Rio de Janeiro is a city in Brazil, South America. Rio De Janeiro offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
- Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
- Sugarloaf mountain
- Rio Harbor (natural wonder of the world)
- Maracanã stadium
- Rio Centro
- Selaron Steps (Escadaria Selarón)
- Carioca Aqueduct in Lapa
Rio is home to one of the natural wonders of the world, Rio Harbor. The picture above is taken from the Christ the Redeemer statue which gives you a view of Rio Harbor and Sugarloaf mountain. This is one of the most famous sights in the world and a must see on your visit to Rio. To visit the Christ Redeemer you can buy a Metrô na Superfície metro ticket to metro station Largo do Machado, from there take a bus (included in ticket price) to the Christ Redeemer train station and take the train to the top. It’s possible to hike up or take a minivan if the wait for the train is a long time.
I found the view to be more interesting than the Christ Redeemer statue itself. I found that the Christ Redeemer statue looks better from a distance.
If I was to take a helicopter tour anywhere in the world Rio would be a contender for number one spot. You have city, jungle, mountains, ocean, beaches, a natural wonder of the world, even Jesus Christ, all in one short trip. If you do consider to take a helicopter ride over Rio, there is a tour company which offers rides taking off from the top of Sugarloaf mountain.
Downtown Rio, also known as Centro has a bad reputation but I felt safe whilst walking around taking photos of the colonial Portuguese buildings. Having said it is safe I would avoid visiting quiet areas or visiting on a Sunday when all of Centro is quiet.
There are a few museums in Centro, the most famous being CCBB but who comes to Rio to visit museums? I stayed in Centro on the weekend and decided to give Rio Scenarium disco a visit. The bad news is there is a long line waiting to get in on a weekend, the good news is that people sell you cheap drinks in the street whilst you wait. As a solo male, I had a great night in Rio Scenarium and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good night out as an individual or as part of a group. The rule in Brazil is that you must drink Caipirinhas!
A neighborhood right next to Centro is Lapa which is famous for it’s arches (Carioca Aqueduct). In Lapa you’ll also find the famous Selaron Steps (Escadaria Selarón). You’ve probably seen a picture of these steps on Instagram, they’re colorful steps with yellow tiles, good luck getting a photo without another tourist in the background! Lapa is also famous for it’s nightlife, especially on weekends.
Overnight bus from Rio to Salvador, 30 hours, 292 Reais
I took an Aguia Branca overnight bus from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, it was advertised as a 24 hour journey but took 30 hours. it was a comfortable bus though and it arrived safely. The police stopped the bus once on route and checked the passengers hand baggage and identifications so have your ID with you, not under the bus.