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Angra Dos Reis

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

With miles of white sand beaches, aquamarine waters and a backdrop of forested mountains, Angra dos Reis, or the Bay of Kings, is as impressive as its name ...  Read more

Bairro Cosme Velho

The Cosme Velho neighborhood is best known as the jumping-off point to ascend Corcovado Mountain to Christ the Redeemer. Most visitors to Rio will set foot in ...  Read more

Bank of Brasil Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil)

Since 1986 Bank of Brasil Cultural Center has been showcasing an impressive collection of artwork that’s made it one of the top 100 most-visited art museums ...  Read more

Barra da Tijuca

Barra da Tijuca, often referred to simply as Barra, is one of Rio’s newest neighborhoods — evident by its mega malls and glass-towered condominiums. As one of ...  Read more

Botafogo Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

There was once a time when Botafogo Bay was the fortuitously placed conduit between downtown Rio and the glamorous southern beaches. Put another way, if ...  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

Cagarras Islands

Five islands: Ilha Cagarra, Ilha de Palmas, Ilha Comprida, Ilha Filhote and Ilha Grande make up this remote archipelago that attracts outdoor enthusiasts, ...  Read more

Casa Franca Brasil

This architectural highlight was built in 1820 and once served as a customs house for the region. Today, Casa Franca Brasil is home to rotating exhibitions ...  Read more

Cervejaria Bohemia

There’s a lot more to Cervejaria Bohemia than simply “the best beer in Brazil.” Sure, the beer that’s made at this Petrópolis brewery is a local ...  Read more

Chacara do Ceu Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 75 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

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 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

Cidade do Samba (Samba City)

Every February and early March, the world’s largest party takes place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sure—Carnaval is celebrated in ports and ...  Read more

Cinelandia

Located in Rio’s central financial district, Cinelandia is the common name for an attractive Parisian-style square officially named Praça Floriano ...  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

Copacabana Fort

4 star rating: Recommended 76 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

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