Travel to the Marvelous Rio de Janeiro

January 9, 2012 | Travel

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Majestic mountains, lush rainforests facing the pristine blue sea, white sand and crystalline beaches – these are just some of the best photographic views and urban frontlines in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro commonly called Rio, was formerly known as the Cidade Maravilhosa which means the “Marvelous City”. Rio is the capital of Brazil and the country’s second largest city. It is the third largest metropolitan in South America, with a huge population of about 6.3 million people living in the entire city alone.

Brazilian ballroom dance called samba is highly popularized by the residents of Rio, particularly the carioca dance. Samba dance has made a very strong influence not only to people’s lives in Rio but also in African culture.

With all the lovely and lively people of Rio, stunning cityscapes, and a mesmerizing view of nature’s wonders, this city is certainly worth looking into.  Here are some of the interesting places to see in Rio:

1. Christ the Redeemer (O Cristo Redentor) in Corcovado. A huge statue of Jesus measuring 30 meters high found in the heart of Corcovado Mountain. It is more than 70 years old and stands as the main symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. You can reach the Christ the Redeemer statue by walking up through 220 steps or through the elevator if you are not sure of hiking that far. The panoramic view from the mountain is unquestionably one of the most beautiful views in this planet.

2. Tijuca National Park. Bordered with the Carioca Mountain Range and Corcovado Mountain, this park is one the best places to visit where one can get an overlooking view of Rio from afar. The entire place is around 46 miles of tropical rainforest where people can enjoy cool, refreshing waterfalls and creeks, walk trails towards the summit to see a bird’s eye-view of the stunning city of Rio. For nature lovers, this is the most perfect place to be.

3. Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain). This is one of the most popular landmarks in Rio. Since the Sugar Loaf Mountain cable cars were launched in 1912 as a safe means of transportation, it soon became the most-visited tourist destination. Its surrounding shrubbery and glorious views add more pleasure in the cable ride experience.

4. Copacabana. If you love beaches, Copacabana, one of the stunning beaches of Rio, is among the famous beaches in the world. Copacabana beach is just behind the mountain of Rio where a number of restaurants and bars are perfectly arranged at the front of the beach. This makes the place perfect for all day eating, drinking, relaxing and watching people jam-packed in the beach.

5. Ipanema. Ipanema is one of the long stretches of wonderful beaches in the city of Rio – ideal for surfing, snorkeling and other beach or water activities. If you walk around in the fashionable streets, you will find trendy boutiques and a wide range of restaurants and cafes at your convenience.

6. Palacio do Catete. Your travel won’t be complete without seeing Rio’s finest tourist spot. The palace was the home of more than 18 presidents of Brazil and German baron, and housed the cultural museum art gallery. If you want to know the background of politics or politicians of Brazil, as well as the country’s heritage and history, you’ll find them just within the palace.

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