Rio de janeiro is not just the most famous city of the country, but one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The incredible combination of sea and mountains created celebrated suburbs as Copacabana and Ipanema. Walking around without a particular place to go to, is already worth the trip. However, there is a lot to see and to do in this marvellous city.
What about enjoying a day relaxing at the beach, visit the famous, with a height of 400 meters, Pao de Açucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and Corcovado Mountain with the famous statue of Jesus Christ protecting the city. The views from both of these hills are breath-taking. With the modern metro you will be transported very quick to the historic city center with the impressive Teatro Municipal, the opera building. The old and renovated Convento de Santo Antônio offers beautiful Portuguese handycraft. Also in the city center you can find Museu de Belas Artes (beautiful art) with the best collection of Brazilian painters and the National Museum, the National Historic Museum and several other first-class museums. A nice trip is a ride with the old tram through the colonial district of Santa Teresa, a beautiful neighbourhood with cobbled streets, hills and old homes. You can even make a tour to the biggest stadium in the world, the famous Maracana stadium.
If you want to escape the busy city life you can visit the mountain retreat Petropolis or the botanical garden (Jardim Botânico), with more than 6000 different plant species. Besides that you can go hiking in the biggest urban forest of the world, in the National Park of Tijuca. Tijuca is all that is left of the tropical jungle that once surrounded the city. In 15 minutes you can go from the concrete jungle of Copacabana to the 33 square km tropical forest of this National ParkThe forest is exuberant green with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and high peaks. It is ome to different specias of birds and animals including iguanas and monkeys.