Best Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Botanical Gardens

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Being the second largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is known as a fascinating and vibrant city having amazing natural wonders and world-famous stunning beaches, samba music and dance, the world’s largest soccer stadiums and of course the annual unique Carnival celebration. Each year hordes of tourists visit the city, knowing that there are always plenty of things to do and see, so take a look at our post about the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro and explore the best sites and entertainment.

Take a tour in Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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If you really want to do some more interesting activities than lying all day on the beach, go for hiking in the heart of Rio in the tropical rainforest of the Tijuca National Park. Being a significant tourist attraction, there are several guided tours through the park. These tours provide perfect opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the park, involving amazing waterfalls, archaeological sites, caves and exotic wildlife. The national park is home to The Statue of Christ, the Corcovado Mountain and the highest peak in Rio de Janeiro called in the same name: Tijuca Peak. (1022meters).

Visit the Botanical Garden

Even for the non-nature lovers this wonderful park is a must see attraction for every visitor in Rio. The avenue with majestic palms and unique plants are a true paradise for nature lovers. There are several paths taking the visitors for beautiful theme gardens.

Pick up souvenirs at the Artisan Market

The Feira Hippie, at Praça General Osório – Ipanema, is a really tourist oriented plaza in Rio de Janeiro. It is the best place for picking up souvenirs as the stalls are full with different forms of artwork, such as clothes, jewelries and even furniture. There is also a Sunday fair where visitors can have some culinary experiences as there are many local delicacies.

Spend a day on the beaches

One can not think of a beach on Brazil without the world-famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Swimming in crystal clear waters, playing volleyball and partying are some of the must do activities around the beach resorts. The high season runs from November to March.

Enjoy the peace at Parque Lage

Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro


If you want to take a break from the urban lifestyle of Rio de Janeiro, visit the Parque Lage a public park, situated at the shadow of the Corcovado Mountain. It is known as a breathtaking mansion with spectacular European style gardens. After passing through the front gate, the heady smell of flora helps you forget that you are in a vibrant city. Walking along the paths you head up the hill and you will get to a duck pond and following tha paths you can hike up to the Corcovado Mountain to the Statue of Christ.

Wander around the city of Rio

If you are a person who has an interest about the cultural and historical sights of the city, who wants to learn more about the cultural aspects you shouldn’t miss out visiting the Municipal Theater, Fine Arts Museum, and National Library. A huge advantage is that the entrance to most of the museums is free. Banco do Brazil it is considered to be the cultural center of the city, containing theatre, movies and exhibitions.

Take a bike tour

Cycling around the Lagoa and along the beaches is a very popular activity in Rio, as it has more than 75 km of cycle paths offering great views of the beautiful landscape of the city. There are very challenging paths such as the Chinese Road and Tijuca Forest.

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