Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Works by Brazil's leading 19th- and 20th-century artists fill the space at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The most notable canvases are those...Read More

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  • 10. Praia do Arpoador

    Arpoador | Beach–Sight

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

  • 11. Museu Carmen Miranda

    Flamengo | Museum/Gallery

    This tribute to the Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda is in a circular building that resembles a concrete spaceship (its door even opens upward...Read More

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