Rio de Janeiro is the third largest city in Latin America and the second largest in Brazil. Rio houses the world famous beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema, the Christ Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf. Rio is a mixture of spots with natural attractions, busy metropolitan areas, restaurants, nightlife and carnivals. Rio is also getting ready to host the 2016 summer Olympics, so are the prices of things and services, which is getting ready to become expensive.
Exploring Rio de Janeiro:
The Carnivals: The Carnival of Rio is considered as one of the famous happening in the world. Many people from around the world gather here to watch the dance and feast for days. The parade has many samba dancers dancing to the anthems of samba, trying to impress their viewers with their beautiful moves of Samba dance. This event is usually held in the Apoteose Square, which could hold 90,000 people at a time. This is an amazing event, but, you need to book in advance before many months to get accommodation in a hotel there.
This stadium has the history of hosting the World Cup final in the year 1950, between Uruguay and Brazil, since Uruguay won, the stadium has become a matter of sentiment for the Brazilians. This stadium is considered as one of the biggest stadiums in the world, since it can hold 1,00,000 fanatics at a time.
Take pleasure at the Beaches:
Rio is surrounded by world’s beautiful beaches. The Ipanema and Copacabana are the most famous among them. The Copacabana Beach has a coastline of 4.5 kms. You could play soccer, take a sun bath or dance there at any time. The beach also offers many water sports for the tourists. The Ipanema beach is dangerous at times because of the strong currents in the sea water. So it is advisable to surf and swim in the allotted areas, where the lifeguards are available. The beauty of these beaches lies in the clean sand, with various cafes, bars and nightlife. The inhabitants of this place are stunning while they show off in their bikinis.
Christ the Redeemer:
The height of this statue is 100 feet and was inaugurated in 1931. The statue is located at the Corcovado Mountain and can be seen from anywhere in Rio. This statue is listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
The Sugarloaf Mountain:
The mountain is 1300 feet tall, and you could view the entire city of Rio from the mountain. It is a mesmerizing event to watch the sun rise and unfold its rays in the city. The beauty of the city and nature could be photographed from the peak of the mountain. You can either choose to trek to the hills or take a cable car which is a few minutes ride.
The garden houses more than 5000 varieties of species from the tropical forests of the Amazon, showcasing the vegetal varieties of Brazil. It also has a carnivorous greenhouse, which is lined with Venus flytraps and pitcher plants. It also has varieties of Japanese plants and Victorian water lilies.
The other places to venture are – The Rio city zoo, which has more than 2000 living species. The Paqueta Island, though small, it has a few historical sites and is crowded with families on weekends. The Santa Teresa Tram, The Selaron Stairway, with more than a hundred steps painted by different artists of the world, The Aros DA Lapa for a lovable night life, and the Sao Bento Monastery are worth enough to spend your holiday.
Tips to escape from the pricey Rio:
Food: Choose restaurants that offer ‘Por Kilo’. Here, you can fill your plate and pay for the weight, which comes close to $7 (USD)..
Home stay: Since accommodation is very expensive, try to find a Homestay with a local resident, which is cheap and safe.