38. Rio de Janeiro  BRAZIL  Total Sights: 35+  Nickname: “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvellous City)

 

 

 

 

by Chensiyuan / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Rio de Janeiro

Presided over by the Cristo Redentor Rio de Janeiro is a mix of crazy urbanism, fine sandy beaches, green hills, colonial architecture, ultra-modern buildings and wretched shacks; rich, bohemian and poor.

Rio has a dramatic setting and in Sugarloaf Mountain and the Cristo Redentor statue two of the world's most iconic sights.

Its fabulous beaches and renowned carnival celebrations add to the attraction.

 Apart from its fantastic location, Rio scores solid to high in sights, shopping, and nightlife. The climate is also appealing.

 For years now Rio de Janeiro has made just about every short list for the world's most violent and dangerous cities.

In addition, there are hardly any pedestrian zones and the city is rather expensive.

Criteria 

Sights 

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.85/10

9/10 [3rd]

4.5/10

3.5/10

2.5/10 [150th]

4.75/10

7/10

6.75/10

7/10

7.75/10

6/10

8/10 [6.450 mio.]

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B. Best Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.85/10.

CORCOVADO with CRISTO REDENTOR STATUE  9
Rising over Tijuca National Park and meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, Corcovado mountain owes its worldwide renown to the 38-metre (125 ft) iconic open-armed statue of Jesus called “Cristo Redentor”, which was completed in 1931.

Take the historic cog railway to a station just below the summit of this 710-metre (2,329 ft) granite peak to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city.

Peak  (World Heritage Site since 2012, 710 m, cog railway)

by Mariordo / CC BY-SA 3.0

PAO DE ACUCAR (SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN)  8
Reach the summit of this most recognisable 396m-high (1,299 ft) egg-shaped granite block by glass-walled cable car (with a change at the 212m-high Morro da Urca) to soak up a spectacular panorama over the entire city.

The rocky peak towering above Guanabara Bay is named Sugarloaf Mountain after the characteristic shape of its outline, resembling conical molds of clay, which were used to transport blocks of sugar during the 16th century. 

Viewpoint  (World Heritage Site since 2012, 396 m, cable car)

by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira / CC BY-SA 3.0

Theatro Municipal  6
Home of Rio's opera, orchestra and ballet the magnificent Theatro Municipal was inaugurated in 1909 as the most expensive theater ever built outside of Europe.

Its eclectic and Art Nouveau style (the interior of the theater is as luxurious as the façade) is remarkably inspired by Paris' Opera Garnier.

Opera House  

by Guilherme Lobo / CC BY-SA 3.0

Copacabana and Ipanema Beach  6
City Beaches  (All year 21-26° C)

by chensiyuan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco  6
Church

by Filipo Tardim / CC BY-SA 4.0

Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow)  6
Museum  (completed 2015, architect Santiago Calatrava)

by Mariordo / CC BY-SA 4.0

Jardim Botânico  6
Botanical Garden

by Sporka / CC BY-SA 2.0

Riocentro  5
City District

by Rodrigo Soldon / CC BY-SA 2.0

Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps)  5
Steps

by Marshallhenrie / CC BY-SA 4.0

Real Gabinete Português Da Leitura (Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading)  5
Library

by Mayumi Ishikawa / CC BY-SA 2.0

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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Sunday 02/25 10%
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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

-Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict)  5

-Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (cultural center)  5

-Carioca Aqueduct  5

-Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio De Janeiro (cathedral)  5

-Estádio Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium)  5

-Praça XV de Novembro (square)  4

-Paço Imperial (museum)  4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Rio de Janeiro

Petrópolis (city, mountain retreat, 70 km from Rio de Janeiro)  5

Niterói (city,  21 km from Rio de Janeiro)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro (including close-by excursions)

 CORCOVADO (with Cristo Redentor Statue)  9
SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN (with cable car)   8
Theatro Municipal  6 
Copacabana and Ipanema Beach (all year 21-26° C )  6 
Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco (church)  6 
Museu do Amanhã (museum by Calatrava)  6 
Jardim Botânico (botanical garden)  6
 Riocentro (city district)  5
 Escadaria Selarón (Steps)  5
Real Gabinete Português Da Leitura (library)  5



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