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What do most guy groups bond on? Women and football. Brazil is the ultimate destination that ticks off both those checkboxes, and if it's the capital city of Rio de Janeiro everything multiplies manifold in terms of the fun quotient. Everywhere you go, you'll be welcomed with football and tanned nubile beauties. You just can't ask for more on a guys trip. By the way, there's also the world renowned Rio Carnival that happens in February for you to check out.Must do while here: Marvel at the Christ The Redeemer statue. Play football with the local kids, they're always welcoming.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 3,000Best Hotels.Read more about Rio de Janeiro.
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From the COPACABANA FORT, we will head to the CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, by car, driving pass the TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK, considered the world's largest urban forest inside a city's limits and visit the CHRIST REDEEMER STATUE, from where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful and breathtaking views of the city.Back on the way, as we drive down, we will halt by an unmissible stop at DONA MARTA's view point.
Christ the Redeemer
The tram takes through the Tijuca National Park, largest urban forest in the world. The Tram to the top provides a casual but breathtaking experience. No trip would be complete without visiting the top. At 2230 feet, this hunchback mountain is crowned with the famous Christ Redeemer statue. By night, the 100 foot tall statue appears to float above the city like an angel, guarding Brazil. Corcovado is a spectacular site to visit.
If you're a beach person like me you'll love the sand & waves that line the coasts of Rio. Our first morning in the city,we drove straight to Ipanema beach. We jumped right into high waves & were tossed around. Right by the beach front, there are jogging & cycling tracks, and cycles for rent at 5 reals per hour . We rented cycles from one beach & deposited them off at the other. Must see beaches are Ipanema , copacabana & leblon. We spent most of our time on this beach due to overcrowd on the copacabana.
New Year's Eve! where Rio & Copacabana beach are famous worldwide for it's amazing celebration & fireworks display. In Brazil, people mostly wear white clothes on the Eve. This makes Brazil look snowy white! Copacabana beach is the site of massive fireworks display at midnight. Samba , music are enjoyed by everyone, welcoming the new year! Recommendations: 1) Go with little or nothing in your pockets ( beach is overcrowded so to avoid pick pocketing. 2) To avoid the post midnight hassle is to arrange for a taxi or car to wait for you at a specific location & time.
The next day after breakfast, I hiked to Santa Teresa. This hike took me around six to seven hours. This is not a demanding hike. I moved along various settlements and Incan ruins that are located en route the Inca trail. The soothing overview of coffee and cocoa plantations was the highlight of this day. Beautiful birds and butterflies were the finishing strokes to the awe-inspiring canvas that I was in. I arrived at Santa Teresa in the afternoon. Here I set up a camp for dinner.
Sugarloaf Mountain - Urca
It offers spectacular views on earth. Several shows are held here by major Brazilian artists where people can dance the night away & watch the city's light glittering from below. To reach the top of mountain, one has to take cable car. A fancy restaurant with loud music namely, Cota 200 Restaurante, serves Brazilian food. Little expensive but gives you taste of local food with good ambience.
We will start at around 9am at the LEBLON VIEW POINT where you can taking beautiful pictures of the breathtaking sights of LEBLON & IPANEMA beaches. I call this start "Manu's welcome drink view point", because it's here that I usually take people to "get into the city's mood", as we sip a delicious sweet and chilled non-alcoholic famous Rio de Janeiro drink.Then, we'll drive along Rio's beach side to see the famous LEBLON, IPANEMA & COPACABANA beaches, also stopping at the historical and beautiful COPACABANA FORT, from where we can have the prettiest ground view of the SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN and COPACABANA BEACH. It will truly be your best memory of your Rio trip!
Urca is one of the best place to take sunset pictures. It's situated close to the sugarloaf mountain so it can be visited as the same day as the mountain.Here you can buy beer & a glass and walk across the street & sit on the retaining wall & take in these views. Perfect for couples who want to sit together to enjoy the sunset.
As we walk along Santa Teresa's colonial streets, we'll head to the old bohemian district of LAPA. This visit will be incomplete without visiting the famous "tiles covered staircase" by JORGE SELARÓN, the chilean artist who lives in Rio. At the old district of LAPA, you'll enjoy the centennial buildings. The bucolic and picturesque LAPA district, with the street car riding over the arches of the old aqueduct, is hence also called ARCOS DA LAPA. In the Lapa district, we'll also get to visit the beautiful architecture and mosaics of 1909 at the Municipal Theatre, and Master Valentim Water Fountain, which has been preserved in the heart of this downtown area since 1789.
Parque Nacional da Tijuca
Tijuca National Park is the largest urban forest in the world. Tijuca is home to 30 waterfalls, hundreds of plant species, and over 100 animal species. This is a spectacular tourist attraction, offering a look into the natural beauty that once was all of Rio. Tijuca Peak, the second tallest in Rio, offers spectacular views of the city below, and the natural wonders around Rio de Janeiro. Any visitor simply must see this attraction
Trem do Corcovado
Corcovado is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. At 2230 feet, this hunchback mountain is crowned with the famous Christ Redeemer statue. By night, the 100 foot tall, 1,000 ton statue appears to float above the city like an angel, guarding Brazil's most famous and beloved city. The view from this perch surpasses the imagination, and many visitors are awed by the spectacle. Whether shrouded in mist, or spotlighted by the blazing sun, Corcovado is a spectacular site to visit and wonder at. Tours are available, and the tram to the top provides a casual but breathtaking experience. No trip to Rio would be complete without a trip to the top.
Tijuca is a neighborhood with the most buzz around the city. You'll get to shop in the sprawling arena of South America's biggest shopping mall in Barra da Tijuca, at the Bara Shopping, along with Rio Design Barra and many others. There are also numerous famous churrascaria and cafes and restaurants where we can stop for a quick bite of Brazilian delicacies! Other attractions include Taunay waterfall at the Tijuca National Park visitors center, along with the serenity of the old bridge from the 18th century, keeps the colonial and bucolic atmosphere at this beautiful place. The Barra da Tijuca and Recreio beaches are truly surfers paradise on the west zone of the city. And finally, we'll get to the Urca hill, in the second part of the trip is to ride up to the sugar loaf mountain. And after the sunset, hills give way to the rewarding view of the city lights.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is a beautiful lagoon in the Lagoa south zone of Rio de Janeiro, surrounded by Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico, Copacabana, Botafogo, and Humaitá. Here you will find a Christmas Tree built over a floating platform that moves around the lagoon every season
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum
The Contemporary Art Museum in Niteroi with the sugar loaf mountain in the background is a scene of modern architecture meeting nature's marvels. Designed by the brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, it's an unmissible attraction in Niterói city. The museum and the Icarai beach, Niteroi, behind, make for the highlights of our day 2 of touring Rio.