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Rio de Janeiro things to do & places to visit

If you go to Brazil — your heart stops, head goes dizzy, and hair stands on end. Visiting dangerous favelas or rising to the top of Sugarloaf in the most extreme cableway — danger and extreme are the essence of the incredible Rio de Janeiro.

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The splendid facade of the city hides the picturesque nature of white-sand beaches, majestic mountains and mysterious tropical forests can surprise travelers with many unexpected discoveries.

If you want to understand what makes Rio so alive, you should try dancing samba on the famous Sambodrome cheered up by thousands of spectators, join the gilded youth at the most fashionable beach Leblon, drive the oldest tram in South America and make a bet at dog races. Then you need to go to the dangerous favelas, meet the local fauna in the Tijuca Forest and finally ascent to the Brazil’s symbol — the Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Rio, so colorful, so full of contrasts and so hospitable, will lavish care upon its guests, astonish even the most experienced adventurers, seduce with non-stop salsa music and enchant with idyllic landscapes.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro 8

Climb the top of Sugarloaf by the cableway in Rio de Janeiro
oddviserClimb the top of Sugarloaf by the cableway#1 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Ride in a transparent cabin of one of the most extreme cableways in the world.

How much: from R$206#unusual#views#selfie#natureSugarloaf Mountain
See the toucan in Rio de Janeiro
Eugene KrasowskiSee the toucan#2 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Do you know why the toucan’s beak is so huge? Learn many interesting facts about this wonderful bird at Fundacao RioZoo.

How much: from R$16#birds#zoos#animalsFundacao Rio Zoo
See the Iguacu Waterfalls from the helicopter in Rio de Janeiro
oddviserSee the Iguacu Waterfalls from the helicopter#3 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

These waterfalls are breathtaking, especially if you are standing just a meter away from Devil's Throat.

How much: from R$583#unusual#waterfalls#views#selfieThe Iguacu Waterfalls
See tamarins in Rio de Janeiro
oddviserSee tamarins#4 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

These cute little monkeys with many names are very emotional and easily terrified. Feed them to tame in Fundacao RioZoo.

How much: from R$16#monkeys#animalsFundacao Rio Zoo
Participate in the carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Kateryna PlakhotnaParticipate in the carnival#5 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Take part in the bright carnival procession, choose a most extraordinary costume and surprise everyone. Be immersed into the atmosphere of joy and happiness.

How much: from R$195#unusual#holidays#authentic#cultural#shows#sexual#adult#selfieRio de Janeiro
Try brigadeiro dessert in Rio de Janeiro
Lev СhechetkinTry brigadeiro dessert#6 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

It is close to impossible to resist the country's principal dessert – Brigadeiro sweets. Treat yourself to this delicacy!

How much: price unknown#desserts#cuisine#foodRio de Janeiro
Surf at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro
Lev СhechetkinSurf at Copacabana#7 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana beach is a perfect paradise for surfers. If you are one of them – grab your surf and go to conquer the huge waves of Copacabana.

How much: free#surfing#active#freeCopacabana beach
Climb to the top of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
TarrasClimb to the top of the statue of Christ the Redeemer#8 of 8 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Climb to the top of the statue of Christ and take the most epic selfie on the background Rio!

How much: free#unusual#active#free#views#extreme#dangerous#selfieRio de Janeiro
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Places to visit in Rio de Janeiro 4

Fundacao Rio Zoo in Rio de Janeiro
Fundacao Rio Zoo#1 of 4 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Zoo is a great place to start your acquaintance with the Brazilian fauna. There you will find an impressive collection of animals and birds of the Amazon jungle.

#zoosRio de Janeiro
Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Sugarloaf Mountain#2 of 4 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio attractions that offers stunning views of the entire city from the height of 396 meters

#mountains#sightsRio de Janeiro
The Iguacu Waterfalls in Rio de Janeiro
The Iguacu Waterfalls#3 of 4 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

275 waterfalls on the Iguacu River create a fantastic natural site, and serve as a border between two countries.

#waterfalls#sightsRio de Janeiro
Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana beach#4 of 4 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana is a synonym for an all-year-round beach holiday in any of the luxurious penthouses, welcoming coastal hotels and irresistible casinos located on the splendid seafront.

#beaches#sightsRio de Janeiro

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