10 experiences not to miss in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro

10 experiences not to miss in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro

Ask any explorer in the world what the sexiest city in the world is and Rio de Janeiro is likely to top the list. Its radiant beaches are a social gathering of all classes attracting visiting sun worshipers who ascend to Cidade Maravilhosa, aptly named Marvelous Town. The locals are known as the cariocas, which is also synonymous with everything Rio.

The pulse of the cities begins on its golden sand beaches. Rio has a sexy vibe that dates back to the 1960s when bossa nova artists Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes introduced the alluring “Girl from Ipanema” to the world. Hardly a day goes by that the beachcombers don’t form a volleyball match or get a group together for a soccer match. As surfers ride perfectly formed swells, or others glide along the bike ride, stop at the small dining huts for a bite to eat or a drink while soaking up the crowd. of all mankind is the liberated metropolis of the waterfront.

Music is Rio’s vital spark. Amidst all the cacophony of sounds of its vibrant music scene, from old-schoolbossa nova to hip hop and rock to immerse yourself in the wonderful city and experience the pulse of the city, you have to unite with the alluring dance. African-influenced high-heat samba.

Rio knows how to party like no other city on the planet. Its musical buzz and zest for life lead to the world’s largest outdoor party held every year before the all-inclusive Rio Carnival loan; the city embraces all the takers who honor its presence. As in all of Rio, football (soccer) occupies an important place in the cultural landscape.

The cosmopolitan metropolis has the largest urban jungle in the world. The Tijuca Forest covers over 12 miles of tropical rainforest. Within the lush confines of the cinematic backdrop is the city’s crown jewel, Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer), a statue perched high above Rio with sweeping views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, radiant beaches and tiny dotted islands off the coast.

Don’t miss these highlights of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio by bike

I like to mention that the best way to see a city is by bike, and Rio de Janeiro is an easy to maneuver urban area. Having a bike to go around town gives you the chance to explore off the beaten track and arranges chance encounters with locals and new places you would have likely missed. You’ll find Tembici bike stations scattered across Rio where you can pick up a bike or drop one off.


If you prefer to take a guided tour with experts and other enthusiasts, Rio by Bike offers three-hour walks along the beaches at a seven-hour duration that showcase most of the highlights of the city of Carioca. Along the routes there are many excellent vantage points for photos.

See www.riobybike.com for more details.

Free walking tour of downtown Rio and Lapa

Walking tours are a great way to learn about your new surroundings and tips on other things to do in a city. Step back in time as you discover Rio’s cultural downtown and the colonial neighborhood of Lapa. Led by passionate storytellers, you’ll learn about its fascinating history as well as Brazilian culture brought to life through the eyes of a local.


Once you’re done with the sights of downtown, you’ll visit Rio’s most vibrant neighborhood with its bohemian vibe. The highlight being the Selaron Stairs and the painted murals. The Steps 200 Steps contain ceramic tiles sent to Rio from 60 countries around the world.

Best of all, it’s a free walking tour with no fixed price. Each attendee pays what they feel the visit is worth or what they can afford.

See www.freewalkingtours.com for more details.

Hiking and adventure tours

Rio is a city in a tropical rainforest and one of the most fascinating cityscapes in the world. Observe nature up close. The wooded hills of Tijuca in Rio are a must visit from the city of Carioca. Climbing near Rio’s grande dame, Corcovado, is an unforgettable experience. Since 1999, the adventure travel company Rio Hiking has offered multi-day treks, backpacking tours and private tours in and around the city.

Hiking in Rio

Beyond hiking, the company adds adventure to any trip to Rio, specializing in multisport outdoor activities including biking, sea kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, hang gliding. , rafting and cultural attractions. We operate in the city of Rio and nearby destinations: Ilha Grande, Paraty, Serra dos Órgãos, Bocaina, Itatiaia, Buzios, Arraial do Cabo, Minas Gerais and other national and state parks. Guided tours, creating unforgettable links with nature, local people and culture.

See www.riohiking.com.br for more details.

Carnival experience (behind the scenes)

What is more linked to Rio than the carnival? Suppose you miss immersing yourself in the crowd of two million revelers a day, walking and partying the streets and entering the Sambadrome. In that case, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s greatest show by spending an afternoon with the passionate authority of the Carnival and Samba School at Carnival Experience.

carnival experience

Preparing for the main event in Rio is a daunting task, involving thousands of people behind the scenes up to a year in advance. You will immerse yourself directly in the creation of floats, costumes, dance troupes, musicians and choreographers. You will be adjusted and dressed in costume for the ultimate photoshoot at the end of the tour.

See www.canivalexperience.com for more details.

