- Corcovado – Cristo Redentor
One of the most iconic and recognizable monuments in the world, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) stands atop Corcovado, surrounded by the beautiful Parque Nacional da Tijuca and the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Completed in 1931, this magnificent statue can be reached from the base by a funicular railway that winds its way through the lush forest of Tijuca as it makes its way towards the summit. Once at the top, the incredible panoramic views of Rio including downtown, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana, will almost make you forget to turn around and take in the imposing 98-foot statue that stands, arms open, embracing this world-class city. In fact, we think this is such a spectacular attraction that we have included a guided tour to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer in our standard Summer Games packages, so that none of our guests will miss out.
- Parque Nacional da Tijuca
As one of the world’s largest urban forests, it is difficult not to be in awe of this lush and spectacular landscape. Visitors to the park can take in wonderful hikes, anywhere from beginner to advanced, unforgettable lookout points from spots such as Mirante Dona Marta, countless species of flora and fauna as well as beautiful waterfalls. Covering over 15 square miles of Rio, it is best experienced with a guide who can show you all of the hidden lookouts and best spots to catch that perfect picture. Our Tijuca Forest hike is a great way to see this incredible area.
- Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) Mountain
Only second to Cristo Redentor, Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) Mountain is Rio’s next most-famous sight. Towering over Guanabara Bay, the views afforded from its peak are some of the most breathtaking in all of Brazil. Visitors to Sugarloaf can take a series of relaxing cable car rides to the summit. If you are feeling adventurous, you can hike (about 30 minutes) to the top of Morro da Urca, the smaller mountain, and from there continue to the top of Sugarloaf via cable car. As one of Rio’s highest points above sea level, views from the top are stunning and with a multitude of wildlife and beautiful forest, there is so much to see at this mountain.
- The Beaches
You cannot visit Rio de Janeiro without experiencing one of its world-famous beaches. From iconic spots such as Copacabana and Ipanema, with their beautifully designed boardwalks, to lesser-known gems like Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado, soaking in the sun while sipping a Caipirinha is one of the best ways to relax the day away in Rio.
- Santa Teresa
Perched on top of a hill overlooking the city, visitors to Santa Teresa will feel as if they’ve departed from the typical Rio de Janeiro as they explore this unique neighborhood. With its colonial architecture, cobbled streets and artistic flare, visitors can spend hours just meandering the narrow streets, taking in the art studios, galleries, and cafés that are nestled in this delightful community.
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