Rio de Janeiro – the first city in South America to host the Olympics. Not only does this make Rio a hot spot this summer but it’s also making history and tourism is going through the roof! So if you had Rio in mind, there’s really no better time to go than now. This is the city that hosts the “world’s biggest street party” during the five-day holiday that is Carnival. But if that doesn’t rock your boat – no fear, there’s a lot more to explore. Go sightseeing, enjoy the nightlife, visit museums and party it up by a beautiful coastline because Rio is definitely the place to be. Here are 5 beautiful sights for an unforgettable trip.
1) Visit Iguacu Falls
The exquisite Iguacu Falls is located on the border of Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and Argentina. Special walkways have been built around Iguacu Falls to allow visitors to get up close to this jaw-dropping attraction. It’s also known as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, so what are you waiting for?
2) Sugar Loaf Mountain
And if you’re looking for more beautiful views, spend a few hours exploring the Sugar Loaf Mountain, rising up to 396 metres. Cable cars are available so you can get a 360 beautiful view of the surrounding beaches.
3) Arpoador Rock
Arpoador beach is where the surfing culture began in Brazil and now has many tournaments throughout the year. The rock is wedged in between Ipanema and Copacabana and is extremely popular during sunset. So grab a friend and a drink and cool off on this rock as you watch this sunset. There’s no better view!
4) Lagoa Rodigo de Freitas
It’s Rio’s famous lake and the city’s most picturesque spot. Lagoa Rodigo de Freitas is the perfect place for a stroll. It has a 7.2km walking and cycling path. Bikes are available for use, along with places to dine. There’s also live music on warm nights. The ultimate place to chill.
5) Tijuca Forest
Feel at one with nature and get involved in one of the top 5 popular tours in Rio de Janeiro. This is the best place to go if you really want to escape the buzzing city. Tijuca forest is considered to be the largest urban forest in the world and you’ll get to see animals and plants along the way – like the quatis, the South American raccoon.
Everyone knows that Rio is pretty much the party capital. But aside from the beach parties, there is a lot more that can be explored. While you’re out there, you can tick off Argentina on your South America bucket list too! Check out this Argentina and Brazil package for early 2017. Don’t just make it your dream destination, make it a plan! Only with travelcuts.