10 Top Tourist Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

The dazzling landscape, soaring mountains, and sandy beaches are some of the most evident reasons as to why you should visit Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, the atmosphere reaches at the highest-level of its vibrancy during the Rio carnival.

Here are some of the top 10 tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro.

Theatro Municipal

Situated in the middle of the city, Theatro Municipal (Municipal Theater) serves as the main opera house of Rio. The construction of this theater dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. This glorified building shares some similarities with the Paris Opera. If you don’t want to watch a show, just take a guided tour of this marvelous structure.

Lagoa Neighborhood

Lagoa is the most exclusive as well as third-most expensive neighborhood in the Zona Sul district. Its Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is the largest lagoon, which is perfect for cycling and jogging. Gourmet restaurants and open-air cafés enhance the level of excitement.

Barra da Tijuca Beach

This is the longest beach in Rio de Janeiro, filled with white sand and tranquility. It is a place, which locals prefer a lot. The water is clean and offers a perfect opportunity for the surfers. The close by Barra Shopping Mall boasts 700 different stores and restaurants.

Rio Carnival

Rio de Janeiro is popular for its carnival “Rio carnival”, which takes place during winter. The celebrations start after the New Year and reach its peak prior to the Ash Wednesday. It attracts more than thousands of spectators, including local and foreign visitors. Samba, street parades, and shows are some of the highlights of this carnival.

Tijuca National Park

A7GE2K Tourists enjoy a waterfall and scenery of the Tijuca National Park in Rio with a slow shutter speed to blur the water.. Image shot 02/2007. Exact date unknown.

Tijuca National Park is one of the largest parks in the world, which mostly covers the mountainous landscape. You can enjoy hiking at Pico da Tijuca, the highest peak in Rio. This allows witnessing breathtaking views of Guanabara Bay. Mayrink Chapel and Cascatinha Waterfall are a few attractions of this park.

Christ the Redeemer

Standing with all its grandeur at a height of 710 meters, the statue of Cristo Redentor welcomes the visitors with open arms. The construction of this mammoth statue began in 1922. This soapstone and concrete made statue is the largest statue in the world regarding its genre.

São Bento

The São Bento is a monastery, which is one of the best Benedictine complexes throughout Brazil. This is so, as finest Benedict artists decorated its interior with utmost devotion. By looking at the exuberant carvings, you can ascertain how exceptional this construction is.

Jardim Botânico

Located at the foot of Corcovado, Jardim Botânico covers an area of 350 acres. It is a perfect combination of ecological sanctuary and scientific laboratory. The Orchidarium and Japanese Gardens are some of the highlights. 

Santa Tereza and Escadaria Selarón

Santa Tereza is the most vibrant neighborhood of Rio. Artists and intellectuals prefer its restaurants and cafés for sharing their ideas. In addition, you would find it a charming place to explore. The views are simply amazing; especially the convent/church of Santa Tereza and the Museu Chácara do Céu are worth to visit.


Ipanema is one of the most renowned tourist places in Rio. It lies in between the beaches of Leblon and Copacabana. In fact, it has managed to secure a top place among the “Best Beaches in the World” list for more than once.

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