Day and night in Rio de Janeiro

17 June, 2014 0 Comments

Christ on Corcovado Mountain

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its carnival, the largest and most spectacular of the world, and it is also famous for the beautiful bay that surrounds it, by its landscape, the silhouette of the horizon with its Christ the Redeemer, one of the most beautiful postcards of the world.

Rio de Janeiro is located to the south-east of Brazil, 450 kilometers from Sao Paulo, and something more than 1,100 of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Rio is the capital of the state of the same name and account with more than 6 million inhabitants. In this year 2014 is one of the headquarters of the FIFA World Cup and in 2016 will host the Olympic Games.

Among the places that you can’t fail to visit during your stay in Rio de Janeiro is the climb to the top of Corcovado and contemplate the silhouette of Rio de Janeiro from the Christ the Redeemer. Located 710 meters above sea level, the statue measures 38 meters, more the 8 from the pedestal. Inaugurated in 1931, you can climb through the Trem do Corcovado, which leaves us in a staircase with 222 steps or in the elevator. I would suggest to walk up to enjoy the views.

Another must visit is what is known as Sugarloaf Mountain, which is a rock formation located in the Guanabara Bay, to almost 400 meters above sea level. The best way to climb up to there is on board the cable cars, from which you get some of the best panoramic views of the city. I recommend going early by the queues that are formed. There is a first stop in the Morro de Urca, and a second at the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain.

If you want to visit museums, you can get closer to the National Museum of Fine Arts, which is located on Avenida Rio Branco, which was opened in 1937. This museum houses a collection of works by Brazilian artists from the XVII to the XX centuries, in addition to works by other American and European authors. It is located in the old building of the National School of Fine Arts and the entrance is free. Another museum that is recommended to visit is the National Museum, which is located in the Quinta da Boa Vista, from where we get a lovely view of the city. It is the largest museum of natural history and anthropology of Latin America. Founded in 1818, the museum has a collection with prehistoric skeletons, indigenous ceramics and different types of minerals, in addition to a library and a botanical garden.

On the other hand, you will be surprised at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, which was opened in 1979. It is one of those modern temples so often seen by Brazil, a strange building located in the financial centre of the city. This cathedral stands out mainly for its large stained glass windows and its shape very unusual for a religious building.

And to relax nothing better than a walk on the beach. In Rio de Janeiro the most well-known beaches are those of Copacabana and Ipanema. Copacabana is the most popular, with 4 kilometers in length. But they are not the only beaches in the city, there are also others such as the beaches of Grumari or Prainha.

View of Rio de Janeiro

In the evenings, you will find bars, discos, cafés, restaurants and clubs of samba. The nightlife in Rio de Janeiro is very lively and full of music and color. At any point in the city you’ll find a local dance to any type of music. The usual is to go first to dinner or a drink, since the dance halls open later. The night begins at the Baixos, the south zone of Rio, with cafés, restaurants and breweries of Ipanema or Copacabana. Then you have the clubs of the center or of Leblon, in addition to the gafieiras or halls of samba.

Photo 1 Source: Mariordo
Photo 2 Source: Rosino

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