Top Sightseeing Spots to visit when you go for the Carnival in Rio
If you are planning to go for the Carnival in Rio, don’t forget these amazing sightseeing spots!
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Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer in terms of culture, history, breathtaking landscapes and art. Here are just a few of the must see spots of the city.
The Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer statue is probably the most iconic landmark of Rio de Janeiro and at 38 meters and 1145 tons is believed to be the second largest Art Deco statue in the world. It sits at the top of the Corcovado mountain which is in the middle of the Tijuca National Park. A ride up the mountain to the statue provides breathtaking views of the city and though one can catch a taxi, the slow cog train ride up is highly recommended, as one can really take in the view, bit by bit as the tram makes it leisurely way up. This is a must visit spot when you go to the Carnival in Rio.
The Carnival in Rio is an especially significant celebration for the numerous slum dwellers of the city. Many of the inhabitants are affiliated with a samba school and a victory at the parade is seen as a personal victory too. To understand how and why the Carnival in Rio means so much to these people, an understanding of their surroundings is necessary. The Rocinha Favela (slum) is home to over 150,000 dwellers and there are several organized tours which provide an insight into the other side of Rio Carnival.
There are several beaches in Rio, each having something different to offer, such as the beaches Copacabana – a 4km beach with different sections for artists, gays, young people etc., Joatinga – a secluded beach and Prainha – a surfer’s paradise.
What sightseeing will you do when you visit Brazil for the Carnival in Rio?