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 18

Flamengo and Botafogo 9

São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca 9

Inland Zona Sul 7

Santa Teresa and Lapa 6

Ipanema and Leblon 5

Copacabana and Leme 4

West of Downtown 4

Catete and Gloria 3

Urca 2

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Christ the Redeemer

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

Corcovado

  • 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...

Floresta da Tijuca

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Surrounding Corcovado is the dense, tropical Tijuca Forest, also known as the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. Once part of a Brazilian nobleman's...

Forte de Copacabana and Museu Histórico do Exército

  • Military Site

Copacabana Fort was built in 1914 as part of Rio's first line of defense, and many original features, such as the thick brick fortification...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The aptly named Church of Our Lady of the Glory of the Knoll (Church of Glory for short) sits on top of a hill and is visible from many...

Museu Chácara do Céu

  • Museum/Gallery

The collection of mostly modern works at this museum was left—along with the hilltop house that contains it—by one of Rio's greatest...

Museu de Arte do Rio

  • 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...

Parque Lage

  • Garden/Arboretum

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

Praia Vermelha

  • Beach–Sight

Right at the foot of Sugar Loaf, this sheltered, rough-sand beach (the name means "red beach," a reference to the distinctive coarse...

Praia de Copacabana

  • Beach–Sight

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

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