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A First-Timer’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro

Date: October 5, 2012 | By: Enid Glasgow | Category: Travel Blog

Rio de Janeiro is a charming and vibrant city that begs to be explored. There are so many things to do that it can be overwhelming. You will want to pay visits to the Tijuca Forest, Ipanema and also Copacabana. The city is open for the willing traveler, but what should they see and do first?

When in Rio, visiting the beach is a must. The Brazilian days are so beautiful, it’s a shame to waste them staying inside. Spending the day at the Copacabana Beach is very entertaining. Not only is it one of the most famous beaches in the world, it is also a great place to do some beautiful people watching. There are sun bathers, surfers, and volleyball players all enjoying the white sand beach. Be sure to keep aware though, as pickpockets are common. If you are looking for a less active beach, check out Ipanema Beach for a change of pace.

After spending the day soaking up the sun, you will want to hit other Rio hotspots and cultural attractions.  Take a cable- car ride for amazing views on the 390-foot granite Sugar Loaf Mountain. No trip to Rio is complete without paying a visit to the famous Cristo Redentor, or Statue of Christ the Redeemer. There are many other great destinations to see, such as the Jardin Botanico, Tijuca National Park and the Palacio do Catete. Don’t wear yourself out exploring during the daytime; you will need your energy for the evening.

The nightlife of Rio de Janeiro is legendary and there is something for everyone. If you are in search of some dancing, be sure to stop by Baronneti or Bunker. There is also incredible live music at the Carioca de Germa or the Café Sacrilegio. These are all great places to samba the night away.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has become a sought-after travel destination for travelers from all over the world.  A stay in Rio is sure to be filled with excitement, relaxation and adventure!

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