The Best Travel Guide to Rio de Janeiro
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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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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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