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Golden beaches and lush mountains, samba-fueled nightlife and spectacular football matches: welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Rio de Janeiro is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO. It is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. For cariocas (residents of Rio), the beach is Rio's backyard – a playground that's free and open to all, offering endless enjoyment in the form of football, volleyball, surfing, snacking, drinking or simply relaxing amid the passing parade of people.

Looking out from the 710m peak of Corcovado, you will see why Rio is called the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). Lushly forested mountains fringe the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront. Far from being mere cinematic backdrop, this seaside beauty hosts outstanding outdoor adventures: hiking in the Tijuca rainforest, cycling alongside the lake and beaches, sailing across Baía de Guanabara, and surfing, rock climbing and hang gliding amid one of the world's most stunning urban landscapes.

Music is the lifeblood of Rio, with a soundtrack comprising rock, old-school bossa nova, hip-hop, funk and Brazil's many regional styles. Above all there's samba, a rapid-fire style of music with African influences and an infectious beat that is synonymous with Rio. You can hear it all over town, but the soul of samba resides in Lapa, an edgy red-light district that is home to dozens of live-music halls and an enormous weekend street party that draws revelers from all walks of life. Samba is also the integral sound during Carnaval, and the danceable backing music to street parties and all-night parades.Speaking of Carnaval, Rio knows how to party. Whether you call it joie de vivre, Lebensfreude or lust for life, cariocas have it in spades. Carnaval, and the buildup to it, is the most obvious manifestation of this celebratory spirit. But Rio has many other occasions for revelry: celebrations after a big Flamengo (or Vasco, Fluminense or Botafogo) soccer match; weekend samba parties around town; baile funk parties in the favelas (slums, informal communities); and boat parties on the bay – not to mention major fests such as Réveillon (New Year's Eve) and the Festas Juninas.

MuseuNacional de BelasArtes - The MuseuNacional de BelasArtes is one of the most important cultural institutions of the country, as well as the most important museum of Brazilian art, particularly rich in 19th-century paintings and sculptures. The collection includes more than 20,000 pieces, among paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, of Brazilian and international artists, ranging from High Middle Ages to contemporary art. It also includes smaller assemblages of decorative arts, folk and African art. The museum library has a collection of about 19,000 titles. The building was listed as Brazilian national heritage.

2-            National Historical Museum - It possesses over 287,000 items, including the largest numismatic collection of Latin America.During 75 years of continuous activities, the Museum assembled the largest collection under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and has become an important center of culture.

3-            MuseuAeroespacial - The place is known as "the Brazilian Aviation cradle". It is one of the most exciting and impacting museums in Rio de Janeiro for those who like or get excited about everything connected with airplanes, air transport and air conquest. The museum is housed in a 2-storey building and also has 5 hangars that house more than 80 airplanes, engines, air weapons, thematic exhibitions in flight costumes, films, explanatory panels, mockups, dioramas, library and documentation file about the assessment.

4-            The National Museum of Brasil - It is the oldest scientific institution of Brazil and one of the largest museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. The National Museum holds a vast collection with more than 20 million objects, encompassing some of the most important material records regarding natural science and anthropology in Brazil, as well a large number of items originated from distinct regions of the planet and produced by several cultures and ancient civilizations. The collection is the principal basis for the research conducted by the academic departments of the museum, which are responsible for carrying out activities in all the regions of the Brazilian territory and several places of the world, including the Antarctic continent. The museum also has one of the largest scientific libraries of Brazil, with over 470,000 volumes and 2,400 rare works.

5-            Museu da Imagem e do Som do Rio de Janeiro -The Museum's collection of Image and Sound contains 304,845 documents between discs, scores, photos, letters, texts and videos, and 18,000 records of Radio Nacional, with songs, novels and scripts for programs of the years 30s, 40s and 50s.

6-            Civil Police Museum - The Rio de Janeiro Civil Police Museum organizes and promotes permanent and temporary exhibitions of documents and items that portray the activities of Civil Police in the History of Rio de Janeiro since Colonial times. Today is divided into the following sections: institution of the police force and its history, uniformed police in the former federal capital, technical police, the extinct political police, initial communications, forbidden games and armament.

