Hotel GOLDEN TULIP IPANEMA PLAZA - 4 Sterne
Rio de Janeiro City Guide
The vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro can be felt everywhere, from its famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, to the samba clubs of Lapa, and to the shopping districts and the bohemian streets of Santa Teresa. Stay in a Golden Tulip Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and you will have the opportunity to explore the city from inside out.
During your stay in a hotel near Rio, take the time to see the waterfalls in the lush tropical rainforest at Tijuca National Park, ride a gondola up to the giddy heights of the Sugarloaf Mountain, have your photo taken in front of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, or just kick back and relax on the city’s beaches: you’ll find plenty of attractions and things to do or see around your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Rio is best viewed from above, and you have several scenic points to choose from. Climb to the top of Corcovado, located in the lush vegetation of Tijuca National Park. At the top of this mountain you can not only see panoramic views of the city, but also visit its most iconic statue: Christ the Redeemer. This statue of Christ with his arms outstretched measures 38 metres high and is lit up brightly at night. For a romantic ride around the city, take the bonde streetcar that clatters through the cobblestone streets of bohemian Santa Teresa, the favourite neighbourhood of local artists. One of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro is visit Copacabana Beach, with its tanned crowds enjoying the social scene.
Things to see in Rio de Janeiro
The city has a vibrant art scene, which you can see in a number of museums and art galleries. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts to see neoclassical works from Brazilian artists and copies of European sculptures, or head to the Museum of Modern Art for a glimpse at complicated modernist works overlooking the sea. Parque Lage is an attractive green space for more things to see in Rio de Janeiro, including opera, concerts, and theatrical performances. The Jardim Botanico was also designed in the 1800's, like Parque Lage. It contains well-tended gardens, and if you look up you may even see small monkeys swinging through the trees. If you're intrigued by the spectacle of Carnival, why not visit Museum of Carnival to learn more?
Rio de Janeiro Transport
Most flights arrive at Aeroporto Galeao, which is 15km to the north of the city centre. Some domestic flights will arrive at Aeroporto Santos Dumont, however. Buses and taxis run regular service into the city from both airports. Many travellers arrive by bus, particularly if arriving from other Brazilian destinations. The central bus station is Rodoviaria Novo Rio, where you can take a taxi to your final destination. There's a wide range of Rio de Janeiro transport options within the city. Ferries provide service to Niteroi, while buses are swift and run frequently. There is also a well-organized subway system.
Rio de Janeiro Events
There's no doubt that Rio de Janeiro's premier event is Carnival. Thousands of revellers travel from around the world to take part, with street parties, fanciful costumes, samba performances, and parades. Yet there are other Rio de Janeiro events worth experiencing, such as the Bonfire Festival in June. During this festival, residents build bonfires and set off fireworks in public squares. The city's marathon also takes place in June, with spectators cheering on the runners in a jubilant atmosphere. Learn more about the city's oral traditions and legends on Folklore Day, celebrating stories that have been passed down for generations.
Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian cuisine uses fresh, flavourful ingredients and draws from a range of culinary influences. The most famous dish in Rio de Janeiro is the feijoada, which is a Portuguese-inspired stew of black beans, sausage, and colourful side dishes such as collard greens and rice. Try fresh squeezed juice from tropical fruits including Brazil's own acai and guarana, both rich with antioxidants. ¶ Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro are everywhere. Particularly popular are the rodizio, or all-you-can-eat buffets. Many of these include an abundance of grilled meats. You'll find excellent seafood restaurants near Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, often with ocean views.