Top tips for a Rio de Janeiro trip
Getting to know Brazil’s second-largest city.
On Corcovado Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro, “the Marvelous City.” Choro beats pulsate along the coastline, as volleyballs fly over beach nets and the sweet smell of caramelized popcorn lingers around food carts. As Brazil’s second-largest city, this vivacious seaside spot is bursting with energy and is waiting for you to visit.
The Brazilian shoreline is a mecca for sun worshippers and beach babes. Copacabana Beach has a reputation for boasting one of the most scenic coastlines in the world, while the trendy Leblon and Ipanema beaches tie for second place. These vibrant beachfronts are scattered with bronzed “cariocas,” spontaneous dance parties, and fresh coconuts for sale.
Tourists also flock to Sugarloaf Mountain, or “Pao de Acucar.” This peak, which stands at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean serves up epic views of the city. Some hop into the cable cars at Praca General Tiburcio to arrive at the summit in minutes, while the adventurous rock climb and clamber to the top.
Meat lovers often chow down at churrascarias. Serving up Brazilian-style barbecue, these steakhouses pride themselves on quality meat and professional service. Pick the “prato feito,” which is a set meal with meat, rice, fries, and salad, or order “feijoada;” a stew with beans and meat.
Looking for some street eats? Follow the lure of churros to the food vendor clusters. Snack on some “pipoca,” a sweet and salty twist on traditional popcorn with condensed milk, cheese, and bacon toppings. Or go for the flaky, deep-fried pastries, “pasteis,” which are stuffed with meat and cheese. “Quiosques,”or food stands, are also scattered along the shore, where the locals rave about the fresh coconut water and fried shrimp.
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