7-            Corcovado Christ the Redeemer - It is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world and is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most recognizable landmarks.

8-            Obelisco da Av. Rio Branco - The obelisk commemorating the opening of Central Avenue measures 18 meters and 15 centimeters high. It is made of granite 27 tons of weight.

9-            Rio de Janeiro Cathedral -It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The cathedral is the See of the Metropolitan Archbishops of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro. The cathedral was designed in a modern style based on Mayan architectural style of pyramids.

10-          Candelária Church -It is an important historical Roman catholic church. The church combines a Baroque façade with a Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance interior elements. The Candelária church is a Latin cross church with a dome over the transept. The nave has three aisles and a main chapel in the apse.

11-          ParqueNacional Tijuca -The Tijuca is all that's left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This tropical jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and high peaks. Also in the park is a lovely picnic spot. The park is home to many different bird and animal species, including iguanas and monkeys, which you might encounter on one of the excellent day hikes you can make here; the trails are well signed.

12-          ParqueLage - It has English-style gardens, little lakes, and a mansion that houses the Escola de ArtesVisuais (School of Visual Arts), which hosts free art exhibitions and occasional performances. The park is a tranquil place and the cafe here offers a fine setting for a coffee or a meal. Native Atlantic rainforest surrounds ParqueLage, and you can sometimes see monkeys and toucans among the foliage.

13-          Parque do Flamengo - It is the largest public park and recreation area within the city of Rio de Janeiro. Flamengo Park has a strong sports tradition, with many different outdoor recreational facilities available. The park is the start off and return location of various marathons in the city.

14-          JardimBotânico do Rio de Janeiro - The Botanical Garden shows the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. There are around 6,500 species (some endangered) distributed throughout an area of 54 hectares, and there are numerous greenhouses. The garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. There is an important research center, which includes the most complete library in the country specializing in botany with over 32,000 volumes.

15-          Rio Water Planet - Rio Water Planet claims to be the biggest aquatic park in Latin America. Waterfalls, artificial beaches and lazy rafting rivers are part of the attractions, as are Rio Kart Planet, an open-air kart track, Rio Show Planet, an area for shows, and Rio Circus Planet. Rio Water Planet is possibly South America's most beautiful water theme park. The park is constructed utilizing as much of the natural landscape as possible. Sixteen water slides plummet off the mountainside to the valley below. A chair-lift coveys patrons to the top of the mountain where they can chose from a variety of exciting ride experiences.A giant wave pool highlights the valley floor, with the wave generator also producing waves leading to the Action River, which winds throughout the park.

16-          Jardínzoológico de Río de Janeiro- It is a beautiful place to the ones who loves green and nature, with lots of trees, alleys of palm trees and sorted vegetation. And of course, it has lots of animal from all parts of Brazil and the World. Rio Zoo has animals from all over the world, and among the favorites of the public there is an Elephant, a Lion, a Giraffe, a Tiger, a Rhinoceros, eagles, gorillas and other species of simians. Moreover, amongst the attractions, there is a huge wing of birds that might consume an entire afternoon to visit them carefully. It also has a wing of venomous animals and a special place for bats.

17-          AquaRio - The largest aquarium in South America is Rio's newest major downtown attraction. You can get an up-close look at some 350 different species (there are more than 8000 animals in all), spread among two dozen different tanks. The highlight is a 3.3-million-liter aquarium with a tunnel through the middle that gives the impression of walking right through the depths of a rich aquatic zone. Sharks, rays, sea turtles and many fish found in Brazil's coastal waters are among the star attractions. There are also hands-on areas for kids.

18-          Theatro Municipal - Built in the beginning of the twentieth century, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and important theatres in the country. This gorgeous art nouveau theater provides the setting for Rio's best opera, ballet and symphonic concerts. The theater seats 2400, and sight lines are generally quite good.

