Between reeling from the success of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, there’s never been a better time to visit Rio de Janerio. TripHobo lists down the reason why you shouldn’t postpone this plan any further!
With the football fever still gripping the world, Brazil has had more than its fair share of time in the spotlight, and with reason of course. The finals, held in Rio, showed snippets of the city at the peak of its festivity, apart from Carnival time! It’s safe to say that the after-effects of the FIFA fame will result in droves of tourists, if they haven’t already. Even though Rio has made a regular appearance on plenty of bucket-lists, not many had have had a chance to cross it out until now. If you’re one of those tough nuts to crack,read on to find out why exactly should you visit one of the most happening cities of the world!
1. The Atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro:
You know how they say certain cities just have a feel to them? They were right…no city party’s better than Rio. The Carnival is the possibly the biggest party on the globe; taking place just before Lent, the Carnival does well to ensure that all temptation is indeed out of the way. A party that needs no invitation, maybe some costumes and definitely the mood to take it to town, Carnival is not to be missed. The city that never tires of tourists, the people of Rio are warm and friendly and will be more than happy to teach you how to shake a leg or dribble a ball.
There’s more beach than city in Rio de Janeiro. The white sand beaches of Rio beckons you in ways beyond words. The lifeline of the city’s activities, there’re beaches at a stone’s throw. Unending expanses of white sand, blue waters, warm weather, and cold beers- what’s not to love! Copacabana and Ipanema are the popular haunts and perpetually brimming with activity; if you want to experience a lesser Brazilian force, you could visit Leblon. The best part of the beaches in Rio- you can enjoy the towering landmarks of the city whilst sunbathing!
3. Christ the Redeemer:
Unarguably, Rio de Janerio’s most recognized tourist attraction, the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands guard over the city with outstretched arms. One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, standing tall atop the Corvocado Hill, Christ the Redeemer offers some uniquely stunning vistas of the city (and beyond). An additional treat is the cog wheel train that takes you to the statue.
4. Sugarloaf Mountain:
Another celebrated sightseeing place of Rio De Janerio, the Sugarloaf Mountain marks the meeting point of the Guanabara Bay with the Atlantic Ocean. The tall granite formation, reminiscent of the moulds to set sugarcane, was dubbed as Sugarloaf by the Portuguese colonizers. Known for beautiful sunset views, you could either ride a cable car or climb to the top to see Rio like never before. The surrounding forests provides some nature and wildlife sightings as well.
It’s unthinkable to not whet your taste buds with some local cuisine when you travel to a new place. If the sights of Rio are to be reckoned with, so is the food. For some authentic Brazilian cuisine, stop at one of the churrascarias, where they’ll grill and slow cook your choice of meat and essentially serve you till you’re too full to move. One particular dish that is specially served on Saturdays is a garlicky stew of meat, black beans and rice- you can’t get any more Brazilian than this spread!
6. Local History & Culture:
If you thought that Rio was all about party and beaches and a light weight holiday, you might want to think again. Rio is a city where you can laze around the beach and empty your mind and catch up on some local history and culture as well (not at the same time, of course). The Museu Nacional de BelasArtes houses one of the best Brazilian art collections, with over 20000 pieces on display. Another museum you should not miss out on is the Museu Historico Nacional, which details the human history of Brazil from as far back as the pre-Columbian times.
“The city with so many adjectives, that it will put a thesaurus to shame”- Anonymous.