Famous for its impressive landscapes and carnival atmosphere, Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s top attractions. Often confused as the capital of Brazil, Rio has plenty to offer, but how about visiting some of its lesser known attractions?
First, a bit of background. As you’ll know, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular cities to visit. Rio’s most famous landmark is Christ the Redeemer; standing at 98 feet high and on top of a mountain, it attracts visitors from all over the world. One of Brazil’s lesser known attractions however, is the Tijuca National Park – the park is a great place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday Rio. Some say the park is better explored by Jeep than on foot, but however you get around, it’s a great place to experience some of Rio’s most breath-taking views. After taking your time exploring the park and tracking down the waterfall, some authentic Brazilian food might be in order.
A fantastic way to really experience Rio’s true cuisine is to have a go at cooking it yourself. “Cook in Rio” offers the chance to make some traditional, exotic dishes whilst learning about Rio’s language, culture and history from their storytelling chef, and is just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
If you’re travelling to Rio with children, a great activity to do as a family is to hire bikes and ride around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (commonly known as Lagoa, Lagoon). Bike riding is great fun for the kids, while the views of one of Rio’s most beautiful areas are definitely worth experiencing. The path surrounding Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas spans 7.2 kilometres, so be sure to take plenty of breaks to soak up the outstanding scenery.
When in Rio, you’re never short of options for how to spend an evening. If you’re a samba enthusiast and want to experience some true Rio nightlife, you’ll love Carioca da Gema. A cosy club, here you’ll find some undoubtedly brilliant samba bands to dance the night away with. It’s a very traditional samba club, so there’s no doubt it’ll be full to bursting.