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Santa Tereza

Santa Teresa is located strategically in the mild climate of the mountains, between Zona Sul (southern area) and the city centre. One of its main attractions is a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro, with unique views over the natural beauty Rio offers to residents and visitors alike.

MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

The museum is located at Praça Mauá in the beautiful Palacete Dom João VI and offers short and long-term exhibitions that bring together historical and contemporary art. Free admission on Tuesdays.

MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna

This important museum is located in the gardens designed by Burle Marx. It exhibits a permanent collection, which provides an overview of Brazilian contemporary art, with works by Bruno Giorgio, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Lasar Segall.

RODRIGO DE FREITAS LAGOON

Enjoy a morning walk or cycle on the bike path and rent a pedalo to see the landscape from another perspective. In the evening, choose one of the many kiosks in the area, which have different culinary specialities (some also have live music).

COPACABANA, IPANEMA AND LEBLON BEACHES

The three beaches are worth visiting, as each has their own charm. Look for spots that are more popular among locals. Make sure you don’t miss the sunset at Pedra do Arpoador.

Theatro Municipal

One of the most imposing buildings of Rio’s architecture and one of the “Seven Wonders of Rio de Janeiro”, the theatre was fully restored in 2008 and is worth paying a visit. It offers guided tours (also available in English and Spanish).

TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK

Home to the largest urban forest in the world, it houses several species of fauna and flora spread over 3000 hectares of Atlantic Forest. It is divided into three visitation areas: Floresta da Tijuca, Serra da Carioca (with the Corcovado Mountain) and Pedra Bonita/Gávea.

Jardim Botânico

Created by Dom João VI, this is Brazil’s principal and largest Botanical Gardens. Take a walk through the alley of imperial palms and visit the bromeliad & orchid nurseries. It is worthwhile checking if there is any exhibition taking place on the site.

MARACANÃ / SOCCER MUSEUM

You can take a stadium tour (guided or not) and see behind the scenes, the bleachers, changing rooms, boxes and part of the historical collection of this soccer temple with photos of all-time great soccer stars, classic matches and other curiosities. But best of all you can go and see a match for yourself – especially if it is a classic.

SUGAR LOAF

A ride on the cable car is a unique experience where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city with all the natural beauty it has to offer – sea, lagoon, bay, rocks and vegetation.

CHRIST THE REDEEMER

On top of Corcovado Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is a must-see attraction. Elected in 2007 as one of the new Wonders of the World, it offers a spectacular and exciting view.

SANTA TERESA

Santa Teresa is located strategically in the mild climate of the mountains, between Zona Sul (southern area) and the city centre. One of its main attractions is a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro, with unique views over the natural beauty Rio offers to residents and visitors alike.

The local architecture, with historic 19th century buildings and beautiful colonial mansions, completes the lovely setting of this neighbourhood, where you can experience the local lifestyle in all its aspects: cultural, gastronomic, bohemian, social and more.

Museu do Amanhã

Museu do Amanhã is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now via a number of experiments and experiences. The museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities.