Looking at the rhythm of Samba, the traditional dance of Brazil, it is possible to think that the people in Rio have not much trouble.
There is almost no problem because the worries of the people in this city are traffic and football. Who knows, perhaps the people of Cidade Maravilhosa (Magnificent / Wonderful City) would prefer to look like that. Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil, is a festival place even in the flow of daily life, even if it is not a carnival time. With its different facets and characters, here’s the face of Rio that will lead you from one experience to another…
To understand why Rio is called the Great City, it is enough to look at it from the 710-meter high peak of Mount Corcovado. The mountains covered with lush forests surround the city, the beaches are sparkling along the coastline and many islets are scattered in the sea. It is no different than a film frame and is too spectacular to be true.
Corcovado (hump) or the Christ the Redeemer Hill is one of the most iconic symbols of Brazil, and the trip to Rio is not complete without a visit. On the top of Corcovado, Cristo Redentor, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, standing with his arms open as if ready to embrace everyone, Jesus watches Rio with a calm expression on his face. The panoramic view of the city is spectacular from this 710-meter-high mountain, reached by train. 38 meters high, illuminated at night, weighing 1145 tons, this statue is noticeable from every point and strengthens its position as a symbol of the city. When you look at the city from the summit of Pão de Açúcar, you once again say wonderful. Rio lies before you, Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue on the west side and Copacabana Beach in the south. The two ropeways carry visitors to the summit, 395 meters above Rio. The best time to go up is at sunset when the weather is clear.
Of course, we’re talking about the legendary Copacabana. It is a glorious combination of land and sea, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The 4 km long beach became the host of the Olympic Games at the 2016 Summer Olympics. This is a lively area that is popular with its activities as well as accommodation options. At the beach, soccer and volleyball players, favela children and retirees, fishermen, each group almost chose their own corner. The beach, with its white sand, has a calmer beach in the north at Leme. Since Copacabana is a tourist area, there are cops wandering around the area. However, it is still useful to be around the crowds and busy buffets at night. We must also mention Ipanema Beach. Ipanema is a native word and means bad, dangerous waters. It is not an unwarranted approach, so it is beneficial to swim in the areas where the locals swim. It has a cleaner sandy beach and a cleaner sea. Arpoador, between Ipanema and Copacabana, is Rio’s most popular windsurfing area.
Rio’s Maracanã stadium is a dream for football fans. Although there have been legendary victories and defeats, the stadium has come to the forefront in the 2014 World Cup, where it hosted important events, including the final between Germany and Argentina. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Maracanã, which was opened in 1954 to host the FIFA World Cup. You can join the tour of the stadium for tourists or watch the match in this 78 thousand 800 capacity arena for a truly exuberant experience.
Explore the historic center of Rio de Janeiro and the colorful Santa Teresa district on foot. The 19th-century mansions, backyards, and some landmarks are worth seeing in this neighborhood, which offers a fascinating insight into Rio’s diverse cultural and artistic heritage with artists, writers, and intellectuals; Metropolitan Cathedral, Selaron Steps, Ruinas Park, Confeitaria Colombo coffeehouse, Municipal Theater, Tiradentes Palace and Imperial Palace…
Who wouldn’t be surprised to see a tropical rain forest on the borders of such a big city? This part of Brazil, known as the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest), offers panoramic views. If New York has Central Park, Rio has Tijuca Forest, or Tijuca National Park. With hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and a vast lush rain forest, you can take walks up to 900 meters, reward yourself with spectacular views and see beautiful creatures such as monkeys, birds and butterflies.
Rio, the city that never sleeps
The epicenter of Rio’s legendary carnival in the last week of February is Sambódromo, a parade arena for this festival. Watching the rows here during the grand parade gives people a different perspective. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1984, this open-air arena was revised for the 2016 Olympics. Every traveler who is willing to go to Rio should not forget to get a good night’s sleep. That’s exactly what the carnival means.