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Beaches

Some of the best known beaches in the world are located in Rio de Janeiro that meet and attract many tourists mainly during the summer.

Barra da Tijuca

Barra is well known for its beaches, its many lakes and rivers, and its lifestyle. 3% of the total area of Rio de Janeiro, Barra is responsible for 30% of all tax collected in the city. Barra da Tijuca is classified as one of the most developed places in Brazil, differently from the South Zone and Rio’s Downtown, Barra da Tijuca, built only 30 years ago, follows the Modernist standards, with large boulevards creating the major transit axis. A mix of modernity, sustainability and nature create the newest side of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca is a cultural, economic, and administrative hub of the city, and is believed to be the safest of Rio’s upper-class neighbourhoods because of its lack of favelas and plentiful private and public security.

Vermelha

Some 243m long, its golden sands are framed by the Sugarloaf and Morro da Urca hill.

Leme

Just a kilometer long, Leme beach runs from the Morro do Leme hill to Avenida Princesa Isabel, where Copacabana beach begins.

Copacabana

One of the worlds most famous beaches, its smooth curve is paralleled by Avenida Atlântica. Its 3.4 kilometers begin at Avenida Princesa Isabel and end at the Copacabana Fort. This is the broadest beach in Rio, Copacabana is a hub for beach volleyball and football.

Diabo

Located to the left of the Pedra do Arpoador rock and facing the open sea, this tiny beach is framed with coconut palms. A small square leads to the beach with benches where visitors can enjoy the view while sipping a well-chilled coconut. It is named after the devil because waves beat violently on its sands when the sea is rough.

Arpoador

800 meters of sandy beach at the very start of Ipanema, faced by the leafy Parque Garota de Ipanema park.

Ipanema

Famous thanks to the song entitled Girl from Ipanema, Ipanema beach is 2 kilometers long and is separated from Leblon by the Canal de Jardim de Alah canal that links the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon to the sea.

Leblon

Some 1.3 kilometers long, Leblon beach runs from Ipanema through to the Mirante do Leblon look-out which offers breath-taking views along both beaches.

São Conrado

Officially known as the Praia da Gávea, but better known as Pepino, this is where hang-gliders and parachutes land, brightening the skies every week-end.

Reserva

This wild beach lies between the Barra da Tijuca and Praia do Recreio beaches.

Recreio dos Bandeirantes

A charming cove, some 2 kilometers long at the end of Avenida Sernambetiba.

Macumba

This long beach is lined by kiosks and a bicycle track, with the Pedra do Pontal rock separating this beach from Recreio. At low tide, a narrow strip of sand leads from the beach to the rock, allowing visitors to explore it, taking about an hour to climb its steep sides. The view from up there is well worth the effort, looking over the entire length of beach from Recreio to Barra da Tijuca on the one side and on the other along to Prainha beach. A favorite spot for surfers with long steady waves almost all year through, it is ideal for long-boarders.

Prainha

Environmental protection area running some 700 meters with strong seas, this is a favorite place for surfers.

Barra de Guaratiba

Located in an environmental protection area between the Restinga de Marambaia, sand spits, mangrove swamps and the Atlantic Rainforest.

Grumari

Also located in an environmental protection area, this beach faces the open sea, framed by lush vegetation.

Sugarloaf Hill

ACCESS

Open: Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.
Address: Avenida Pasteur 520, Botafogo
Telephone: (+55 21) 2546-8400/ (+55 21) 2542-1641
Website: www.bondinho.com.br
The Sugarloaf cable-car was the first of its kind in Brazil and the third in the world, linking the Morro da Urca hill to the Morro do Pão de Açucar, better known as the Sugarloaf hill. Since then, more than 37 million people have travelled in these cable-cars up these two hills, which offer dazzling views over the city, including Botafogo cove, Copacabana beach and the entrance to the Guanabara Bay. In summer, the amphitheater on the Morro da Urca hill hosts shows and other after-dark entertainment, set against the glittering backdrop of the city lights.

Museum of Tomorrow

The Museum of Tomorrow a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua.

The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now via a number of experiments and experiences. The museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities.

Funded by the Rio city government with support from sponsors, the building attempts to set new standards of sustainability in the municipality. Compared with conventional buildings, designers say it uses 40% less energy (including the 9% of its power it derives from the sun), and the cooling system taps deep water from nearby Guanabara Bay. The structure looks set to be one of Rio’s most famous tourist sights. Its solar spines and fan-like skylight have been designed so that the building can adapt to changing environmental conditions.

The museum has partnerships with Brazil’s leading universities, global science institutions and collects real-time data on climate and population from space agencies and the United Nations. It has also hired consultants from a range of related fields, including astronauts, social scientists and climate experts. It sits waterside in a port area that was left abandoned for decades, and is now being renovated with new office blocks, apartments and restaurants. The museum is part of the city’s port area renewal for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer

ACCESS

Open: daily, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Telephone: (+55 21) 2225-0401
Address: Rua Cosme Velho 513, Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro
Website: www.parquedatijuca.com.br/corcovado

OTHER TICKET OFFICES

Copacabana: Praça do Lido

Open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Largo do Machado

Open: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Estrada das Paineiras – alongside the old Hotel Paineiras
Open: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Corcovado Funicular Railway

Book through the website: www.paineirascorcovado.com.br

Parque Lage – Corcovado Trail

The statue of Christ the Redeemer perches atop the Corcovado peak, which is a don’t-miss attraction for visitors to Rio de Janeiro. The world’s largest and most famous Art Deco sculpture, its planning began in 1921, headed up by engineer Heritor da Silva Costa during the five years between 1926 and 1931, when this monument was inaugurated. A pleasant funicular train trip leads to the foot of the monument lasting some twenty minutes, running through the Atlantic Rainforest to the top of the peak. For easier access by visitors, three panoramic elevators and four escalators have been installed.

