The least one can say about Rio is that it has a great location. Guanabara Bay has long fascinated visitors - in a 1553 letter to Portuguese king D. John III, Tomé de Souza, Brazil's first General Governor, wrote that "tudo he graça ho que della se pode dizer" - roughly meaning that, in a nutshell, the bay is all grace.
Enjoy Rio from every direction and fill up your camera's memory card when you visit these attractions:
- Sugarloaf Cable Car
A bit scary for some travelers, maybe? - but a mesmerizing and very safe, totally Rio experience.
- Corcovado and Statue of Christ the Redeemer Guide
Look forward to one of the most beautiful panoramas on Earth as you visit the statue atop the Corcovado. The beach can wait if you really want to see Rio from above - Christ the Redeemer often gets wrapped in clouds, so grab your chance to visit it on your first sunny morning in town. Photos on About.com Cruises
- Botanical Garden Photo Gallery
Created by a prince and home to Brazil's most famous Royal palm trees.
- Parque Lage
The park near the Botanical Garden has a palazzo and a trail to the Corcovado through Tijuca National Park.
- Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
A sensitive ecosystem, a sight to behold and one of Rio's favorite playgrounds.