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Rio’s energy and lust for life can be addictive! From world-famous Carnival, to beautiful beaches to excellent cuisine, the city surely won’t leave you indifferent.
The Carnival is the most important and the largest event in Rio. The most interesting and spectacular part is the samba parade held at Sambadromo which seats 70,000 people. The Samba parade features 14 groups of dancers each day, dressed in fantastic costumes, singing and dancing to the music of samba.
The Carnival lasts for five days, beginning on the Friday before Ash Wednesday.
Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches
Copacabana is without a doubt the most famous beach in the world. It offers Rio’s classic beach culture and plenty of activities, for example beach volleyball, beach soccer, and sunbathing.
The beachfront Avenida Atlântica is lined with famous hotels, cafes and restaurants. Famous also are its wide mosaic sidewalks designed by Burle Marx.
Ipanema is famous for its fashionable beach and immortalized in the song ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, in addition, the district offers loads of entertainment. Apart from swimming and surfing the area offers numerous chic boutiques, fashionable cafés and lively nightlife.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain is Rio’s best known landmark. It is a 396m granite peak towering over the entrance of Guanabara Bay. It offers a magnificent view over the city and can be reached by a cable car or an hour long hike.
On the top there is a restaurant, amphitheatre, and heliport.
A visit at night offers a stunning view of the city.