Trip to Rio De Janeiro

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25th Oct 2017
Photo of Trip to Rio De Janeiro by Lalitha Priyadharshini

Rio is a vivid city with one of the world's most stunning urban landscapes. A city clad with lush mountains and golden beaches, a heaven for people who love either or both.

We arrived at Rio de Janeiro in rain on a saturday morning.The Airport Santas Dumont (The domestic airport) is close to Santa Therasa. We had a friendly guide Gabriel, who guided us throughout the trip.

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Here is the two-day itinerary of our trip

We arrived on a Saturday morning from Uberlandia and left on Sunday night. A short trip it turned out to be but we managed to cover quite a lot of places.

We walked around the cute hilly town of Santa Therasa in rain. Known as the artistic heart of Rio, Santa Teresa's cobbled streets are lined with rambling mansions that were once home to the city's wealthy elite, and today function as artists' studios, restaurants and guest houses.

It's very close to the domestic airport. The town has colourful artworks on the walls.

1. Escadaria Selarón

Entry:Free

The colorful staircase which has become a symbol of Santa Therasa and Lapa. Escadaria Selarón, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as "my tribute to the Brazilian people". (Source:Wiki)

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There were tiles from different parts of the world. I even found tiles featuring Indian Gods there.!

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2. Parque das Ruínas

Entry:Free

The Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas, or simply Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park), is a public park with an art gallery built on the ruins of a mansion, located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a venue for live outdoor concerts and houses a bar.(Source: Wiki). It has an amazing 360 degree view of the city from the top.

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3. Metropolitan cathedral

Entry:Free

This massive Brazilian church is built like an angular, technicolor pyramid and looks like an angular beehive from the future. It is centrally located and a good spot to visit

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4. Museum of future

Entry: 5 pounds

The main exhibition is almost entirely digital, focusing on ideas rather than objects. Asking questions about where we come from, where we are and where we are heading, it leads visitors along the 200-metre-long hall through displays ranging from the origins of the planet to our possible futures.[1]

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5. Live concert Lapa

Entry:10 pounds

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Lapa is a busy part of the city with concerts and hippy crowd. We attended the concert (midnight). A Live band performed. The atmosphere was filled with smoke and beers all around.

Bondi

The Santa Teresa Tram (Called as Bondi) is a historic tram line in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It connects the city centre with the primarily residential, inner-city neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in the hills immediately southwest of downtown. It is mainly maintained as a tourist attraction and is nowadays considered a heritage tramway system, having been designated a national historic monument in 1988.[2]

The tram tracks are still intact!

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We went down south to Copacabana region where we stayed at Ibis for 37 pounds (For 3 of us which is a pretty decent price).

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6. Sugar Loaf

Entry: 20 pounds

Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city.[3].

The ride takes about 3 mins. The ticket price is 10 pounds (Half price for students) . For adults it is 20 pounds.

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The view from the hill is breathtaking. We spent quite some time there relaxing by the view

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7. Copacabana Beach

The next day we visited the Copacabana beach. It's one of the best beaches I have visited. The buildings by the sea, the sand, it was just beautiful

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Brazil is known for its famous small bikinis. You will find a lot of them being sold on the beach

8. Christ the Redeemer

Entry Fee: 20 pounds

It's a world wonder! I was very excited to visit here. We took a tram uphill called the Trem do Corcovado. The statue of Jesus Christ was gigantic and the site was filled with tourists clicking picture of themselves posing as Christ the Redeemer

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9. Shopping by the lake

The lake in the middle of the city, rather a lagoon is called the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. We then went to for shopping by the lake. A good place to shop souvenirs

We left to the airport Sunday night at 8pm. It was a short trip of 2 days but we were able to cover most of the city

If you have more time, these are the places suggested by locals

Ipenema beach Leblon beach Hiking in the mountains Favelas

Food to try out

Pao de queijo

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Kibbeh

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Brazilian coffee

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When in Copacabana beach must try

Matte

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Its an iced tea with lemonade

Biscoito Globo

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These are biscuits typically munched by Brazilians on Rio's beaches

Hope you found this guide to Rio useful!

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