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Top Choice Park in Rio de Janeiro

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The Tijuca is all that's left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This 39-sq-km tropical-jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous te…
Top Choice Mountain in Botafogo & Urca

Pão de Açúcar

Seen from the peak of Pão de Açúcar, Rio is undoubtedly a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). There are many good times to make the ascent, but sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars connect to…
Top Choice Beach in Copacabana & Leme

Copacabana Beach

A magnificent confluence of land and sea, the long, scalloped beach of Copacabana extends for some 4km, with a flurry of activity along its length: over-amped soccer players singing their team's anthem; cariocas (Ri…
Top Choice Beach in Ipanema & Leblon

Ipanema Beach

One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema Beach is demarcated by postos (posts), which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. Posto 9, right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is where Rio’s most lithe an…
Top Choice Monument in Flamengo & Around

Cristo Redentor

Standing atop Corcovado (which means ‘hunchback’), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night the brightly li…
Top Choice National Park in Teresópolis

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Teresópolis Entrance

About 6km south of Teresópolis, off the BR-116 Rio-Teresópolis highway, you'll find the main (and most accessible) entrance to magnificent Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos, which offers some of Brazil's most dramati…
Top Choice Stadium in Zona Norte

Maracanã Football Stadium

Rio’s Maracanã stadium is hallowed ground among football lovers. The massive arena has been the site of legendary victories and crushing defeats. Maracanã played a starring role in the 2014 World Cup when it hosted …
Top Choice Park in Rio de Janeiro State

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgãos

Created in 1939, this high country park straddling the Serra dos Órgãos (Organ Pipe Range) just north of Rio is best known for its spectacular mountain scenery, superb climbing opportunities, and extensive trail sys…
Top Choice National Park in Petrópolis

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Vale do Bonfim Entrance

Up a dirt road in the foothills 20km northeast of Petrópolis, this remote entrance to Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos grants immediate access to a variety of trails for all fitness levels. The easiest is the short,…
Top Choice Gardens in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Jardim Botânico

This exotic 137-hectare garden, with more than 8000 plant species, was designed by order of the Prince Regent Dom João (later to become Dom João VI) in 1808. The garden is quiet and serene on weekdays and blossoms w…