A Brazilian postcard. The city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro is known for its unique natural beauty, a result of the harmony between the mountains and the sea.
Besides the exceptional topography that surprises and enchants people from all over the planet, a great number of historical monuments complete the fascination of the “Wonderful City”.
Added to the unique recipe of Rio, a wide range of bars, restaurants and the warm joy of the “carioca” people make every visit to this city an incomparable experience.
Chosen as one of the Seven New World Wonders, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the main touristic spots in Rio.
At the foot of the largest and most famous art deco sculpture, an observation deck offers a fantastic view of several points of the Wonderful City.
The statue was originally accessed through a set of 220 stairs, but now it also counts on panoramic elevators and escalators.
The Corcovado Tram is the best way to get to the Christ the Redeemer statue, because the path itself is already a spectacle.
Sugar Loaf – PÃO DE AÇÚCAR
Sugar Loaf is a trademark of Rio de Janeiro. The hill is a unique rock derived from granite, it has practically no vegetation and is more than 600 million years old.
Two large and independent cable car systems with two cars in each line ride back and forth to Sugar Loaf. The system can transport up to 1,360 passengers every hour.
The cable cars – the only ones in the world with completely see-through surfaces – roll along two steel cables with 1.97 inches of diameter each, made up of 92 intertwined steel threads.
With iconic landmarks like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, Rio de Janeiro has no shortage of famous lookouts, but if you’re looking for a unique view away from the masses, head to the Vista Chinesa. An oriental style pavilion perched at 380 meters on the Alto da Boa Vista, the Vista Chinesa (literally ‘the Chinese View’) is one of the most striking monuments of the Tijuca Forest, erected in 1903 to honor Rio’s Chinese immigrants.
Regarded as one of the grandest Chinese monuments in South America, the award-winning gazebo offers spectacular views over the city, spanning the coastal lagoons and mountaintops, including the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and Leblon. The easiest way to reach the Vista Chinesa is by taxi or tour bus, but adventurous types can also tackle the climb on foot or mountain bike – a steep yet scenic 6km trek that’s not for the faint hearted.
THE TIJUCA FOREST
The Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world and it has leisure areas with trails and spaces to practice sports, cycling, running and mountaineering. It is the most visited federal conservation area with an average of 2 million visitors a year.
Some of its trails are circular, allowing the hiker to walk long distances inside the park and end up safely in the same spot.
Botanical Garden – JARDIM BOTÂNICO
The Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro is known as a live museum. It gathers more than eight thousand plant species distributed in an area of 133.4 acres.
It was created in 1808 by D. João VI and is considered as one of the most important gardens in the world. There are also several monuments with historical, artistic and archeological value, and also the most complete Botanic library in the country, with more than 32 thousand books
SÃO SEBASTIÃO Metropolitan Cathedral
Located in downtown Rio, the cathedral is 246 feet high and it can host 20,000 people standing.
Its main gate is also called “The Faith’s Door”. It weighs about eight tons and it is decorated with 48 embossed bronze panels, which represent the Creed of the People of God, by Pope Paul VI
Strolling around the streets of this neighborhood is getting to know a little bit of the old Rio, where the traditional was part of the routine. Located on top of a hill, Santa Teresa has several options of leisure and culture, with studios of many artists and great restaurants
MARINA DA GLÓRIA
The Marina offers boat rental services for sailing in the Guanabara Bay. There, the visitor finds bars, restaurants and a commercial center that offers nautical products and other services.
Lage Park – PARQUE LAGE
There are 3,745.84 ft² of native plants of the rainforest on the slopes of the Corcovado mountain range.
Inside the Park, there is the Visual Arts School, with a library and an auditorium for up to 150 people