The Rio de Janeiro has an wide range of interesting places to be visited at all costs on your first trip to Brazil. We selected 10 of the best places that we believe that should be tagged as a must have on a trip to this fantastic Brazilian capital.
10 – Walk around Lapa and get some drinks
Lapa is considered by many the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s nightlife. It is basically a large street party that takes place on Friday and Saturday. People can drink cheap beers, hang out a little bit and get some fun time. As this place attracts llots of any kind of people, should be better to take care of your bellongings and alert about the surroundings around you, besides this, take your time to get some drinks and enjoy this fantastic place in Rio de Janeiro.
9 – Take your time for some fun and visit a night club
If you are used to get around some night clubs while you are on the road, then Rio is well served with all kind of parties. Complementing the neighborhood of Lapa, you will find lots of clubs in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro – the best spots to explore should be in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, the lower south zone of Rio. Also you will find very good places in the Upper South Zone – Botafogo, Laranjeiras, Flamengo. We can recommend very good places like Conversa Fiada, Nossa Senhora in Copacabana, Books and Baronetti in Ipanema and Melt in Leblon. If want to plan an amazing night than you can start hanging around the Lapa and connecting a little bit latter with this night clubs from South Zone.
8 – Visit the Belvedere Peace (in Cantagalo)
Mirante da Paz (or in english the Belvedere Peace) in the Morro do Cantagalo is located in South Zone of Rio de Janeiro in Ipanema’s neighborhood. Built next to the subway station General Osorio, the tower of 64 meters has a privileged view of the Morro Dois Irmãos (Hill Two Brothers) and the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. Will surely be one of the busiest places while in the summer.
7 – To Visit The Forte de Copacabana
The Forte de Copacabana is located on the edge of Copacabana beach and at the end of that same neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently computes a flow of about ten thousand visitors per month, thus becoming one of the most beautiful postcards of the city. Tourists can choose between a visit restricted (only to external areas) and complete (including the interior of the fort and the military history museum).
6 – Catch Santa Tereza train
The Company Ferro-Carril de Santa Teresa, whose vehicles are popularly referred to as Santa Teresa tram, is a company of urban passenger transport, which operates in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their vehicles are the symbol of Santa Teresa. This is a neighborhood in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, known for historical buildings and the trams that circulate in the streets. Many intellectuals, scholars and artists are living right now in Santa Teresa, attracted by the historical, cultural and quality of life that gives the neighborhood.
5 – To visit Paquetá and Niterói
The island of Paqueta located within northeastern Guanabara Bay, in the neighborhood of Paqueta. The island is distant about fifteen miles from the Praça XV, in the historic city center of Rio de Janeiro. It is located in this traditional and peaceful tourist haven of Rio. Today visitors have, besides the beaches and rocks, tours with carriage rides and cycling and visits to the manor who hosted D. João, the house of Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva, and the Culture House, installed in a building of eclectic style, newly renovated.
4 – Take a beer at Urca’s Bar
Urca Bar is known for its quality food and snacks, and a quality of their care with the customers. Sympathy and dedication of the team of waiters is one of his trademarks. They all follow the principle of their dedicated owners and, where possible, get a time for conversation. An relaxed place with a wonderful view of the margins of Guanabara Bay and a great overlooking of the Christ the Redeemer.
3 – Get some fresh air at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Located in the heart of the South Zone of Rio, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is one of the postcards of the city. During the day, the good is to use the paddle, the skate park, rent a tricycle or risk a race around. Over the evening, the attractions are geared to the kiosks, many with live music, ice cold beer and amazing people to know.
2 – Hiking at Floresta da Tijuca
The Tijuca Forest, Section B of the NTP, is the second most visited area of the park. It has an extensive network of trails for or not for all tastes and physical constraints. It is the sector with more tracks, but some areas are not visited for security reasons. Areas that should only be traveled with specialized guides or with permission of the park are trails that run toward the Forest Grajaú and Jacarepaguá.
1 – Take a tour to the Morro 2 Irmãos and see the amazing view
In the of the Morro 2 Irmãos (Peak Two Brothers) have the best and most sensational visual of Rio de Janeiro. You must cross to reach the peaceful Vidigal favela by a motorbyke taxi, Minibus (goat) or Van to the highest part of the slum. From this place you will have an amazing view of the entire South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, including the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas, Christ the Redeemer, the Gávea, Pedra Bonita, Niterói on the horizon and a stunning aerial view of Rocinha, one of the largest favelas (slums) in South America