No other city in the world with so much charm bears the title of “Marvelous” like Rio de Janeiro. The perfection of nature, which placed the sea and mountains side by side in perfect harmony, join the Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Maracana, and the festive lifestyle of Rio. More than a postcard, Rio is a mood, always cheerful and uplifting. The city is about 30 km of coastline bordered by sidewalks and bike paths taken by people all day walking, cycling, running or just watching the movement.
Cliff Park: from the Pier you can see the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon – Photo: Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beyond the beaches – from Copacabana passing by the neo-hippie fair in Ipanema – you still are close to the Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas, then reaching Flamengo Park going up to the Tijuca Forest, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and plenty of space for sports outdoors. Rio , however, is also about night life and this can be seen by the bohemian side of Lapa. The neighborhood, which has experienced a long period of decline,has returned to being a meeting point for fans of samba – but also opens space for different musical styles to be seen .
Close to Lapa, the old capital of the Empire and the Republic holds a beautiful architectural collection of nineteenth and twentieth centuries that now houses museums and cultural spaces. Located in the center of the city,you can see old buildings on a walk through Cinelandia, where there are buildings like the Municipal Theater and National Museum of Fine Arts, and around the Praça XV, surrounded by the Imperial Palace, the Centro Cultural Banco of Brazil, the France-Brazil House … Once you are in the business district area , take a cable car, across Arcos da Lapa and stop by the Santa Teresa neighborhood with its narrow streets full of houses that serve as studios, bars and shops.
Rio de Janeiro is home to major cultural and sporting events throughout the year – the city gets even busier in summer when the two main parties of the country attract people from around the world. On New Year’s Eve, tons of fireworks color the skies of Copacabana to greet the New Year, while the merry Carnival takes over the streets, the Sambadrome is the scene of crowded parades of samba schools.