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Maracanã Stadium

Maracanã Stadium

Maracanã Stadium

Maracanã Stadium (Rio de Janeiro) – Maracanã is Brazil’s temple to the country’s national sport, Footbal (soccer). Opened in 1950, this arena hosted the World Cup games of that year and some matches of the World championship in 2014. It also hosted the Confederations Cup on 2013, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games (2007), and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Along with the Football events, Maracanã has hosts rock & pop concerts, like Madonna, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Tina Turner, among others. There are actually tours of this arena for foreign visitors. Check its website for updated rates & schedules: www.tourmaracana.com.br


Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach (Rio de Janeiro) – for those who hang out with Brazil’s most beautiful people, the upscale Ipanema Beach is the place to be. This trendy stretch of white sand, located near Leblon Beach, has good views of Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Mountain). Also on display are some of the world’s smallest bikinis. Rent a beach chair and umbrella, kick back with an ice-cold beer , and enjoy the vibe at one of the world’s most famous beaches.


Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding (Pedra Bonita, Rio de Janeiro) – Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular wind sports practiced in Rio. It is a recreational sport that uses a craft often consisting of a metal-framed fabric wing, with the pilot mounted on a harness hanging from the wing frame. He exercises control by shifting his body weight against a triangular bar, also attached to the frame. Hang gliding is very popular world-wide.

Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro happens in Pedra Bonita, a beautiful mountain situated in São Conrado district, just 20 minutes from Ipanema. You don`t need any experience since the pilot takes control of the whole flight. During the flight, all you do is to smile at the camera and enjoy the view. The landing area is on Pepino beach, with its clear waters and white sands. Local tour outfit Rio Adventures works with the best pilots in Rio, who have over 20 years of tandem flight experience and are certified by the Brazilian Hang Gliding Association. See its flights for updated rates & schedules: https://rioadventures.com

Escadaria Selaron

Escadaria Selaron

Escadaria Selaron

Escadaria Selaron (Rua Joaquim Silva, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro) – these eye-catching steps found in Rio’s Lapa district were made made Chilean artist Jorge Selaron. He spent 20 years transforming this unassuming staircase into a unique icon of this city. All 215 of its steps are a mosaic of tiles, ceramics and mirrors in red, green, blue, yellow, and other colors. Tourists on their way to nightspots in the Lapa district stop by here to marvel at this unique sight.

Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park (Rio de Janeiro) – this park, established in 1967, is located in the State of Rio de Janeiro. The Park covers an area of 3,953 hectares between the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. It protects the first replanted forest in the world, a multitude of trails and waterfalls as well as historical ruins of the coffee age.

Besides addressing the Corcovado and the Christ Redeemer and being an excellent alternative leisure for the population and tourists, the Tijuca National Park has a lot of history: its forests are the result of the first major reforestation project in the world, started in 1861. After almost total destruction of the forest for the production of coal and coffee planting, the water sources that supply the city began to dry. Then began a major process of expropriation of coffee farms and replanting of more than 100,000 trees.

The Tijuca Forest Sector can be accessed by the main entrance, located at Afonso Viseu square, Alto da Boa Vista. Those who wish to visit the Serra da Carioca Sector, it is suggested the accesses by the neighborhoods Cosme Velho (Almirante Alexandrino street) or Alto da Boa Vista (Amado Nervo street), both toward the Paineiras and Corcovado. Pedra da Gávea sector have access by Barra da Tijuca (Sorimã road) and São Conrado (Canoas road) and is particularly suitable for free flight practitioners and mountaineering in general.

Santos

Santos

Santos

Santos (São Paulo area) – located just 70 km. outside of São Paulo, this is a popular beach for that metropolis’ residents. What makes this beach distinctive is that it is bordered by a garden which is 5.3 km (3.3 miles) long — making it the largest beach garden in the world.

For tourists, Santos offers more than just a beach. You can go back to the past, embarking on an electric cable car from the 19th century and visit the city’s historic center. The place is very well maintained and has an important cultural collection. When in Santos, you can take this chance to visit the Museu do Cafe Brasileiro (Brazilian Coffee Museum), the Casa do Trem Belico (War Train House), the Praca Maua (Maua Square), the Palacio Saturnino de Brito (Saturnino de Brito Palace), the Teatro Coliseu (Coliseum Theater) and the Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary Church).

Santa Teresa Tram

Santa Teresa Tram

Santa Teresa Tram

Santa Teresa Tram (Rio de Janeiro) — There’s no better way to get to Santa Teresa from Rio’s city center than on the tram. The historic, bright yellow tram takes passengers from the center of Rio de Janeiro up the Santa Teresa Hill and ends in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Built in 1877, the Santa Teresa Tram is the oldest electric railway in Latin America. Visitors interested in the detailed history of the tram should visit the Museu do Bonde. Fare: R$20 per person.

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake (Rio de Janeiro) – this lake, known locally as simply “Lagoa”, is a lake located in the upscale neighborhood Lagoa, just a few blocks away from the beaches in Ipanema and Leblon. It occupies an enormous space of 2.4 million square-meters, and attracts various wildlife such as different species of birds, plants and wild capybaras. It is also a key site for rowing clubs, and it’s common to see rowing athletes practicing out on the water.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest (Blumenau, Santa Catarina) – the second largest Oktoberfest in the world is held here (within one of Brazil’s major German settlements). Oktoberfest Blumenau, a 19-day event, has six restaurants, a food court and several gastronomic spots in the city dedicated to this event. Over 500,000 people show up for this event. See the event website for details: http://oktoberfestblumenau.com.br

Traditional villages surround the city, with their original customs maintained. Those visiting Blumenau can try homemade treats, such as cucas (a cake typical of the German cuisine), liqueurs, various sausages and preserves and the traditional marreco recheado (Drake stuffed with bacon, sausage meat and garlic).

Mercadão

Mercadão

Mercadão

Mercadão (Rua Cantareira 306, Centro Histórico, São Paulo) — considered as one of the best gastronomic poles in the city of São Paulo, the Mercadão conquests every palate. Like any great metropolis, this central market is filled with fine restaurants, charming cafes and typical delicacies from all parts of Brazil to satisfy a population that seeks art, fun and of course, diverse cuisine. Here, you can experience tasty pieces of cheeses from all over the world (parmesan, provolone, bries etc.), the famed mortadela sandwich (or bologna sandwich – which has over 200 grams of mortadela well sliced and placed between hot bread and melted cheese), frozen yogurt tropical mix with toppings of pistachio, chocolate and dehydrated fruits. That, and other delicacies. Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.