Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain
The iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain is a stunning sight, and has been a magnet for tourists for many years. There is a cable car that takes passengers up into the sky and offers the finest views of this wonderful city. It’s a must-do for all visitors to Rio, but whatever you do make sure you have your camera ready and waiting to snap some superb images.

Christ the Redeemer
Another Rio mountain, Corcovado, plays host to one of the most recognisable statues in the whole world. Christ the Redeemer, known locally as Cristo Redentor, is a jaw-dropping 130-feet tall, and is one the world’s largest statues of Jesus. Construction first began in the 1920s.

Ipanema Beach
Perhaps the world’s most famous beach, Ipanema has become a popular location for topping up the tan over the years. It’s the perfect place for just relaxing and watching the world go by. And when you’re feeling a little more active, the chic high end stores in the area will provide you with the ultimate retail therapy.

Jardim Botanico
Rio is a bustling city, but the Botanical Gardens can make visitors feel they are in the middle of nowhere. A stunning oasis of tranquillity in a busy metropolis, the beautifully laid out lawns and plethora of fascinating floral species make this place a delightful detour for everyone.

Tijuca National Park
The best way to see and enjoy the stunning Tijuca National Park is by jeep, and there are organised tours which will take you into the heart of this wonderful place. As well as the impressive trees and the breath-taking views, you can also see a picturesque waterfall.

Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro
Although unimposing from the outside, the interior of this cathedral is incredible. Vast and overpowering, the high walls and iconic sculptures make the landmark an absolute delight.

Maracana Stadium
Even non-sports fans will be mightily impressed by the Maracana. Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, it now has a capacity of around 82,000, although it has held more than twice that number in the past. Soccer is a way of life in Brazil, and guided tours of the stadium provide an insight into the reasons why.

Copacabana Beach
Another wondrous beach to behold, Copacabana is a teeming hive of activity throughout the summer months. For the visitor, it’s easy to find plenty of activities if required, or if a peaceful siesta on the sand is all you want, that’s fine too.

Sao Bento Monastery
Culture lovers will want to see this historic place of worship, and to sample the peace and tranquillity of the impressive setting. The elevator that takes passengers up the hill to the monastery is worth the journey on its own.

Teatro Municipal
Rio’s famous theatre is worth a visit even when there’s nothing showing, but if you’re lucky enough to get tickets for a live event then you’re in for a real treat, because it’s a superb building that features wonderful acoustics, too.