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Christ the Redeemer

Standing on the top of Corcovado Mountain and looking out over the city with outstretched arms, the statue of Jesus was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Its left arm points to the northern areas of Rio de Janeiro, while its right arm points to the south. If you venture up through the Tijuca Rain Forest to the top of the mountain for a closer look you will be rewarded by fabulous views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema, the Maracanã Stadium and the Serra do Órgãos mountain range.
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Sugar Loaf

The small, pert granite mountain known as Sugarloaf rises from the ground in an egg-like fashion and is the iconic symbol of the Rio de Janeiro skyline. A visit to experience the top with its 360-degree view of the city is an absolute must. There is a two-stage cable car called Corcovado Train that runs up the mountain and makes the ascent and descent effortless.
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Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Held seven weeks before Easter, the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval (Carnival) is a five-day extravaganza of colour and music. If your visit coincides with the festivities be sure to take part. Everyone dances in the street, including many with fabulously coloured costumes and feathered headdresses. All move to the sounds of the samba that is constant throughout the five days. See the parades and demonstrations and listen to live bands too. The Tourist Office always has a programme of events.
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The Beaches of Rio de Janeiro

The city is famous for its fabulous beaches. Copacabana is perhaps Rio de Janeiro’s best known beach because it hosts Rio de Janeiro’s New Year celebrations that are seen from all around the world. Other beaches close to the centre of the city include Ipanema and Leblon where there are restaurants galore and the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Prainha and Grumari that are all great for surfing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Nearby Búzios, a former fishing village, has many beaches where surfing, volley ball, scuba diving and windsurfing are popular, such as the beaches of Geribá, Enseada de Manguinhos, Armação, Praia dos Ossos, Azeda and Ferradura. Along the coast you find Arraial do Cabo known for its fabulous diving. The water off the beaches of Dos Anjos, where one of the first settlements was established in the 1500’s, is crystal clear and the rock formations teem with tropical fish. If you sit on the shoreline you can look out over the Massambaba spit and the Araruama Lake. More outstanding beaches can be found around the Angra dos Reis bay. The area is famous for its forest areas known as the Atlantic Forest. Here you can take nature trails through the undergrowth. It also has more than 360 islands including the beautiful Gipóia Island where Piedade and Jurubaíba beaches can be found and the IIha Grande, the largest islands, that has the beautiful Lopes Mendes and Cachadaço beaches.
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The Marine State Park of Aventureiro

Along with the State Park of Ilha Grande and the Biological Reservation of South Beach, the Marine State Park of Aventureiro is among the most important environmental initiatives in Brazil. They are located on the IIha Grande, Rio de Janeiro’s largest island, in the Angra Dos Reis Bay. They offer nearly 200 square kilometres of natural forest and waterways, beaches, nature trails for those who love to trek and clear waters for water sport enthusiasts, particularly surfers, divers and sailors.
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The shanty towns in Brazil are called favelas. The favelas are old places along the hillsides where former slaves used to live. Today the favelas have become popular tourist destinations and the most famous favela in Rio de Janerio is called Rocinha. There are many different guided tours to the favelas and they will show you a whole different side of Rio de Janeiro.
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Teatro Municipal

If you pay a visit to Teatro Municipal you will find yourself in an extravagant theatre with cosy lights and exclusive interiors. This a good place to take the opportunity to attend a performance and show. If you are not visiting for a performance or show, the guided tours are highly recommended by its visitors.
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Samba Schools

When visiting the country of Samba, why not put your dancing shoes on and try a few moves yourself? The samba schools are especially popular during Sambadrome and the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Samba School have different costumes depending on the school. Watch the samba schools in the carnival or buy a costume and join a Samba School yourself. One of the most famous samba schools are Mangueira.
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Mirante Dona Marta

From this popular lookout you will see Rio de Janeiro from a whole new perspective. The scenery is beautiful and you can look over Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado. If you are going to Corcovado this place is convenient to visit at the same time.
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Hang Gliding over Rio de Janeiro

If you are feeling brave and are looking for one of the most thrilling experiences and amazing views of Rio de Janeiro you should try Hang Gliding. There are different companies offering Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro and one of them is Easy Fly Rio. Easy Fly Rio takes off from Pedra Bonita and flies over numerous attractions and sights.
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