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.
- Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain
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 Rio.
- Corcovado and Statue of Christ the Redeemer Guide
Look forward to one of the most beautiful panoramas on Earth as you visit the newly restored statue atop the Corcovado.
- 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. Read about the Clean Lagoon Project led by Eike Batista's EBX and what it's done for Lagoa's environmental recovery.