Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most popular and frequented tourist destinations for decades. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest metropolis in the whole of South America.
During your time in Rio, you have to see the fabulous attractions:
• The incredible surfing waves off Prainha. These waves are impressive.Prainha is a small beach, situated to the west of Rio de Janeiro, sandwiched between mountains and is regarded as one of the best surfing spots in Rio.
Prainha beach portrays white sands and astounding scenery. The rocks and lofty cliffs in this region cause huge waves that rise up to 3 meters suitable only to experienced surfers.
Most crowded on weekends, Prainha is virtually desolate on weekdays. To reach Prainha, public transport is not available, so you will have to rent a car. However, the best option to reach the beach is by the ‘surf bus’ which is specially designed to take about 30 passengers along with their surfboards.
• Tijuca’s lush, dense rainforests, which boast a number of hiking trails for those wanting to experience the fauna and flora first hand.
The national park includes the Corcodova which offers stunning views from its summit where the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer is situated. It also offers fantastic picnic areas, many waterfalls and some great walks.
Wildlife in the park includes insects, ocelots and howler monkeys. The reintroduction of birdlife has been particularly successful and it is a birdwatchers heaven.
The experience you can have at the Rio beaches is inexplicable. There is something for everybody, young, old and the adventurous people. Famous all over the world for its white sands, sparkling clear waters and lots of sunshine, Rio beaches have everything you can think of
• One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema Beach is demarcated by posts, which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. The word ipanema is an indigenous word for ‘bad, dangerous waters’, which is not far off given the strong undertow and often oversized waves that crash onto the shore. Be careful, and swim only where locals do.
• Take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views.
The panoramic views at the top are breathtaking, particularly at sunset. The mountain’s park also includes a history exhibit, an interactive Cable Car Plaza that displays the original cable cars used on the tram.
• The Maracanã stadium, which seats 100 000 spectators and has been the venue of many a heart-stopping match between international football greats.
The Maracanã Stadium is a pride of Rio de Janeiro.It is the largest stadium in Brazil and the second largest in South America.
When Brazil won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup in 1950, it decided that a new stadium for the tournaments was in order.
During the Carnival period, the fun is endless. Happening at the peak of summer, when the Cariocas are at their finest; streets blooming with contagious spontaneity, radiant sunshine and indigenous Samba rhythms, there is no time like Carnival.
The Samba Parade
Forget work, the only commuting you will be doing during the official Carnival period will be to Samba parades, Carnival balls and street parties and blocks (blocos). Uniting the soul of the Brazilian people are the sway of the rhythmic beats of the newly emerged black base.
The Street Festivals
As the parades are occurring in the Sambrodrome, the passion is continuing elsewhere, with many carnival participants uniting at other locations. Anyone and everyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals and your Carnival experience wouldn’t be complete without jumping in.