April 17, 2009

Is Rio de Janeiro Worth Visiting ?

If you haven’t visited Rio de Janeiro before you might have your doubts regarding if this place is worth visiting for your next holiday break. This article will try to convince you that Rio is one of the wisest solutions for you and your family and for this reason; your next vacation should be here.

We will start by presenting one of the most recognizable landmarks which is the Corcovado – Christ, The Redeemer which stands with his arms outstretched on the mountain and rises more than 700 meters above Rio. At first, this statue was created in order to be a commemoration of 100 years of total independence from Portugal but unfortunately, the lack of funding postponed the construction until in 1931. Getting to this location is very easy, take the train from Rua Cosme Velho 513 – it runs every 30 minutes from 8 30 am until 6 30 pm.

We will continue by offering a few details about Pao de Acucar – Sugar Loaf Mountain. It measures 396 meters and you can access it by way of 2 cable cars. These cable cars leave every 30 minutes from Praca General Tiburico in Urca. Once you get on top of it, the view is absolutely breathtaking.

Moving on to the cultural side of Rio de Janeiro, we have the Teatro Municipal which can be found in Praca Floriano and it is the home of the orchestra and opera. It was constructed back in 1905 and later on in 1934 it was updated in order to reflect the famous Paris opera. You can get here from Avendia Rio Branco.

Another cultural location in Rio de Janeiro is the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes which is located at Avenida Rio Branco 199 and it is considered to be the very best museum in all Rio de Janeiro. It houses more than 900 original paintings as well as sculptures. The Galeria de Arte Brazileria is the most important gallery in the museum so make sure you check it out.

When you will get hungry you will have plenty of restaurants to choose from, take for example Adega do Valentim which can be found at Rua da Passagem 176 and it is considered to be a highly recommended Portuguese restaurant that serves baked rabbit along with spicy rice, a tasty culinary feast. Other alternatives would be the Confiteria Colombo, situated at Rua Goncalves Dias 34 – a large coffee/restaurant house which offers delicious cakes and excellent coffee. Upstairs at Ruo do Catete 234 you can find Restaurant Amazonia where they serve the best steaks and succulent broiled chicken with cream-corn sauce, all at an affordable price.

Last but not least, the beaches: Copacabana – it is the very best Rio beach with top restaurants and hotels. This is the perfect place for football and volleyball players. Ipanema – not as crowded as Copacabana and as a matter of fact, a little bit safer and cleaner. Arpoador – situated between the first two beaches, it is an ideal place for surfers.

All things considered, Rio de Janeiro should be on top of your holiday destination priorities because it has a lot to offer: fun, relaxation, culture, scenery, food and much more.

Summary: This article briefly reviews some of the most exciting places any tourist should visit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

About Author: John P. is the manager of www.riodejaneiroapartments.co.uk where tourists can find the most affordable Rio de Janeiro apartments for rent.

By RAZVAN JR

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