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Corcovado is the name of the mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue is located. With arms wide open on the mountain top, the statue is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can reach the statute through the centenary Corcovado railroad, the country’s oldest tour.
On the mountain, the visitor has the opportunity to take a tour to Brazil’s history. The train was inaugurated in 1884 by Emperor D. Pedro II and had among its passengers many personalities like popes, kings, princes, presidents, artists and scientists. The train crosses the largest urban forest of the planet, Parque Nacional da Tijuca, allowing visitors to also benefit from a beautiful ecological tour. From the top, people enjoy a breathtaking view of Rio.
On the way from Copacabana to Santos Dumont Airport, a beautiful green park follows the four-lane expressway along the Guanabara Bay. A popular name for the Parque do Flamengo, the complex stands out for its natural beauty combined with urban elements such as the Modern Art Museum, Marina da Glória, and the Estácio de Sá Monument, among others.
The Aterro do Flamengo is Rio de Janeiro’s largest leisure area, with a strong sport tradition. On Sundays, the expressway is closed for the practice of sport, offering a large outdoor area to the carioca population. During Rio 2016™ Games, the location will stage the marathon (women’s and men’s), race walking and road cycling competitions.
With a 65-passenger maximum capacity, the Pão de Açúcar Ferry Cable travels 1,400 meters from the base of the Babilônia hill to the Urca hill. The second stop is on the Sugarloaf Mountain, where passengers can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city.
From the top, visitors can see the city of Niterói, connected to Rio by the Rio-Niterói bridge, which is about 14-kilometer long, crossing the Guanabara Bay. An astonishing view of Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Flamengo beaches also surprise Pão de Açúcar visitors!
In addition to climbing the mountain with the ferry cable, there is Praia Vermelha and Claudio Coutinho track, which offer an inspiring walk. Surrounding the Urca Hill, Claudio Coutinho track follows Praia Vermelha ocean line, and is surrounded by exuberant flora and fauna. Capuchin monkeys are often seen walking next to visitors!
Located at Alto da Boa Vista, Floresta da Tijuca is part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. With 3,972 hectares of preserved forest within the city, the Floresta da Tijuca encompasses Paineiras, Parque Lage and Pedra da Gávea areas.
This tropical forest has beautiful trees from the whole world, streams, waterfalls, mountain land and peaks. There are walking trails and paragliding jumping sites. A perfect site for a family picnic listening to the sound of birds and watching iguanas and capuchin monkeys.
Located in a lot that is equivalent to ten football fields, the Cidade do Samba takes up fourteen improvised ateliers, a central square with two big covered open spaces – one for shows and a second one for exhibitions – four cafeterias and 186 parking spaces. The place was built to allow the fourteen Samba Schools to create costumes for the Carnival Parade at Sapucaí Avenue.
The Cidade do Samba opens daily for tourists (except Tuesdays) and, through guided visits, visitors get familiar with the elaboration of costumes and their operation, as well as floats and instruments. Visitors get involved by the contagious joy of Brazilian Carnival in a samba-inspired place!
Created in the XIX Century, the tram carries people from the city’s downtown area to the highest point of Santa Teresa. Almost immediately after leaving the terminal, the tram crosses the Arcos da Lapa, an old aqueduct built in 1745 in downtown Rio. Next, climbing the hill where Santa Teresa neighbourhood is located, visitors walk through narrow streets, houses, mansions, small shops and restaurants.
The Santa Teresa tram is the only tram system in South America’s metropolitan region. The tram is a fun way to visit Santa Teresa neighbourhood, home of artists and intellectuals during the 60s and 70s. A nice place for eating and enjoying a great view.