This natural symbol of Rio de Janeiro can be seen at the entrance
to Guanabara Bay. There are two stages in the cable-car trip to
the top of the rock. The first is from the station at Praia Vermelha
to Urca Hill, which rises 705 feet above the bay, and the second
links Urca Hill to the top of Sugar Loaf, 1,300 feet high. Each
stage lasts three minutes. For tourists seeing Rio from the air,
there is now a Tourist Heliport located on the top of Urca Hill.
Address: Cable Car Station - Av. Pasteur, 520 - Praia Vermelha -
Phone: (55 21) 2546-8400 Visiting hours: Daily, 8am - 10pm
da Lapa e Santa Tereza
Lapa Arches and Santa Tereza
in the Largo da Lapa Square,the center of Rio’s turn-of-the-century
nightlife, the Lapa Arches hold their place in history as the most
monumental work undertaken in colonial Rio. This magnificent structure
contains 42 arches in two tiers. Originally built as an aqueduct
to supply the city with water, today they carry another outstanding
attraction: the scenic tramlines linking the Carioca Station downtown
to the picturesque Santa Teresa district, a vibrant artistic community,
with a great range of bars, restaurants, museums, cultural centers
and artist’s studios.
Municipal - Municipal Theatre
and built by A. Guilbert and Francisco de Oliveira Passos, the theatre
was inaugurated on July 14, 1909. The main murals are by Eliseu
Visconti - the ceiling and back drop - by Rodolfo Amoedo. Mosaics
are by Henrique Bernadelli. Address: Pça. Floriano, s/nº
- Downtown - Phone: (55 21) 2544-2900 - Guided visit: Mon/Tue and
Thu/Fri , 9am - 4pm
Botânico - Botanical Gardens
paradise of plants and trees from the four corners of the earth.
Founded in 1808, it spreads over an area of about 340 acres. Over
5000 species of plants, some of the most impressive beingthe Imperial
Palms planted in 1842. Rio de Janeiro Address: Rua Jardim Botânico,
1008 - Jardim Botânico - Phone: (55 21) 2294-9349 Open: Daily,
8am - 5pm
National Park and Tijuca Forest
largest park is the Tijuca National Park, covering 3,300 hectares,
and including Tijuca Forest. The Park is the largest urban forest
in the world. As you look up at the Corcovado from the Lagoa, the
mass of greenery clinging to the edge of the mountain and stretching
miles to your left, is the Tijuca National Park. Roads run through
the entire length of the park allowing visitors to enjoy its many
natural wonders, and at the weekend some of the routes become pedestrian
only. The most well known part of the park is the Tijuca Forest
which is reached from Alto da Boa Vista, accessible from all parts
of the city. Rio de Janeiro Address: Praça Afonso Viseu -
Alto da Boa Vista
de Janiero Brazil has 90km of white sand beaches of which the following
are the Best:
- At Urca - 245 meters long situated below hill.
- Leme and Copacabana seem to be the same
beach as there’s no physical break separating them. Leme is
around 1km long.
- One of the world’s most famous beach, curving
along the elegant Av. Atlântica. It stretches for around 3,4km
from Av. Princesa Isabel, in the east, to the Copacabana Fort in
the west. The widest beach in Rio, Copacabana is the home of beach
soccer and volleyball.
- 800 meters of sand located at the beginning of Ipanema
and backed by a pleasant park.
- Renowned for the hit tune "Girl from Ipanema",
spreads over 2km and is separated from Leblon by the canal at Jardim
de Alah (Alah’s Garden) which links the Lagoa to the sea.
- Around 1,3km Leblon runs from Ipanema to the Leblon belvedere,
one of the most beautiful views of both beaches.
Conrado - Its
official name is Praia da Gávea, but is better known as Pepino.
It is the landing area for the city’s hang gliders who pack
the sky each weekend with their colorful kites.
da Tijuca - Rio’s
longest beach, it stretches over 18km along Av. Sernambetiba. A
hot spot on the beach is the area around the Barraca do Pepê,
a famous brazilian hang glider who died competing outside Brazil.
dos Bandeirantes -
A charming 2km long inlet at the end of Sernambetiba Ave. Sheltered
by a the large rock, Recreio is safe for swimming.
- A secluded sandy strip, 700 meters long, Prainha is
a surfer’s beach. It is an Environmental Protected Area.
- Reddish sand in an unspoiled setting. The sea is often
rough here. It is also an Environmental Protected Area.
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