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Sao Bento Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

From the outside, the Sao Bento Monastery and the Church of Nossa Senhora de Montserrat appear to be unassuming and even a bit austere, a nod to 16th century ...  Read more

Santa Teresa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

This unlikely cobblestoned neighborhood close to the center of Rio de Janeiro has long been a tourist favorite among visitors to this Brazilian city. Santa ...  Read more

Maracana Stadium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

The gigantic Maracanã Stadium was built to open the 1950 World Cup and holds the record for the largest attendance at a World Cup Final thanks to the ...  Read more

Santa Marta Favela

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The first of the city’s “pacified” (police-controlled) favelas, Santa Marta is one of the few that is safe and accessible to tourists, with tours aimed at ...  Read more

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Situated at the heart of Zona Sul and all but completely separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the upscale district of Ipanema, Rodrigo de Freitas Lake has been ...  Read more

Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 737 Reviews

Squeezed on a curved slice of land at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain and its shorter, wider companion at the other end of the cable car, tiny Urca remains one ...  Read more

Sambadrome

4 star rating: Recommended 707 Reviews

At Carnival time the Sambadrome is the heartbeat of Rio de Janiero. A 3,000ft (700m) stretch of road designed as a 90,000 capacity parade area with stadium ...  Read more

Teatro Municipal

4 star rating: Recommended 682 Reviews

Having reopened in 2010 after an exhaustive $35 million renovation, the stunning Teatro Municipal in downtown Rio de Janeiro looks as well-crafted and ...  Read more

National Library

4 star rating: Recommended 679 Reviews

Holding over 9 million volumes within its stacks and archives, Brazil’s extensive National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the largest library in Latin ...  Read more

Morro da Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 676 Reviews

Sitting in the shadow of big brother and Rio de Janeiro icon, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Morro da Urca is just as important if only because the cable car trip up ...  Read more

National Fine Arts Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 676 Reviews

Set in an impressive neoclassical building in downtown Rio de Janeiro that harkens back to an era when the city was a national—and imperial—capital, the ...  Read more

Plataforma

4 star rating: Recommended 261 Reviews

It might not be Carnaval time in Rio but it is always Carnaval time at Plataforma. This lively Brazilian restaurant is where to get your fix of razzle and ...  Read more

Rio Niteroi Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Connecting the distant shores of Guanabara Bay—the wide expanse of water bordering Rio to the east that the first Portuguese explorers in Brazil assumed to be ...  Read more

Copacabana Fort

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Situated on the south end of Copacabana Beach lies a piece of Brazilian military history, the Copacabana Fort. Built just before the First World War, the fort ...  Read more

Petropolis

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Petropolis was the mountain getaway for the imperial court, popular in summer when the coast became hot and muggy. Nestled 3,000ft (800m) high in the  Serra ...  Read more

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