Rhythms of Rio: 16 Top Things To See & Do In The City during Rio ’16
It is predicated that over 500,000 visitors will make their way to Rio de Janeiro this summer for the 2016 Rio Olympic games that begin with what promises to be a fantastic opening ceremony on 5th August.
Also known as Cidade Maravilhosa the ‘Marvelous City’, Rio holds a wealth of wonders for visitors to explore in between watching world-class athletes from around the world battle it out for medal placements in 42 Olympic sports across 306 events.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this beautiful city to experience what will be just over two weeks of excitement, festivity and international celebration, we’ve compiled our top 16 things to see and do whilst you’re there!
1) Christ The Redeemer – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World you need to cross off your bucket list.
2) Tijuca National Park – at 8,300 acres it’s the largest urban rainforest on the planet!
3) Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) – take the cable car to the top of this 1,299 ft mountain for a breathtaking panoramic view of Guanabara Bay.
4) Lapa - you can’t go to Rio and not experience some live samba in this festive neighbourhood.
5) Jardim Botânico – a sprawling 340 acres of botanical gardens originally created 1808 by Regent Prince D. João to cultivate exotic spices.
6) Ipanema Beach – one of the most stunning beaches in the world with white sands and mountain views.
7) Ilha Fiscal – a beautiful neo-gothic castle nestled on an island in Guanabara Bay.
8) The Municipal Theater – an impressive structure in the city centre, it is considered one of the most important theatres in the country.
9) The dois irmãos hill trail – a beautiful 1.5km route that will give you views of the whole Carioca South area.
10) Mureta da Urca – an enchanting little town renowned for its cold bottled beer and thriving night life.
11) Fortress of St. John – started in 1618 and completed in 1872, this impressive structure is a must see.
12) Earth Science Museum – a treasure trove of minerals, rocks & fossils.
13) The Modern Art Museum – architecturally stunning, the museum houses more than 15 thousand pieces.
14) Rio Sul – the perfect place for a bit of retail therapy with over 400 stores and 2 food courts.
15) Bar do David – a fantastic authentic Brazilian eatery in the Chapéu Mangueira district serving award winning food.
16) Santa Teresa – boasting cobbled streets, street mosaics, artsy galleries and grand mansions, this beautiful eclectic neighbourhood has a charming atmosphere.