã Stadium, Jardim Botanico, lush botanical garden, museums in downtown and etc.
The most vibrant events are celebrated in Rio de Janeiro. The city buzzes with nightlife. Streets parades, costumed carnivals and parties with fireworks can be seen in the streets. There are many diverse bars and abundance of night clubs and restaurants in the city. The most exquisite experience can be received in exclusive hillside restaurant, Térèze, that is located in the hotel Santa Teresa. It has many tropical dishes on the menu. Wonderful view towards Guanabara Bay opens on the terrace of the restaurant.
One can get luxurious dining experience in Olympe, a restaurant with French cuisine that has been successful for over three decades already.
Pérgula in Copacabana Hotel is one of the best poolside restaurants of the city. The interior is full of light that creates airy atmosphere in the restaurant.
You should visit Zuka in Leblon for its signature charcoal grill, namorado in a foie gras sauce and Thai fish wrapped in a banana leaf.
The tourists do not understand the scale of Japanese influence upon Brazil until they come to the country. The restaurants Sushi Leblon with Japanese cuisine proves this fact.
If you want to try avant-garde cuisine, you should go to Oro. It features nice design of bricks and wood. The chef of Oro loves to experiment with acai – Amazonian berry that is served with foie gras or tempura fish and other ingredients.
The gastronomical tour will not be full without mention of Portuguese dining venues such as Confeitaria Colombo, located in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. The bakery was founded in 1894 by Portuguese immigrants. Its waffles are a local legend. Try pastries stuffed with shrimp and chicken in Confeitaria Colombo. Come to this place to see opulent side of city life. The same refers to Irajá Gastrô, Humaitá, where you can try Brazilian classics with a modern twist.
Apart from Belmond Copacabana Palace and Hotel Santa Teresa, luxury hotels mentioned already, the person can stay at:
City’s nightlife is very interesting, and the guests of Rio de Janeiro have almost limitless number of options. Rio never sleeps and knows how to party! You can also find it out in such clubs as Fosfobox, Bar do Copa, Leviano, Zero Zero, and Rio Scenarium with its samba shows. There are many excellent bars where you can try different varieties of caipirinha. Take the best of your trip to Rio de Janeiro!