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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    This pink mansion houses Santa Teresa's small Museu do Bonde (Bonde Museum), dedicated to Rio's trolleys, and the exhibition covering the history...Read More

  • 12. Floresta da Tijuca

    Alto da Boa Vista | 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...Read More

  • 13. Forte de Copacabana and Museu Histórico do Exército

    Copacabana | 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...Read More

  • 14. Fundação Planetário

    Gávea | Observatory/Planetarium

    Rio's planetarium is a great escape if your vacation gets rained on, or if you simply have a passion for astronomy. The adjoining interactive...Read More

  • 15. Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    Steps away from Botafogo metro station is a museum in the former home of the 19th-century Brazilian statesman, writer, and scholar Rui Barbosa...Read More

  • 16. Museu Casa do Pontal

    Grumari | Museum/Gallery

    If you're heading toward the beaches of Prainha or Grumari, consider taking a detour to Brazil's largest folk-art museum. One room houses a...Read More

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  • 17. Museu Internacional De Arte Naïf do Brasil

    Cosme Velho | Museum/Gallery

    More than 6,000 works by Brazil's best self-taught painters, along with some by their counterparts from around the world, grace the walls of...Read More

  • 18. Museu Nacional

    São Cristóvão | Museum/Gallery

    A little off Rio's main tourist track, the National Museum is well worth the metro ride to view its exhibits of botanical, anthropological,...Read More

  • 19. Oi Futuro Flamengo

    Flamengo | Museum/Gallery

    This slick, ultramodern exhibition space also houses Rio's Telecommunications Museum. The museum itself delivers a unique multimedia adventure...Read More

  • 20. Parque do Flamengo

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx designed this waterfront park that flanks the Baía de Guanabara from the Glória neighborhood to Flamengo...Read More

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