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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Centro 16

São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca 9

Flamengo and Botafogo 7

Inland Zona Sul 6

Santa Teresa and Lapa 5

Ipanema and Leblon 5

Copacabana and Leme 4

West of Downtown 4

Catete and Gloria 3

Urca 2

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Military Site 1

Mountain–Sight 1

Museum/ Gallery 18

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Park/ Playground 1

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Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 6

Sports Venue 1

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Museu H.Stern

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Hans Stern started his gem empire in 1945 with an initial investment of about $200. Today his company's interests include mining and...

Praia de Ipanema

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As you stroll this world-famous beach you'll encounter a cross section of the city's residents, each favoring a particular stretch. Families...

Praia do Arpoador

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At the point where Ipanema Beach meets Copacabana, Praia do Arpoador has great waves for surfing. They're so great that nonsurfers tend...

Praia do Leblon

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At the far end of Ipanema lies Praia do Leblon, a stretch of beach usually occupied by families and generally less lively as far as beach...

Praia do Vidigal

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

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