Rio de Janeiro Sights

When in Rio, don't be afraid to follow the tourist trail—the major attractions really are "must-sees." Contrary to tourist-board images, the sun doesn't always shine on the city, so when it does, make the most of it. If the skies are clear, waste no time in heading for Cosme Velho to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, or to Urca to make the cable car ascent to the peak

of Sugar Loaf. Time-pressed travelers will find that whistle-stop city tours are a good way to see many attractions in one day, while those lucky enough to spend a week or more here can afford to take a more leisurely approach. Cloudy days are a good time to visit the attractions of leafy Lagoa and Jardim Botânico and the breezily bohemian hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The historic buildings, museums, and cultural centers of Centro, Catete, Glória, and Lapa are ideal rainy-day options.

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São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca 9

Flamengo and Botafogo 7

Inland Zona Sul 6

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Ipanema and Leblon 5

Copacabana and Leme 4

West of Downtown 4

Catete and Gloria 3

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Praia do Leme

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Leme Beach is a natural extension of Copacabana Beach to the northeast, toward Pão de Açúcar. A rock formation juts into the water...

Praia do Vidigal

  • Beach–Sight

Quiet Vidigal Beach is next to the Sheraton hotel. The small stretch of sand was the playground of residents of the nearby Vidigal favela...

Prainha

  • Beach–Sight

The length of two football fields, Prainha ("Little Beach") is a vest-pocket beach favored by surfers, who take charge of it on weekends.

Pão de Açúcar

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The indigenous Tupi people originally called the soaring 396-meter (1,300-foot) granite block at the mouth of Baía de Guanabara pau-nh-acugua...

Quinta da Boa Vista

  • Park/Playground

Complete with lakes and marble statuary, this vast public park on a former royal estate's landscaped grounds is a popular spot for family...

Recreio dos Bandeirantes

  • Beach–Sight

At the far end of Barra's beachfront avenue—the name of the street was changed a few years back to Avenida Lúcio Costa, but locals...

São Conrado

The juxtaposition of the "haves" and "have nots" couldn't be more stark, or more startling, than it is in São Conrado, where mansions...

Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

  • Museum/Gallery

It's a cab ride out of town and visits need to be booked in advance, but nature lovers and architecture buffs will find it worth the...

Theatro Municipal

  • Arts/Performance Venue

If you visit one place in Centro, make it the Municipal Theater, modeled after the Paris Opera House and opened in 1909. Now restored...

West of Recreio

  • Beach–Sight

If you continue walking west from Recreio, you'll notice that this part of Rio is largely untouched; in fact, you'll see just three things:...

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