19-          Catete Palace - The Catete Palace is an urban mansion, once Brazil’s presidential palace, which now houses the Museu da República (Museum of the Republic) and a theatre. The property is a prime example of neoclassical architecture in the country. The rooms exhibit antique French and Brazilian furniture, numerous paintings on the walls and ceiling, as well as sculptures, chandeliers and porcelain of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

20-          Paço Imperial - Previously known as the Royal Palace of Rio de Janeiro and Palace of the Viceroys, it is a historic building in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Due to its architectural and historical significance, it is one of Brazil's most important historic buildings. Today it serves as a cultural center.

21-          Museum of Tomorrow -The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now via a number of experiments and experiences. The museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities. The museum has partnerships with Brazil’s leading universities, global science institutions and collects real-time data on climate and population from space agencies and the United Nations.

22-          Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro - The Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, apart from being of exceptional historical value for the city and the country, has one of the most harmonious interior decorations among the churches in Rio. The walls, chapels and ceiling are covered with ornate Rococo (late Baroque) woodwork showing lightness and unity in style. The upper walls of the one-aisled nave have a series of balconies and oval paintings of the Apostles.

RestauranteOlympe - Address: R. CustódioSerrão - Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22470-230, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2537-8582. E-mail: [email protected]

Olympe’s cuisine combines French technics with Brazilian ingredients. Upon his arrival in Brazil on 1979, Chef Claude Troisgros immersed on the research of local products, such as baroa potato, hearts of palm, passion fruit, açaí and manioc and started to incorporate these products on the menu. In partnership with local producers, Olympe’s cuisine started to blend national flavor withtraditional French cuisine.

2-            Aprazível - Address: R. Aprazível, 62 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-270, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2508-9174

Aprazível offers beautiful views and a lush garden setting. Grilled fish and roasted dishes showcase the country's culinary highlights of land and sea. Standouts include orange-infused grilled fish with coconut rice, cashews and roasted plantains.

3-            Churrascaria Palace - Address: R. Rodolfo Dantas, 16 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22020-040, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2541-5898

This is one of the best churrascarias (traditional barbecue restaurants) in town. You'll find high-quality cuts of meat and attentive service at this elegantly set dining room. Waiters make frequent rounds with the goods; don't be shy about saying no, otherwise you'll end up with more than you could possibly eat.

4-            Amir - Address: R. Ronald de Carvalho, 55 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-020, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2275-5596

Step inside Amir and you'll enter a world of delicate aromas and handsomely dressed waiters in embroidered vests. Daytime crowds come for the buffet, while at night the à la carte menu features all the favorites, including delicious platters of hummus, kaftas (spiced meat patty), falafel, kibbe and salads. There's a belly dancer on Friday nights at 8:30pm. Other nights you can smoke from a hookah if you snag a balcony seat.

5-            Zuka - Address: Rua Dias Ferreira, 233B - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22431-050, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 3205-7154

One of Rio's best restaurants, Zuka prepares delectable, mouthwatering cuisine. Try zingy ceviche or the confection-like delicacy of Zuka's original foiegras to start, and follow with tender octopus over a roast potato crisp, honey-glazed duck breast with Moroccan couscous, grilled fish of the day with truffle sauce or many other outstanding dishes. All the grilling action happens at the open kitchen; you can sit at the counter and watch the chefs in action. The cocktails, particularly the lychee saketinis, and desserts are also excellent.

6-            Fosfobox - Address: RuaSiqueira Campos, 143 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22031-070, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2548-7498

This subterranean club is hidden under a shopping center near the metro station. Good DJs spin everything from funk to glam rock, and the crowd here is one of the more eclectic in the club scene.

7-            BipBip - Address: R. Alm. Gonçalves, 50 - Loja D - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22060-040, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2267-9656

For years BipBip has been one of the city's favorite spots to catch a live roda de samba (informal samba played around a table), despite it being just a storefront with a few battered tables. As the evening progresses the tree-lined neighborhood becomes the backdrop to serious jam sessions, with music and revelers spilling into the street.

