Let's start with our favorite area of Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema of course. This relatively small neighborhood between the lake and the sea was the inspiration of many songs. The Girl from Ipanema, describing the routine of a local girl on her way to the beach made it a world-famous destination. But there's lots more to do and see, even if you are not into sun and sand. Ipanema's Diamond Row with a selection of jewelers and luxury shops is perfect if you want to keep pale.
Copacabana, Rio's Princess of the Sea, is the largest South Side neighborhood with a beach. And what a beach it is! With it's horseshoe shape stretching from Forte de Copacabana to Pedra do Leme, it accommodates as many as 2.5 million people on New Year's Eve. Its landmark hotel Copacabana Palace helped put Rio de Janeiro on the dream map - , this is where Fred met Ginger for the first time while Flying Down to Rio
If you are coming to Rio you cannot leave without visiting the main sights and tourist attractions. Soccer aficcionados will run first thing to the Maracana Stadium. Other mortals will probably first start with either the Sugarloaf, with its famous cable car, or the Corcovado, topped by the statue of Christ, the Redeemer. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Discover the Lapa Arches and its streetcar, the Botanical Gardens that date back to colonial Rio, historical churches, world-class museums...
There's much more to do and see!
Did you know that Lagoa is a lake right in the heart of the South Side? Have you ever heard of Gávea, right between Leblon and Jardim Botanico? What about São Cristovão, home to the most colorful market in Rio de Janeiro?And that São Conrado is where the hanggliders land? If you are already familiar with the basics let's proceed to less obvious attractions.
Historical churches and convents abound in Rio, and range in style from Brazilian Baroque and Rococo to contemporary glass and concrete structures. And when it comes to museums, there are so many that you have to priorize, or you would stay your whole trip indoors. Museu Histórico Nacional is a good place to start. It has an impressive collection of colonial and imperial relics - including a mold originally used to bake a sugarloaf - the Portuguese bread that lent its name to Rio's famous postcard.
Leblon is Ipanema's beach sister, and full of surprises of its own. It concentrates some of the city's best restaurants, charming cafes and chic malls, neighborhood bars that become a meeting spot after important soccer matches...
Yes, Rio is dotted with beaches. From scenic Flamengo and Botafogo Beaches around Guanabara Bay to preserved parks like Prainha and Grumari on the West Side there are choices for everyone. If you are into sand, sun and surf, Rio is the right destination for you. Learn about our beach etiquette to blend in, bring along your sunglasses and sunscreen, and get ready for a true joy ride with us. We are sure you will discover much more than you expected.
Flamengo, Glória and Botafogo are historical neighborhoods teeming with attractions from museums to green parks that stretch for miles. Join us on this virtual tour and learn all about it.