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Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)

4 star rating: Recommended 1023 Reviews

Keeping a watchful eye over the people of Rio de Janeiro, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (or Cristo Redentor) sits atop Corcovado 2,300 feet (700 ...  Read more

Corcovado

4 star rating: Recommended 822 Reviews

The view from Corcovado provides a thrilling panorama of Rio de Janeiro and is a great way for visitors to orientate themselves in the sprawling seaside ...  Read more

Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

4 star rating: Recommended 738 Reviews

You’ll see stunning views of Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain (or Pão de Acúcar) which rises at the point where Guanabara Bay meets the Atlantic ...  Read more

Tijuca National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 191 Reviews

A lush Atlantic rainforest, Tijuca National Park is an absolute wonder it is the world’s largest urban forest which covers 12.4mi² (32km²) and was a result ...  Read more

Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 19 Reviews

Idyllic and serene among the bustle of Rio, the Botanical Garden - or Jardim Botanico - is a delightful place to soak up the beauty of both Amazonian and ...  Read more

Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema)

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Charming and chic, Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema) is the richer and ritzier sister of the also infamous Copacabana beach. Ipanema backs onto a fancy ...  Read more

Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Copocabana Beach, or Praia de Copacabana, is the Rio de Janeiro of the tourist brochures and deservedly so. It’s a breath-taking 2.5mi (4.5 km) stretch of ...  Read more

Chacara do Ceu Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Situated in a sleek, chic modernist house in Santa Teresa, Rio’s bohemian quarter, the Chacara do Ceu Museum houses part of the vast art collection of the late ...  Read more

Ruins Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Don’t let the name fool you—Ruins Park, or Parque das Ruinas in Portuguese—isn’t just some abandoned relic of a bygone era. Well, the venue had been the ...  Read more

Pedra Bonita

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Many of the colorful hang gliders soaring over the city of Rio de Janeiro launch from the top of Pedra Bonita, a granite peak located within Tijuca National ...  Read more

Pedra da Gavea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

When Portuguese sailors entered Guanabara Bay in January 1502, they spotted Pedra da Gavea and thought its shape resembled a topsail of a ship, giving the now ...  Read more

Sao Conrado Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Whether you’re here for the surf, the golden sands, or to soar in the skies above, visiting Sao Conrado Beach is a highlight of Rio de Janeiro. Here in this ...  Read more

Marapendi Natural Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Nature-lovers will find an incredible escape amid the nearly 250 hectares of land that make up Marapendi Natural Park. This vast landscape of mangroves and ...  Read more

Selarón Staircase (Escadaria Selarón)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Decorated with over 2,000 brightly colored tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag, the Selarón Staircase (Escadaria Selarón) is one of Rio’s most ...  Read more

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Once the tallest structure in all of Rio de Janeiro, the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, with its striking combination of Baroque, Neoclassical, and ...  Read more

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