8-            Galeria Café - Address: R. Teixeira de Melo, 31 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-010, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2523-8250

This small bar, theater and exhibition venue in Ipanema attracts a small crowd throughout the week, in parties that are already part of the lively people's agenda and in search of fun until the wee hours of the morning. Do not be surprised if you find heterers, drags and bears dinging the same night, in the Café Gallery beautiful and lively people mixes and lives very well.

In Rio de Janeiro, buses are the main form of public transportation. Although cheap and frequent, Rio's transportation policy has been moving towards trains and subway in order to reduce surface congestion and increase carrier capacity.

1-            Subway and Urban Trains - Rio de Janeiro has three subway lines. The Metro is Rio's safest and cleanest form of public transport. The Metro runs services from 05:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Monday to Saturday, and from 07:00 am to 11:00 pm Sundays and public holidays. People can buy tickets for the Metro at train stations and can either buy single tickets or rechargeable cards. People can also buy tickets for the Metro at buses that make connect places far from the Metro.

2-            Light Rail- The trams are the first in the world to use a combination of ground-level power supply and on-board supercapacitor energy storage, in order to eliminate overhead lines along the entire route.

3-            Bus- They come in both non-air conditioned and air conditioned versions. The buses also run more frequently during the rush hours in the morning and evening. City bus is the cheapest form of travel.

4-            Tram - Rio de Janeiro has the oldest operating electric tramway in Brazil and South America, now mainly used by tourists and less by daily commuters.Santa Teresa Tram or bondinho, has been preserved both as a piece of history and as a quick, fun, cheap way of getting to one of the most quirky parts of the city.

1-            Rio de Janeiro Cathedral - Address: Av. Chile, 245 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-170, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2240-2669

2-            Candelária Church - Address: PraçaPio X, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20040-020, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2233-2324

3-            MuseuNacional de BelasArtes - Address: Av. Rio Branco, 199 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20040-008, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 3299-0600

4-            National Historical Museum - Address: Praça Mal. Âncora, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-200, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 3299-0324

5-            MuseuAeroespacial - Address: Base Aérea dos Afonsos - AvenidaMarechalFontenelle, 2000 - Campo dos Afonsos, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21740-000, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2157-2899

6-            The National Museum of Brasil - Address: Quinta da Boa Vista - São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20940-040, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 3938-6900

7-            Museu da Imagem e do Som do Rio de Janeiro - Address: R. Visc. deMaranguape, 15 - Lapa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-390, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2332-9509. E-mail: [email protected]

8-            Civil Police Museum - Address: Centro, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, 06144-220, Brazil

9-            Jardínzoológico de Río de Janeiro - Address: Parque da Quinta da Boa Vista, S/N - São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20940-040, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 3878-4200

10-          AquaRio - Address: Via Binário do porto, 194 - Gambôa - Praça Muhammad Ali, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-360, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 3613-0700

11-          Corcovado Christ the Redeemer - Address: ParqueNacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

12-          Obelisco da Av. Rio Branco - Address: Avenida Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

13-          ParqueNacional Tijuca - Address: Estr. daCascatinha, 850 - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20531-590, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2491-1700

14-          ParqueLage - Address: R. JardimBotânico, 414 - JardimBotânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22461-000, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 3257-1800

15-          Parque do Flamengo - Address: Praia do Flamengo, 116 - Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22210-030, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 96948-4760

16-          JardimBotânico do Rio de Janeiro - Address: R. JardimBotânico, 1008 - JardimBotânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 3874-1808

17-          Rio Water Planet - Address: Estr. dosBandeirantes, 24000 - Vargem Grande, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22785-090, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2428-9000

18-          Theatro Municipal - Address: PraçaFloriano, S/N - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-050, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2332-9191

19-          Catete Palace - Address: R. do Catete, 153 - Catete, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22220-000, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2127-0324

20-          Paço Imperial -Address: PraçaQuinze de Novembro, 48 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20010-010, Brazil. Tel:+55 21 2220-2991

21-          Museum of Tomorrow - Address: 262gih, PraçaMauá, 1 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-240, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 3812-1800

22-          Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro - Address: R. Primeiro de Março, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20010-000, Brazil. Tel: +55 21 2242-4828


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