· Christo Redentor
· Sugarloaf Mountain
· Escadaria Selaron
· Rio de Janeiro Botanical Park
· Imperial Museum of Brazil
1. Copacabana Beach stretches nearly 3 miles and is probably one of the most famous beaches in the world. Certainly, the party life on this popular beach is world famous. The New Year's Festival is filled with people from all over the world. The festival lasts for days.
2. Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue is THE landmark of Rio. The statue stands near 120 feet tall and is the largest art Deco statue in the world. The arms reach out almost 90 feet. The idea of the statue dates back to 1850 but was officially opened October 12, 1931. Millions have come to see this symbol of Rio and the view of the statue and from the statue are spectacular.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain rises 1299 feet above the harbor of Rio and is reached by an enclosed cable car. It is also a symbol of this world famous city. Many films have been made with this world famous mountain as a background. Tradition says the name comes from the Portuguese who were famous for sugar cane harvesting in the 16th century.
4. The Escadaria Selaron is one of the most captivating sites in Rio. Made up of 250 steps stretching up nearly 400 feet and covered with over 2,000 tiles collected from all over the world. In 1990, Jorge Selaron began renewing the steps leading up to his house, but soon become a passion that he says, "This crazy and unique dream will only end on the day of my death!" This is a photographer's paradise.
5. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Park covers over 346 acres and contains over 6,500 varieties of plant life, many of them endangered species. The park is home to over 140 species of birds plus hundreds of animals. The park is a botanist paradise in which you could easily spend the day. Please allow a minimum of 2 hours in this spectacular setting.
6. The Imperial Museum of Brazil is housed in the former palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. It contains some outstanding artwork, wonderful artifacts from his estate and is visited by more people than any other museum in Brazil.
My greatest regret is choosing between the wonderful sites in this fabulous city. It is just impossible to list them all, and it is a shame to have to miss so many fabulous places to see in this magnificent city.