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Cristo Redentor

Christ the Redeemer is a huge statue of Jesus Christ in Rio De Janeiro. The statue is the symbol of Brazil, the most visited attraction of the country and one of the biggest emblems of Christianity. Christ the Redeemer is a grey stone statue made in Art Deco style.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf is a mountain in Rio de Janeiro which faces the Atlantic Ocean. It has a height of 396 m and has got its popularity among tourists due to the amazing panoramic views. The mountain is a must-see destination and is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches in the world, situated in Rio De Janeiro. It is 4 km long. The beach and the surrounding area was "Olympic Zone" during the 2016 Summer Olympics. The beach includes hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and residential buildings

Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Jardim Botânico is the botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro. It presents a wide variety of Brazilian and World flora. It is situated in Corcovado Mountain. The garden has 54 ha area and more than 6,500 species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees are shown there.

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach is one of the most luxurious and expensive areas in Rio de Janeiro. The beach got it’s popularity from the song ""The Girl from Ipanema"", written in 1962, and since then has become a top tourist attraction in the city.The beach is also popular is the classy restaurants, shops, and cafes.

Arpoador beach

Arpoador is a region located between Ipanema and Copacabana. It is a rocky area with seaside. It is a famous point for surfers, as the rocks in the area give the waves up to 7–10 feet height. The most favorite event in Arpoador, however, is sunset during the summertime.


The Maracanã is a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The name comes from the Maracana river, which is located in neighbourhood. The stadium opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup. Besides the football matches it also host many concerts and other sport events.

Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro

Theatro Municipal is the opera house of Rio de Janeiro. Is is built in Parisian style and reminds one of the classical European architectural masterpieces. The theater is from early 20th century and is one of the most beautiful and remarkable structures of Brazil.

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Rodrigo de Freitas is a lagoon in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro. Is is connected with the Atlantic ocean by many rivers.The lagoon attracts the tourists with its green hills. Rodrigo de Freitas is considered to be “The Heart of Rio de Janeiro”.

Morro da Urca

Morro da Urca is a small hill just in front of the Sugar Loaf hill. It is situated in the district called Urca. The height of the hill is 220 meters above the sea level. Despite being a shorter hill, it offers one of the best views of the city from its top.

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is a cultural organization in Rio de Janeiro. The building is all in art-deco style. The center opened in 1989, later opened its branches in other cities of Brazil. The center contains theatres, cinemas, a library, video rooms and multiple art galleries.

Escadaria Selaron

Escadaria Selaron are the world famous set of steps in Rio de Janeiro. It was made by a man, whose surname was Selaron, that’s where the name of the monument comes from. The steps feature colorful character and decorations of blue, green and yellow shades, which are the colours of the Brazilian flag.

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