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. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro

    Glória | 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 spots...Read More

  • 12. Museu Chácara do Céu

    Santa Teresa | 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 arts patrons...Read More

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  • 13. Praia de São Conrado

    São Conrado | Beach–Sight

    West of Leblon, Praia de São Conrado sits empty during the week but is often packed on weekends and holidays. The strand of soft sand attracts...Read More

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  • 14. 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

  • 15. Praia do Botafogo

    Botafogo | Beach–Sight

    Though it's pretty, Botafogo Beach doesn't attract swimmers and sunbathers. Locals joke that the fish here come ready-coated in oil for frying...Read More

  • 16. Praia do Leme

    Leme | Beach–Sight

    Leme Beach is a natural extension of Copacabana Beach to the northeast, toward Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf). A rock formation juts into the water...Read More

  • 17. Praia Vermelha

    Urca | 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 sand here...Read More

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  • 18. Recreio dos Bandeirantes

    Recreio dos Bandeirantes | Beach–Sight

    At the far end of Barra's beachfront avenue—the name of the street was changed a few years back to Avenida Lúcio Costa, but locals still call...Read More

  • 19. São Conrado

    Beach–Sight

    The juxtaposition of the "haves" and "have nots" couldn't be more stark, or more startling, than it is in São Conrado, where mansions and expensive...Read More

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