The views are stunning, making this an unforgettable outing for anyone visiting Rio.

Maracanã Stadium

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Open: daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (every hour).
Duration: around an hour
Telephone: 0800 062 7222
Website: www.maracana.com
Tickets: www.tudus.com.br/tourmaracana

Named in honor of Journalist Mário Filho, the Maracanã Stadium was inaugurated in 1950. Since then, it has seen many major moments in Brazilian and world soccer, as well as hosting large-scale shows. Guided tours of the stadium offer visitors fascinating glimpses into little-known aspects of these events.

Lapa Aqueduct

Located in Largo da Lapa, where in the past focused Rio’s nightlife, the Arcos da Lapa remain as the main monument of colonial Rio. Its magnificent structure contains 42 arches in two tiers. It was originally built to supply the city with water from the Carioca River, name that gave his first name, Carioca Aqueduct. About aqueduct, now travels the tram connecting the center to the ancient streets of Santa Teresa, picturesque neighborhood with an artistic community and wide range of bars, restaurants, museums, cultural centers and art studios.​

Parque Lage

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Open: Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: Rua Jardim Botânico 414, Jardim Botânico
Website: www.eavparquelage.rj.gov.br

The Parque Lage offers an enchanting setting with 52 hectares of green parklands. Once an old sugar plantation, this park forms part of the historical heritage of Rio.

Botanical Gardens

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Open: Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Telephones: (+55 21) 3874-1808/ (+55 21) 3874-1214
Address: Rua Jardim Botânico 1008, Jardim Botânico
Website: www.jbrj.gov.br

No entry fee for children under 7 years old and adults more than 60 years old residing in Brazil and other Mercosur countries.

The Botanical Gardens are a major attraction for visitors to Rio de Janeiro, as well as researchers studying the hundreds of species growing there, in addition to housing rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, together with ancient trees and other exotic plants.

Tijuca Forest Rainforest

ACCESS

Telephones: (+55 21) 2492-2252/ (+55 21) 2491-1700/ (+55 21) 2492-2253
Address: Estrada da Cascatinha 850, Alto da Boa Vista.

The Tijuca National Park is an oasis packed with exotic species and remnants of the history of Brazil, with many points of interest such as the Vista Chinesa and Mesa do Imperador belvederes.

City of Arts Center

ACCESS

Telephone: (+55 21) 3325-0102
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Address: Avenida das Americas 5300, Barra da Tijuca
Website: www.cidadedasartes.org

This Center launched a new cycle in the cultural life of Rio de Janeiro. Built ten meters off the ground in the heart of Barra da Tijuca, this sculpture-construction is one of the most important and complete venues for presenting the arts. Here, music, song, theater, cinema and dance, the plastic arts and other cultural expressions of Brazil and many other nations have benefitted from the level of excellence that has made this complex into a major hub of appreciation of culture, and building up audiences.

Municipal Theatro Opera House

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Telephone: (+55 21) 2332-9191 | 2332-9134
Box office open: Monday – Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays – 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.. Performance days: 10:00 a.m. up to an hour before the performance starts.
Address: Praça Marechal Floriano, Centro
Website: www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br/

One of the most imposing buildings in Rio de Janeiro, the Theatro Municipal was inaugurated in July 14, 1909. Facing the Praça Floriano square, better known as Cinelândia, in downtown Rio, this is one of the most important opera houses in South America, its fascinating history entwined with the growth of Brazilian culture. For just over a hundred years, it has welcomed international performers as well as leading Brazilian names in the fields of dance, music and opera.

Army and Fort

Army History Museum and Copacabana Fort

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Open: Army History Museum, Fortifications and Exhibitions: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays, 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Outdoor area, cafés and store: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Address: Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco 1, Posto 6 – Copacabana
Website: www.fortedecopacabana.com

Built in 1914 in order to buttress the defense of the Guanabara Bay, the Copacabana Fort saw one of the rebellions that formed part of the Lieutenant’s Revolt in 1922. In 1987, its weaponry was removed and it was turned into the Army History Museum, displaying weapons, items and panels representing Brazil’s military triumphs.

Santa Teresa District

One of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, the steep streets of Santa Teresa are divided by its old electric tram rails, which will start running again in 2015, according to the State government. Packed with squares and other cultural options that offer dazzling views over the North, South and downtown areas, this neighborhood is packed with old townhouses that today are home to art studios, handcraft stores, bars and restaurants. Visitors deciding to walk up to Santa Teresa from the Lapa arches downtown will be able to admire the most famous stairway in Rio, the Selarón, with 215 steps faced with colorful tile mosaics. This stairway is named in honor of the Chilean artist who created this work of art.