Rio de Janeiro is a seaport city located on the southeast coast of Brazil on the west shore of Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The town is famous for its natural settings, carnival festivals, incredible landscapes, samba, bossa nova, and excellent beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, There's a unique entrance from the ocean to the harbor in Rio de Janeiro, making it look like the mouth of the river. As well as Sugarloaf Mountain, at 395 meters (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak, at 704 meters (2,310 feet), and Tijuca Hills, at 1,021 meters (3,350 feet), are all located within the harbor area. The harbor is a natural wonder of the world because of these factors.
One can easily fall in love with the cities' dramatic mountains, beaches, and backdrop of samba and bossa nova. Escape into a peaceful holiday destination on your next cruise to South America. The city is home to friendly people and incredible landscapes. Still, apart from that, there are several other attractions and things to do in Rio de Janeiro. So to help you, here are the top five things to do on your visit to the port city.
Ilha Fiscal is a green neo-gothic castle built-in 1889 (19th century) and was used as a customs inspection building for many years. It sits on its own miniature island in the city. It is a stylish reminder of when Rio was the capital of the Brazilian Empire. Today, this architectural gem is open for the public to explore and admire the turrets and towers. Inside the palace, Rio's tropical sun illuminates the hardwood floors and stained-glass windows, while the interior showcases mosaic patterns. You can spend hours wandering through the Brazilian Naval History Museum. There are buses and boats available for access to the island.
Ipanema Beach has been famous among the locals and visitors since the '60s. This beautiful two-mile stretch of sand features cobalt water and mountain views. The beach lies four kilometers away from the famous beach Copacabana. The beaches of Ipanema and Leblon are separated by the Jardim de Ala Canal, and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Along with the seafront of Ipanema, several restaurants, sidewalk cafés, and large hotels are available. Moreover, a Sunday antique market is held in Praça de Quental in Leblon. The Feira de Artesanato de Ipanema features local crafts, music, art, and food.
From the Corcovado summit, a giant statue of Christ overlooks the city, almost as widely recognized as Sugarloaf as a symbol of Rio. Almost entirely financed by contributions from Brazilian Catholics, the landmark was built between 1922 and 1931. A French Sculptor, Albert Caquot, built it and the statue's arms stretch out a massive 92 feet wide and are 30 meters tall. You can see the figure from all points in Rio, but the cable ride up the mountain is worth visiting. It symbolizes a tribute to Catholicism, while others consider it a salvo against secularism. The material used for making the statue was concrete and soapstone.
The rock peak of Sugarloaf is one of the best-known landmarks of Rio. It towers 394 meters above the harbor. A long, low strip of land links the city to the point of land on which it sits. The point extends out into the bay and surrounds its harbor. From Praça General Tibúrcio, you can take a cable car up to the top of Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cableway carries you to the Sugarloaf peak. Visitors can see the entire mountainous coast, the bay, and its islands from the top. Near the original core of Rio, between the Morro Cara de Cão and the Sugarloaf, is the 100-meter Praia da Urca beach. Visitors can visit the star-shaped Fort São João on Cara de Cão, one of three forts on the island dating back to the 16th century.
Carnaval Festival takes place during the winter season. It is one of the world's most famous pre-Lenten celebrations and is well-known as those in New Orleans and Venice. It begins shortly after the New Year, but the major events take place four days before Ash Wednesday. Street parades, shows, and samba parties draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Though other Brazilian cities celebrate this festival, Rio's is the most lavish. In addition to the parades, other spectacular events are held in an Oscar Niemeyer-designed building. Up to 90,000 spectators can see the dance parades of beautifully costumed dancers at the Sambódromo, with a long parade route lined with stadium-style boxes. The parade route length is 700 meters, and the width is 13 meters. In 2016, the venue was renovated during the Olympic Games, following its first use in 1984.
Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro is between December to March. During those months the weather is warm and sunny for exploring the city's beaches and other attractions. Also, the summer season brings the two significant events for the town: New Year's Eve and the world-renowned Carnaval, during which the spirit of samba overtakes the city.