Not its administrative capital, nor its largest city, yet Rio de Janeiro is possibly Brazil's most well-known city and offers visitors magnificent views, beautiful beaches, a thriving cultural scene, Sugarloaf Mountain, great cuisine and friendly locals. Here's what 48 hours in this flamboyant city looks like.
Begin a full day discovering Rio de Janeiro at possibly the most iconic sight in the city, the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. Arrive at the bottom of Corcovado Hill and take a small train ride to the top of the mountain where Christ the Redeemer stands tall above you. Not only do you see the spectacular statue up close, you are also rewarded with panoramic views of Rio spread out below you.
Continue to Sugarloaf Mountain, jutting out at the entrance of Guanabara Bay. The journey to the top of Sugarloaf is made in glass cable cars over two sections, offering unparalleled views of downtown Rio, its beaches, Corcovado Mountain and surrounds.
Stop for lunch at a local cafe to rest and refuel before touring downtown Rio, stopping at the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure - stroll along Copacabana Beach and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning is all about experiencing Rio's famous Carnival with a behind the scenes Carnival tour at one of the Samba schools. Learn about the Carnival's history, level of artistry and imagination involved in the creation of the Carnival and witness the construction and production process of the 15 floats and more than 6,000 costumes. You'll also have an opportunity to try on some of the costumes!
Pay a visit to the Selaron Stairs or Escadaria Selaron, leading from the Convento de Santa Teresa to Rua Joaquim Silva. Each stair is unique and made from a combination of ceramic, mirrored and other tiles from all over the world.
Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at leisure before indulging in a delicious dinner this evening at Fogo de Chao restaurant. The restaurant offers guests the chance to sample everything on the menu, with unlimited servings of 15 different delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats and a sumptuous buffet of fresh salads, vegetables and side dishes.
Discover this fantastic city during a small group tour to Argentina & Brazil.
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