Ever since the Rio Olympics just a few years ago, I’ve been absolutely dying to take my own Brazilian beach vacation. There’s something so appealing to me about Rio De Janerio, Brazil and I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to dip my toes in the white sand found on a gorgeous Portuguese beach! Whether you celebrate Christmas by frolicking on the beach or if you’re dying to head to Rio just to get away from it all, try one of the fantastic tourist ideas found on this list. Keep reading below to see more!
Take A Photo With Christ The Redeemer
As far as I’m concerned, you can’t visit Rio without seeing the statue of Christ the Redeemer! Tickets to see the statue in person cost a mere $30 and the views experienced from the mountaintop are well-worth the price of admission. Enjoying these views is the best way to see the sights! Visitors usually spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour enjoying this location.
Jardim Botanical Gardens
The Jardim Botanical Gardens is one of the largest botanical gardens in all of South America. The large botanical gardens house many different varieties of palm trees, regular trees, and other plants. Guests can get lost wandering between the tall palm trees or sniffing the exotic flowers. Jardim Botanical Gardens is a must-visit sightseeing destination!
Located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain is a small, commonly photographed rock formation. This beautiful attraction is one of the most visited places in all of Brazil! Visitors can take a tram ride to the peak of the mountain while enjoying 360-degree views of the surrounding wildlife and beaches. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Located on the south side of the city, Arpoador Beach is known as the birthplace of surfing in Brazil. And for good reason too! Surfers can enjoy fantastic waves, and those of us who like something a little more relaxing can spend time lounging around in the white sand or having a beverage at one of the many local bars in the area.
Another beach located in the “south zone” of the city, Copacabana is one of the most visited destinations in Rio for New Years Eve festivities. The beach is more than three miles long and perfect for sunbathers, swimmers, or sightseers. If spending a day lounging around in the sand doesn’t sound like much fun for you, there’s plenty to do with other great restaurants and shopping in the area.
One of the best ways to see most of the city is doing your exploration by foot or bike! For a guided bike tour around Rio (and the opportunity to learn tons of history along the way) visit Rio by Bike Tours for more on this affordable vacation activity.
Don’t Forget To Eat!
Of course, one of the best parts about going on any kind of vacation is indulging in all of the various types of food and the food is incredible in Rio! Be sure to visit Org Bistro, Cachambeer, or Adeg Perola for some of the best local fare in the area. You (and your taste buds!) won’t regret it!