Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    What was once the headquarters of Brazil's oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema screenings...Read More

  • 2. Christ the Redeemer

    Cosme Velho | Mountain–Sight

    Rio's iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue stands arms outstretched atop 690-meter-high (2,300-foot-high) Corcovado mountain...Read More

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  • 3. Corcovado

    Cosme Velho | Mountain–Sight

    There's an eternal argument about which city view is better, the one from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) or the one from Corcovado. In our opinion...Read More

  • 4. Escadaria Selarón

    Lapa | Building/Architectural Site

    After traveling the world and living in more than 50 countries, Chilean painter Selarón began working in 1990 on the iconic tile staircase that...Read More

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  • 5. Jardim Botânico

    Jardim Botânico | Garden/Arboretum

    The 340-acre Botanical Garden contains more than 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palms...Read More

  • 6. Maracanã

    Maracanã | Sports Venue

    Fans have witnessed many historic sports moments at this stadium that hosted the finals of the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and was the venue...Read More

  • 7. Mosteiro de São Bento

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just a glimpse of the Monastery of St. Benedict's main altar can fill you with awe. Layer upon layer of curvaceous wood carvings coated in gold...Read More

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  • 8. Museu de Arte do Rio

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Rio's once run-down port zone is now the focus of a major investment and regeneration program, and the 2013 opening of the Museu de Arte do...Read More

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  • 9. Palácio do Catete

    Catete | Garden/Arboretum

    Once the villa of a German baron, this elegant, 19th-century granite-and-marble palace became the presidential residence after the 1889 coup...Read More

  • 10. Pão de Açúcar

    Urca | 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...Read More

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  • 11. Parque Lage

    Jardim Botânico | Garden/Arboretum

    This lush green space down the road from Jardim Botânico was acquired by Antônio Martins Lage Jr., whose grandson, Henrique Lage, fell head...Read More

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  • 12. Praia de Copacabana

    Copacabana | Beach–Sight

    Maddening traffic, noise, packed apartment blocks, and a world-famous beach—this is Copacabana, or, Manhattan with bikinis. Walk along the...Read More

  • 13. Praia de Grumari

    Grumari | Beach–Sight

    A bit beyond Prainha, off Estrada de Guaratiba, is Grumari, a beach that seems a preview of paradise. What it lacks in amenities—it has only...Read More

  • 14. Praia de Ipanema

    Ipanema | Beach–Sight

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

  • 15. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

    Jardim Piaí | Garden/Arboretum

    Nature lovers and architecture buffs will find it worth making the advance booking required to visit this plantation-turned-museum honoring...Read More

  • 16. Theatro Municipal

    Centro | 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 to its...Read More

  • 17. Arcos da Lapa

    Lapa | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Formerly the Aqueduto da Carioca (Carioca Aqueduct), this structure with 42 massive stone arches was built between 1744 and 1750 to carry water...Read More

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  • 18. Beco do Comércio

    Centro | Pedestrian Mall

    A network of narrow streets and alleys centers on this pedestrian thoroughfare, also called the Travessa do Comércio, whose name translates...Read More

  • 19. Biblioteca Nacional

    Centro | Library/Archive

    Corinthian columns adorn the neoclassical National Library (built between 1905 and 1908), the first such establishment in Latin America. Its...Read More

  • 20. Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The exterior of this circa-1960 metropolitan cathedral, which looks like a concrete beehive, divides opinion. The daring modern design stands...Read More

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