Spring in Rio de Janeiro might have already passed by the time you read this article, but don’t let that stop you from reserving yourself a stay in Rio de Janiero! You see, Rio is just one of those cities where it’s nice to city any time of the year, but if you don’t know a lot about the city it can be hard to really jump right in and feel comfortable with the whole process. So if you’re in that position right now, don’t worry — you’re definitely in good company. In fact, we wrote this guide for you and everyone else that wanted the high points of traveling to Rio no matter what time of year you wanted to go.
So let’s get some of the basics out of the way, shall we? First and foremost, you should know that Rio de Janiero is actually the second largest city in Brazil, but it is arguably the most famous. Most people only know the party side of Rio, where Carnival comes to life in some strange and interesting ways. However, if you’re an outdoorsy type, you’re going to love the overall beauty of the area. The harbor of the city has such a unique entry point that it looks like the mouth of a river. There’s even Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is pretty nice for climbing at 1,296 feet. There’s also Corcovado Peak at 2,310 feet. You definitely have some different options when you’re determined to climb or hike up some mountains.
The social side of Rio is more than just Carnival time — Rio is going to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, including the final game. So if you’re a soccer fan, you’re definitely going to want to start planning a trip. There’s also the 2016 Summer Olympics to think about as well. It’ll get sizzling hot in Rio, and you’ll be able to see how the Brazilians truly embrace life to the fullest at all costs.
If you want to really explore Rio, you might have to stay longer or come multiple times. This is because the city is home to multiple districts that have something to offer just about every traveler:
It starts with the Centro (Central), which is the financial and business center of the city, along with a lot of historical buildings. You can view the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts here. There is also the Metropolitan Cathedral, symbolizing the connection that Rio has always had to a religious past and even a religious subculture that can be seen everywhere you look.
Then comes Zona Sul (South Zone), which would include Copacabana (yes, the same one from the song!), Leblon, and Ipanema (yes, the same one from that song, too!). This is where you’ll see a lot of luxury reflected through neighborhoods and other tourist friendly sites. This is incidentally where the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains are.
After that we have the Zona Norte (North Zone), which houses the National Observatory and the National Museum as well. There’s also the City Zoo if you really want to see some neat and interesting wildlife. If you think that you’ve seen it all, you definitely need to come to Rio and have your mind blown! [Read more…]