When we think about exotic destinations for a holiday, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is always a fun and exciting option. Not only is it a beautiful place with impressive views, but the culture and food make up for an incredible experience.
There’s so much to do and see in this beautiful country, that if you want to explore as much as possible, you need to plan a travel itinerary. This way you can enjoy the country and live a truly unforgettable experience.
Over the past years, Brazil’s capital has earned the name “Cidade Maravilhosa”, thats means "Amazing City.
After seeing all the museums, fancy hotels, legendary carnival, and vibrant nightlife, there’s no doubt there’s not much you can’t do to have a good time in Río.
If you’re planning to visit the Latin-American city, this 3-day itinerary will help you make the most out of your trip:
Pão de Açúcar
Pão de Açúcar is an impressive monolith that Stands over Rio as a giant observer. You can get to the top using the famous Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar cable car to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city. But, if you prefer adventure tourism, you can climb the monolith along with other famous peaks in the area.
Lunch at Joaquina en Copacabana
After enjoying such impressive views and spending the morning looking over the beauty of the city, it is time to try some of Brazil’s traditional meals. And there’s no better place than an iconic restaurant in the city, Joaquina. It is one of those places you must visit in Rio, the service, the food and the view from the beach make it the perfect place for a nice lunch with friends.
Praia de Copacabana
After a nice meal in Joaquina, you can just cross the street and head over to the beach to enjoy a nice afternoon in the warm sand and bright blue water. The majestic combination of the water along with a long line of hotels and fancy buildings make it an incredible place to fall in love with Rio.
Watch the sunset in Forte de Copacabana
End your day by absorbing another of the beautiful views this incredible city has to offer. Walk to the end of the beach to visit Forte de Copacabana, a military base that contains the Army Historical Museum. In the museum, you can learn more about the history of the army in the country and then relax and watch the sunset on the horizon.
Christ the Redeemer
People from all around the world come to Brazil to visit this impressive 98 feet-statute. It is located at the Peak of Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. You can get to the statue by train, bus or taxi, everyone in the city knows how to get there. The best moment to go is early in the morning when there aren’t many people, and you can take in the full view.
Praia de Ipanema
Ipanema is one of those neighborhoods that is known worldwide. This is the place in the city, where you can find cafes, restaurants, clubs and exclusive boutiques. Enjoy the city life of the place and end your walk relaxing in Brazil’s second most popular beach.
Lunch at Espaço 7zero6
Among the dozen amazing places along Ipanema, Espaço 7zero6 has become the go-to places for tourists and locals that want to enjoy some delicious local meals while watching a wonderful view of the city. Away from the crowded places along the beach, this minimalistic restaurant is an amazing place to eat and recharge your energies.
One of the things that make Rio such a wonderful city, is the combination of the modern and busy metropolis and beautiful natural places. The Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, watch some of the wonderful exhibits, and relax away from the craziness of a touristic city.
Watch the sunset and enjoy dinner at Aprezivel
There’s a reason why there are so many amazing places to watch the view in Rio; they are simply magical. Aprezivel is one of the most impressive restaurants in the city. To get there, you need to climb an alley on top of Santa Teresa and get lost in a lush, tropical garden that will make you feel you’re in a resort in the middle of the jungle. The overview of the city is breathtaking, and the food is as delicious as you could expect.
Mirante Pedra Bonita
Start your third day by visiting another natural beauty and having fun with adventurous activities. To get to the top, you need to climb your way there, but don’t worry, the route isn’t too demanding, about 40-minutes long, but the views are worth it. Besides, you can get on a hand glide and live a unique experience.
Vista Chinese is a magical place on top of Boa Vista, it was built from 1902 to 1906. This great monument is a tribute to Chinese culture in the country, and it’s the perfect getaway for an afternoon. From the top, you can have a complete view of the coast, the city, and even the impressive Christ the Redeemer. You can get there walking, by bike, by taxi or taking a tour bus.
Lunch and enjoy the sunset in Praia do Leblon
Finally, visit another beautiful beach to finish your tour in a wonderful place. It is the perfect beach for a family afternoon, it is quieter than Ipanema, and you can find beach toys and equipment for a fun afternoon. Then, take a 10-minute walk over to Mirante do Leblon and relax in the sunset.
To enjoy your trip to Cidade Maravilhosa, you need to keep an open mind and a desire to explore a fun and exciting culture. After a few days around Rio, you’ll see why this city has become a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world.