Rio de Janeiro happens to be one of the most easily recognizable places all around the world given the number of exposures that it has in various forms of media. This is a great place to stay with its seductive beaches, beautiful people, innumerable attractions and on top of that, you can find cheap hotels in Rio.
The giant statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the best identifiers of the place as it is easily recognizable even from a bird's eye view. Given the quick glimpses that you can get of this Brazilian city, you will surely find yourself entertaining the thought of staying in Rio for your next vacation. If you ever decide that it's going to be Rio de Janeiro this time, here are some of the things that you can do on that trip.
1. See the statue of Christ the Redeemer for yourself
Since Rio de Janeiro has been identified with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, any trip to this place will not be complete without going up the Corcovado Mountain for a closer look at the statue.
This 40 meter Art Deco sculpture was considered as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in the year 2007 and people from all over the world who flock to Brazil make it one of their first stops as it is quite iconic. Aside from having the honor of actually seeing this piece of art with your own eyes, the scenery from up there is unmatched and you should make the trip not only to emphasize that you’ve been to Rio but also for the overlooking view. The best way to go to the statue of Christ the Redeemer is through train. Since a lot of visitors go to this spot, be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowd.
2. Join the Carnaval
Before the Lenthen season, one of the most flamboyant displays of colors takes place in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Considered to be the world's biggest festival, there are about 2 million people in the streets during the Carnaval.
The first festival is deemed to have been held in 1823. This carnival is not just about the display of vibrant hues but also about samba and music. The Carnaval features various samba schools and this famous African influenced Brazilian dance is the festival's primary dance.
Although going during the Carnaval will place you among millions of people in the streets of Rio, participating in the biggest festival is surely a great item on the things that you have experienced.
3. Enjoy the Beach
Rio is well known for its beaches so while in the place, be sure to drop by the beach. The Ipanema Beach has drawn attention from tourist since the 60's. The two-mile beach strip is a great place to hang out with the locals, enjoy the view of the mountains, feast on fresh grilled shrimps and engage in Brazil's version of volleyball. The beach is quite popular hence the difficulty to find a good spot especially during peak season, that is, from December to March.
Copacabana is another popular beach in Rio that is always crowded. In fact, this place has made quite a name that you can spot celebrities in the place especially in Posto 9.
Although these are the best beach strips for entertainment, you can visit Barra da Tijuca which is quite nearby if you want to avoid the crowd. You can go to Painha or Grumari which invite less people.
4. Party at Lapa
As the center of the nightlife in Rio, there’s no better place to be than in Lapa. This neighborhood has a number of clubs that would get you swinging your hips in no time and, of course, it’s a good place to enjoy the cocktails.
The lively music venues attract huge crowds and you can have a lot of fun while milling around with the locals and enjoying the way Rio parties.