Rio de Janeiro Highlights
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most exciting and friendly cities in the world. Any time of year, you’ll find something to do in Rio, from attending the world’s biggest party on New Year’s Eve, to catching a Brazilian soccer match, or witnessing the lighting of the largest floating Christmas tree in the world on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Some of the more popular Rio de Janeiro highlights are as follows:
Christmas and New Years Eve in Rio
Starting in late November and continuing through the first week in January, you can witness the world’s tallest floating Christmas tree in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. At various times throughout the holiday season, visitors are treated to fireworks, as well as music and light shows, celebrating the Christmas season unlike any other place on earth.
Copacabana Beach by day in Rio de Janeiro is another highlight not to be missed. This is where you’ll find the world-famous beautiful people of Rio. It is also the site of the most spectacular party in the world on New Year’s Eve, known as Reveillon. You’ll share the beach with millions of people, there to hear incredible concerts from rock to samba, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.
Carnaval in Rio
No mention of Rio de Janeiro highlights would be complete without including Carnaval, the most incredible display of costumes, floats, beautiful people and samba in the world. During Carnaval week in Rio, the city turns into party central and everywhere you go, you’ll see people singing and dancing in the streets.
Top Tourist Spots in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is home to two of the world’s most recognized tourist spots, Corcovado hill, home to Christ the Redeemer statue; and Sugarloaf Mountain, which juts out from Guanabara Bay. A cable car ride connecting Sugarloaf to a smaller hill affords you an opportunity to see Rio from the best angle in the city.
Shopping in Rio
Shopping is definitely one of the more enjoyable highlights of a visit to Rio de Janeiro. From street vendors to small specialty shops and large modern malls, you will find that Rio de Janeiro offers a unique shopping experience for any taste.
The best highlight of Rio de Janeiro is the people. Their warm and friendly attitude permeates everything you do in Rio. Year round, this is a perfect city to let your hair down and enjoy the laid back, casual scene that is Rio de Janeiro.
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