Rio is definitely the party capital of Brazil, with nonstop samba music and dancing during the Rio Carnival, there is no other party that can top off this kind of celebration.
The Rio Carnival is one of the most well known events and tourist attractions in Rio, but aside from that this city has much more to offer. Places such as the Sugar Loaf Mountains, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, as well as the beaches in Ipanema and Copacabana are just some of the many breathtaking types of scenery in Rio.
So in case you miss the Rio Carnival there is so much more to see and do in this city. You can travel around Rio by foot or by land, but if you can stretch your budget a little bit, helicopter and cruise tours in Rio is one thing you shouldn’t miss.
A trip to the Sugar Loaf Mountains
The Sugar Loaf Mountains definitely rank as one of the top destinations in Rio and one that you shouldn’t miss when you join tours in Rio.
If you get a little adventurous, you can actually go to the peak of the mountain. There are many ways to get there but the safest and hassle free way is to get there by cable car. The first trip will take you up to 220 meters above sea level viewing the Praia Vermelha and the Morr de Acucar.
After the first trip, a stopover is provided with a trip to the shops and restaurants. The second trip by cable car will take you even higher with a spectacular view of Tijuca National Park and the Atlantic Ocean.
For the more adventurous type, instead of going to the summit by cable car, you can choose to go rock climbing or trekking.
The Sugar Loaf Mountains is also a great place to view the sun rise and the sun set.
Corcovado’s Christ the Redeemer
This 130 foot Art Deco statue greets you with open arms as you enter the city of Rio. Located on top of the Corcovado Mountain, this statue is part of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
You can get to the top of the mountain by road which is a 2.4 mile trip or via the Corcovado Rack Train that will take you to the top of the mountain in more or less, 20 minutes. As you get to the top of the mountain, you have to climb 220 steps to get to the observation deck or you can also use the elevator to reach the top. This is definitely one of the best tours in Rio.
Discover Rio’s wild side – the Tijuca Forest
Nature lovers will love it in Rio.
Once you join the tours in Rio, side from the spectacular sceneries, a trip into the Tijuca Forest will make you realize that it is possible to have a jungle amidst a bustling metropolis.
The Tijuca Forest is considered as the world’s largest urban forest. To get to the Pico de Tijuca or the Tijuca Peak, you can follow a trail that will bring you the mountain’s peak which is 3.340 feet above sea level.
Stop, and smell the flowers at the Jardim Botanico
This botanical garden or Jardim Botanico is one of the largest in the world and houses 7000 species of plant from all corners of the world.
This 340 acre garden is a horticulturist’s haven and is even home to the Imperial Palm which was first planted in 1842 by the Portuguese.
The Jardim Botanico is also a great place to go bird watching since 140 bird species can be seen here which include the Dusky Legged Guano and the Toucan who all lay their eggs in this rainforest.
Once you avail of tours in Rio to the Botanical Garden you will also get to see the Japanese Garden which is filled with bonsais, fountains, and sculptures.
Wonder how it feels to fly over Rio and see all the wonderful tourist attractions all in just s few minutes? The Rio Helicopter tours in Rio are the best solutions to those last minute tours in Rio. The Helicopter tour won’t really let you go the places one by one, but you will definitely get to see a bird’s eye view of all the wonderful places to go to. You will get to see the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Jardim Botanico, the Tijuca Forest, the Guanabara Bay, and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Tours in Rio – Other places to visit
Aside from enjoying the wild and crazy Rio Carnival, you can also see Rio in a different light.
For those who are fond of the sea, snorkeling and swimming in the sparkling blue waters of the beaches in Rio is one activity you should do once you get there.
The seas of Rio are also best explored using a schooner. Schooners are boats which are rented to guide you to the best snorkeling spots in the country.
Schooners are also fitted with glass bottoms in order to see marine life without diving under water. Petropolis is also another must see destination in Rio.
The former home of the royal family is one of the biggest attractions in the area. Both the Imperial Museum and the Cathedral of St. Peter are all found in the home of the Emperor Dom Pedro II.
Once inside the museum you will find a crown that has almost 600 diamonds and 77 pearls. Another place that you shouldn’t miss is the Crystal Palace which is a greenhouse dedicated to the emperor’s daughter. For the ultimate island hopping experience, visit the 40 islands of Itacuruca which can be reached by riding a schooner.
The tourist will not only get to see the beautiful islands in Rio, they will also get to see a variety marine wildlife.