Cooking in Rio (preparing a meal with a local chef)

Learn the intricacies of Brazilian cuisine with passionate, joyful and witty Michelin-starred chef Simone Almeida. Start your culinary journey with a quintessential Caipirinha sugarcane cocktail. You’ll feel right at home assisting Chef Almeida, preparing comforting Brazilian culinary meals in small groups in Copacobana’s cozy kitchen created for guests’ intimate gatherings.

Cooking lessons

Making the trip upon arrival or at the start of your vacation allows you to immerse yourself in Carioca culture with a better understanding of the melting pot of cultures in this incredible seaside metropolis. Simone’s passion for her environment is a highlight of any trip to Rio. You enter the classroom with a group of strangers before the cooking class, and at the end of the lesson you will leave, having made lifelong friends.

See www.cookinginrio.com for more details.

Discover Urca and Sugarloaf Mountain

Escape the hectic pace of Rio on a leisurely tour of Rio’s founding district. On the bump of Pao de Azucar or Pain de Sucre is the oldest settlement of Urca in Rio. The community consists of less than 20 streets and is located in the middle of Guanabara Bay.

Rio - Cable car - Sugarloaf

Urban Adventures offers a four-hour trip that included a taste of Rio’s famous empadinhas (savory and sweet stuffed turnovers) and quench your thirst with a cold beer while blending in with Carioca life at ‘mureta da Urca’.

From the base of Urca, Praia Vermelha on the rapid cable car performs the stratospheric ascent from the bottom of the summit of Urca Sugarloaf. The breathtaking and mesmerizing view from the top of the rock engulfs Guanabara Bay, Copacabana, and downtown Rio. Savor Embrace the relaxed Carioca lifestyle.

See www.urbanadventures.com for more details.

Corcovado by train and Maracana stadium

Take a four-way ride of two of Rio Corcovado’s must-see attractions, the Christ the Redeemer statue hovering above the city, in dense Tijuca National Park. The group tour begins at the cogwheel railway for a staircase to paradise through the thick forest. Upon reaching the top, you will be mesmerized by the 710-meter (2,329-foot) giant granite statue of Jesus.


Later the tour returns downtown to one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Passionate futebol fanatics know that soccer is a way of life in Brazil, and in the marvelous city, matches are played in its crown jewel, the Maracana Stadium. You’ll receive a behind-the-scenes look at where some of the world’s biggest games have taken place. You’ll be sitting on the team bench imagining Pelé’s 1,000th career goal and World Cup moments.

See www.aventuradobrazil.com for more details.

Visit the favelas of Rio

To immerse the heart and soul of Rio, one must visit Rio’s low-income slums located above the city in the mountains known as the favelas. The colorful buildings are a patchwork of low-income city communities. The hillside communities date back to the 19th century, occupied by fugitives and later slaves who were freed. Rocinha Favela is the largest in Latin America.

hill with poor favela people

Although many times affiliated with drug trafficking and violence, nearly a quarter of Rio’s residents live in favelas. Rio’s native dance samba is a product of the favela lifestyle. The favelas are rich in art and culture. Contrary to myths created by the media, favelas are not areas of constant warfare, and proper advice is essential insight into understanding economic and political factors.

See www.nowinrio.com for more details.

Soar over Rio on a tandem hang glider

Rio is one of the best destinations for adventure sports. If your thrill-seeker and hang-glider has eluded you but still tops your adrenaline bucket list, few backdrops are as stunning as the verdant cliffs of Rio. On the south side of Sao Conrado Beach, you can’t miss the giant pterodactyl-shaped gliders that land gracefully in the golden sands.

hang gliding

As Fabio, my instructor, mentioned, almost anyone can hang gliding in tandem. There are no unique skills involved. You should be able to run about 20 feet up the mountain and then settle in when your instructor takes over. The wind determines the duration of the flight, but 10 to 20 minutes is the average duration. The journey begins as you fly over mountains covered with rainforest. Photographers meet you upon landing on the beach, the flight school office hut in Sao Conrado to preserve a very likely unique experience in photos.

See www.rioasadelta.com.br for more details.

Stay on a plantation farm (fazendas)

A little out of the way from the big city, but well worth a visit. Vale do Cafe is an agritourism region located three hours north of downtown Rio, best known for its rich restored plantation houses known as fazendas. You can book a room at a handful of large farms, which date back to the colonial period of the 18th and 19th centuries – similarly decorated estates in the southern United States feature a time when coffee and sugar cane fields were the main focus. cultures.

Luxury house Fazenda

Sao Luiz de Boa Sorte and Fazenda Las Palmas are two of the fazendas where guests can spend the night. Most include breakfast and some also serve dinner. These renovated mansions are a step back in time and mix together majestic decor styles – an educational journey into the lives of the Portuguese aristocrats who settled on these massive farmhouses.

See www.valedocafeturismo.br for more details.

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