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Best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Monument / Landmark
“The iconic statue that everyone will recognise Rio de Janeiro instantly. Cristo Redentor as know to the locals, stands on Corcovada over looking Rio de Janeiro. Definately worth a day trip!”
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Mountain
“One of the most beautiful attractions in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most famous in Brazil. Our mission is to take people to an enchantment, fun and entertainment journey – providing happy and unforgettable experiences as well as valuing Brazilian culture. We constantly invest in safety, comfort and innovative technologies.”
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Science Museum
“This is a wonderful place and the architecture is beautiful. There are many expositions and the landscape is incredible. Use subway until Cinelândia Station and VLT train until museum.”
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Shoe Repair
“Shopping mall - 3 blocks from home and down the pedestrian tunnel, official Havaianas shop, bikinis stores (Bum Bum, Salinas, etc.), among others.”
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Park
“Parque Lage was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriella Besanzoni. During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté. In the 1960s the land became a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest. The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Visual Arts School of Parque Lage) and a café open to the public operate from the former mansion. ”
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Military Base
“Visit the Fort for incredible views as well as a history lesson on Rio. There are two restaurants, including an outpost of Confeitaria Colombo, inside the Fort Grounds.”
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Natural Feature
“One block from the appartment, Lagoa is a lagoon that is leisure centre activities, where locals go out, exercise, walk, run or bike.”
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Sublocality Level 1
“A hot spot for good restaurants and bars as well. Have lunch/ dinner at Puro or Jojo's and at night go up the road to the bars on rua Pacheco Leao. Or to have a typical Brazilian meal/ delicious meat, go to Rubayat, the restaurant where you look out over horse races at the inner city jockey club. In the same area you have the beautiful open-for-all art school Parque lage which is worth a visit, they have recently opened a good relaxed restaurant inside. ”
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Shopping Mall
“Cozy and very elegant mall were you can have great coffee free wifi, and great brands right at the Jardim de Alah METRO STATION.”
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Wine Shop
“One of the biggest shopping malls in South America. You'll find everything you need. ”
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Japanese Restaurant
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“The region has many bars and night clubs with music and happy people of all ages”
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Beach
“Arpoador is located in between Copacabana and Ipanema — making it one of the best beachside views in the city. Climb the rocks and prepare for some primetime surfer watching. ”
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Beach
“The 2.5 mile long beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most recognizable beaches in the world. Made famous by the nightclubs, casinos, and hotels in the 1950s - Copacabana Beach is lined from one end to the other with tourist class and luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.”
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Cultural Center
“It is ons of the biggest art centers in the world. It holds art exhibitions, theaters, historial exhibitions, music and other activities. The building located at the heart of the most conserved "old Rio" quarter is also astonishing.”
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Hotel
“A brazilian beach famous for the song Garota de Ipanema. It has some bars by the beach.”
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Theatre
“The most beautiful classic theater in Rio de Janeiro city, inspired in the Opera de Paris. Walking tours available (check on their website for days and hours). Watching a play is also an option, with good prices on the higher floors. ”
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