Rio de Janeiro was named one of the world’s five most cost-effective destinations for 2019. A survey conducted by British air travel website Skyscanner revealed, after analyzing flight and hotel offers, that in addition to being a great cultural experience, visiting the Americas next year could also be an excellent idea for those who want to save money. According to the study, the day rates in four-star hotels in Rio dropped by 20%. The website also bets on the drop in air tickets prices due to the creation of new direct flights from Europe to the city. We list five classic and unforgettable tours for those who arrive in the Marvelous City. Check out:
1 – CHRIST THE REDEEMER: With arms wide open over the Guanabara Bay, the Christ, the Redeemer blesses cariocas and visitors. Sitting atop the Corcovado mountain, the statue is one of the most sought-after sights. The world’s largest and most famous art deco sculpture, the Christ is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. To get to the monument, visitors take a pleasant 20-minute train ride across the Tijuca Forest. The view is stunning.
2 – COPACABANA BEACH: Visiting Copacabana and Ipanema is almost mandatory for those visiting Rio. When added to its neighbor, Leme, the beach, located at Av. Atlântica, and its promenade, famous for its Portuguese mosaic stones imitate sea waves, is more than four kilometers long. Along Av. Atlântica visitors will find bike racks, bike lane, kiosks, hotels, bars and restaurants, frequented both day and night. It also has two Military Forts, one at each end of the beach, with panoramic views and open for visitors.
3 – SUGARLOAF: Save an afternoon to visit the Sugarloaf. Going from Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), in Urca, South Region of the city, visitors first take a cable car heading towards the Urca Mountain and from there they take a second car that takes them to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain – 396 meters above sea level. The view from the top of both mountains is breathtaking, as visitors get to see the Botafogo Cove, Copacabana Beach and the Guanabara Bay entrance.
4 – MARACANÃ: Inaugurated in 1950, Maracanã has already hosted the finals of two World Cups, 1950 and 2014. It was the stage of the most important Brazilian derbies and of the thousandth goal of King Pelé, in 1969. He also hosted games the 2013 Confederations Cup, the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2007 Pan-American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. Completely renovated, it also has a walk of fame and a museum.
5 – TIJUCA FOREST: The National Tijuca Park, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the environmental conservation unit with the largest number of visitors in Brazil. Last year, 3.3 million people visited the park, including many foreign tourists. With access from the North, South and West zones, the Tijuca National Park shelters the world’s largest man-made urban forest, with 3,9000 hectares of Atlantic Forest.
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