Don't miss these Brazil attractions
Copacabana is the most famous beach in the world and with good reason, it is positioned in a wonderfully rich setting with a backdrop of rolling hills and a jungle of cosmopolitan buildings. This beautiful beach is lined with hundreds of restaurants, shops and stalls. It is recommended to go early in the morning during summer times, because it may be hard to find a spot on the sand. Copacabana is the perfect place to lay back enjoy a pina colada and bronze your body and watch the other people.
Parque Nacional & Floresta da Tijuca
The Parque Nacional and the Floresta da Tijuca is the place to visit to get an idea of what Rio de Janeiro once looked like, it has over 46 square miles of tropical rainforest, hiking trails, stunning views of the city, huge waterfalls, winding streams and lush landscapes. This is the largest urban reserve in the world and it will only take 20 minutes before you are one with nature and might battle to find your way home. There are a number of hiking trails ranging from 115 feet slopes up to 3320 feet mountains.
Largo do Boticario
Be sure to visit the little Largo do Boticario square, a small colonial haven in the middle of town. This neighborhood has houses that dates back from the 19th century. They are decorated with picturesque Portuguese tiles, that gives them a colonial edge. Be sure to see the beautiful fountain and the old-style cobbled streets.
The Corcovado is a towering statue of Jesus Christ, perched atop the 2230 feet high mountain. The statue is accessible by a steep train ride of about 20 minutes or a winding car ride followed by numerous stairs, but the effort is well worth while to see the 98-foot statue up close and personal and the whole of Rio below. At night the statue lights up and seems as if it is floating like a guardian angel over the city.
Igreja da Candelária
This baroque style church has am imposing façade. It took nearly ninety years to build and was finally completed in 1898, it was Rio's biggest church until the construction of the Cathedral. The interior is very colourful with a mixture of marble sculpted columns, statues and altars.