Experience pure joie de vivre in Rio de Janeiro. With an intoxicating mix of hot rhythms, beach culture, carnival and six million spirited inhabitants, this city will quickly captivate you. But Rio de Janeiro has more to offer. The metropolis is also affectionately called 'Cidade Maravilhosa' (the dreamlike city) and this is not only due to the Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ.
The turquoise blue Atlantic, the white, wide beaches, the steep rocky cones, the lush, emerald green rainforest and the almost painted-looking bays are further reasons to fall in love with the megacity. Less
For a breathtaking panorama
Probably the world's most famous beach
Hidden caves and waterfalls
The most breathtaking view of the metropolis is undoubtedly from Sugar Loaf Mountain. On the 1,292 feet high granite rock, which is located in front of the city, you can see everything: the golden-orange reflections of the sun in the glass towers and skyscrapers of the city, the roaring waves on the extensive beaches of the Atlantic coast and the overgrown branches of the rainforest. By the way, the mountain is actually literally called 'Sugar Loaf' and not 'Sugar Loaf'.
There is a great panorama view not only on the Sugar Loaf, but also on the way there. Built in 1912 by a man from Cologne, the world famous cable car is an integral part of your Rio de Janeiro experience. The two sections of the cable car total almost a mile in length, and it takes about 6 minutes to arrive at the top. You share the gondola with 64 other people. However, the shape of the cabin is such that you will definitely enjoy the ride to the fullest with its breathtaking views of the city.
Four kilometres of sandy beach lined with magnificent hotels and wooded hills, welcome to Copacabana! Jog along the promenade, jump into the cool Atlantic Ocean or simply relax on the sand. There's never a dull moment here, guaranteed. Since the 1930s, 'Praia Copacabana' has been known as a place of glamour, wealth and glamorous luxury. If you're not a sun worshipper, you can also simply watch the rich and beautiful stroll from the promenade Avenida Atlântica.
The 'Christ the Redeemer' statue on Corcovado Mountain is undoubtedly the main attraction and a must-see on any Rio de Janeiro vacation. The unique Art Deco monument was created in stone by sculptor Paul Ladowski in 1931 after five years of hard work. The brilliant monument is 100 feet high, and the massive arm span of the Christ is also 100 feet in length. The pose Christ signals that the city lying at his feet is protected by him. Little tip: check the weather at the base before you head out.
On your way to the Christ statue, you should also look left and right, because you are in a national park. Tijuca National Park is full of hiking trails, caves and waterfalls and should also be explored on your Rio de Janeiro vacation. The park's striking peaks (highest point: 3,350 feet on Pico de Tijuca) and the city's landmark, Corcovado, are the ideal setting for any nature lover. By the way, translated Corcovado means the hunchback and the silhouette of the mountain clearly shows how the name came about. Less