When we hear about views of Rio de Janeiro, we hear a lot about the wonderful views of the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. These are magnificent places, no doubt, but there are viewpoints in our wonderful city as spectacular as these two famous and which ones do not charge entry and have no lines to enter.
We chose three lookouts easy access by car: Chinese View, Mirante Dona Marta and Parque da Cidade-Niterói. Chinese View: Located inside the Tijuca Forest, the exotic and charming Chinese View is the only observation deck in the city of Rio, accessed by car, where it is possible to see from the same angle Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. From its 380 meters above sea level, the Chinese view is accessed by only 15 minutes drive out of the Botanical Gardens, being the viewpoint of easiest access.
Dona Marta Top View: From 360 meters high, this stunning viewpoint provides a wonderful picture of Rio de Janeiro, being possible to see many postcards as the Sugar Loaf, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Maracanã, Guanabara Bay, Rio-Niteroi bridge. Moreover, it is the closest viewpoint of the Christ the Redeemer statue, and vantage point for photos with the statue.
Parque da Cidade-Niterói: Being in Niteroi, across the Guanabara Bay, the Parque da Cidade has perhaps the best and most beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro from all viewpoints. From the top of its 270 meters, the observatory has a panoramic view of the Ocean beaches of Niteroi, across the Bay of Guanabara and the open ocean, as well as Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, Gavea Stone and the entire mountain range of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil is known worldwide as the “soccer country”. And here in Rio de Janeiro we have 4 of the 12 big clubs of the country: Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama. As Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil until 1960 and the city is surrounded by water, rowing was the most popular sport in the country until the early 20th century and 3 of the 4 major Rio de Janeiro soccer clubs were born to practice rowing: Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama. Fluminense being the only one to have been founded directly for football. Flamengo is the most popular club in Brazil, and of the whole world, according to FIFA. Over 40 million fans spread throughout Brazil. Flamengo has most fans in all social classes, but for having the highest percentage in the lower classes, as in the Favelas, is known as the team of people. Flamengo is the record of public club in the history of Brazilian football, having put on several occasions over 200,000 people at the Maracana to watch their matches. It is also the biggest winner of national titles in football and the club with the most titles in the world considering the practice of other sports. His great idol, known as “White Pele”, is Zico, most Maracana scorer with 333 goals, and who coached Japan’s selection in the World Cup 2006.
Botafogo historically has been considered the strongest team in Brazil in the 50s and 60s, with Santos of Pelé, the greatest athlete of the 21st century. Botafogo is the team that had more players called for the Brazilian selection until nowadays. Today, fans of other clubs locals pull pranks on Botafogo’s fans for being long without winning a title of expression. The greatest player in the history of the club was Garrincha. But there are so many others to be cited as: Nilton Santos, Didi, Amarildo, Jairzinho. Fluminense is considered the elite team of Rio de Janeiro, to have the most fans entered in the high income of Rio society classes.
Headquartered in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras (orange tree), is located next to the City Palace, where lives the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Your current big idol is Fred, but historically Rivelino and the paraguayan Romerito are considered the greatest players in the club.
Vasco da Gama, founded by Portuguese, still holds today its tradition of having fans of the Portuguese community in Rio. It is the only club from the 4 big clubs of Rio to have its headquarters located in northernzone of Rio, where are most of the poor neighborhoods of city. It was the first Brazilian club to accept black players when the sport was still practiced by the brazilian elite. Roberto Dynamite is considered by many the greatest player in the club’s history. Romario, world champion with Brazil in the World Cup of 1994, is another big name who began his career at Vasco da Gama.
When it comes to Rio de Janeiro comes to Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. But there are attractions in our wonderful city as interesting as. We choosed these three special and contrasting places: Tijuca Forest, Favela Tour and Santa Teresa.
Rio de Janeiro has a lot of joy, a lot of football, a lot of beaches, lots of happy people and of course: music. Rhythms present in the carioca nightlife and carioca lovers infect not only Brazil but the world. Below we list some musical styles that were born in Rio de Janeiro so that you can enter into the atmosphere of the Marvelous City.
For people who like to have a closer contact with nature, Rio de Janeiro also offers several options to meet your wishes. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the city has several potential sites for ecotourism practices. Below, we list some alternatives for all ages.
Rio de Janeiro is a city that offers a variety of nightspots for tourists, but also has a wide variety of attractions in Rio night that only those who is local know. We have listed some places to visit: – San Salvador Square: square located between the neighborhoods of Flamengo and Laranjeiras, in recent years has become a point frequented by locals of the south zone of Rio.
The Municipal Natural Park of Prainha, known as Parque da Prainha, was created by the City of Rio de Janeiro since 1999 and opened in 2001. It has an area of 147 hectares, joining Prainha to its neighbor beach: the beautiful Grumari.
Rio de Janeiro may not have as many high-end hotels as one might expect from such a glitzy city, but the best accommodations here options really do offer something special.
The best luxury hotels in Rio come with a high price tag, but if you want to feel utterly fabulous in the cidade maravilhosa (or ‘wonderful city’, as Rio is known in Brazil), then these top picks are worth the splurge.
An espresso and a snack on the hoof are fine if you’re in a rush, but long, leisurely breakfasts suit the holiday mood, and Rio offers many options for those looking to break their fast in style. Brazilians take their cafe de manha seriously, and it’s rare to meet somebody that skips the first meal of the day.