• 10 Tourist Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

    CopacabanaFrom the soaring rain forest covered mountains, to globally recognised architectural structures and sandy white beaches, it is no surprise that Rio de Janeiro’s alluring beauty has led to the city been known as cicade maravihosa, the ‘marvellous city.’ Along with breathe taking landscape, the vibrant carnivals, samba queens and cuisine with music to match has kept millions of tourists flocking to Rio de Janeiro. This year with the added gift from the gods, that is the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Brazil and Rio will be more special and alive than ever before. With so much to see and do we have taken the time to compile a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that all visitors will want to see.

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  • Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

    Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain, Rio de JaneiroCorcovado Mountain is located in central Rio de Janeiro. It is also known as “Hunch Back” in Portuguese language. Because of its shape it is also named hunch back. The Statue of Redeemer is situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain.

    Height: 710m / 2329 feet
    Geology (type): Granite
    Translation: Hunchback
    Nearest lake: Lagoa Rodrigode Freitas
    Nearest beaches: Ipanema and Copacabana

    Why tourists like Corcovado?

    1. Corcovado Mountain is one of the most widely recognized landmarks in Rio de Janeiro.
    2. Corcovado has its own dedicated song. The English version of this song titled by “Quiet nights of quiet stars”. It was written by Brazilian famous musicians and composer named Antonio Carlos Jobim.  (more…)
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro

    Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de JaneiroIt is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is approximately 40 meters tall and stands upon the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. It was chosen for its biblical presence over the city. It is a symbol of Christianity in Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil. It is the Christ the Redeemer statue.

    The idea for the statue actually goes back to the mid 1850’s. Princess Isabel however did not wish to give funding for the project. Finally the church received enough donations after a petition in 1921 to begin construction with a little help from the Vatican in Rome.

    Carlos Oswaldo was the first to come up with rough sketches of the statue. Although many designs were presented, they finally decided on the Christ the redeemer with open arms. A local named Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue. Paul Lndowski, a French sculptor, was commissioned to actually create the statue. After careful review, it was decided that the statue should be constructed of reinforced concrete instead of steel to make it stronger. After nine years of construction the statue was finally unveiled on December 11, 1931. Construction in total ended up costing about 250.000$ US which in today’s terms would be the equivalent of just over $3 million. The left arm of the statue points to the north zone of Rio de Janeiro and the right arm of the statue points to the south zone of Rio de Janeiro.  (more…)

  • Sao Paulo – seventh largest city by population

    São Paolo - seventh largest city by populationIt has been seen and spoken of in many movies. It is also the largest city not only in Brazil but in all of South America. It is named in honor of Saint Paul. It is also home to several stock markets and some of the tallest buildings in Brazil and South America.

    History

    First settled in 1532, Sao Paulo was the first permanent Portuguese colony in the new world. In 1554, many missionaries arrived to spread Christianity to the colony and it remains a religious center today with 75% of the city being Catholic. It officially became a city in 1711. In 1888 the city saw a large number of Spanish, Portuguese, and European immigrants in the city as a response to abolition. There is also a large Italian population still present in the city today. Between 1920 and 1940 the city saw incredible economic growth, population growth and building and construction were a constant.  (more…)

  • Enjoy a Luxurious VIP Trip to the 2014 World Cup Soccer Event in Brazil

    Enjoy a Luxurious VIP Trip to the 2014 World Cup Soccer Event in BrazilWith the 2014 World Cup more than 20 months away and massive interest for the international event, Roadtrips has already vetted and secured the best travel arrangements for its guests:

    Premium hotel accommodations at the Copacabana Palace, Brazil’s most iconic property. The luxury sports travel specialist now unveils the ultimate getaway to the soccer competition, a unique 11-day experience that combines VIP access to the semifinals and final, first-class lodging, high-end transportation solutions, private tours of the city, and memorable explorations of the Amazon.

    The new package, part of Roadtrips’ Luxe Collection, includes the following exclusive components:  (more…)

  • Discover Guided Tours of Brazil

    Sugar Loaf at Rio de Janeiro - BrazilDuring the vacations of a lot of people, they don’t ever think about to travel to South America. However, you can find many guided tours to visit the countries of South America, which may provide you with an adventure of a lifetime and will definitely allow you to see new places. In South America, the guided tour of Brazil may be the one of the best and adventurous tour for you.

    In Brazil a lot of guided tours start from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s greatest city. After obtaining a residence, your tour guide may start your tour with a spectacular two-stage cable car tour of the Mountain of Sugar Loaf. Towards the top of the particular hill, you’ll take mountaintop photos of Rio de Janeiro city, wonderful Guanabara Bay and the beautiful Beach of Copacabana.

    Whilst your stay in Rio, many led trips are going to take you to see the particular places with the metropolis, which include a visit of world’s factory and store of Gemstone and Jewelry known as L. Stern Gemstone Factory. You can even visit the Mountain called Corcovado, climbing the particular mountain using a cog railway. At the pinnacle, the site with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, sitting at a height of 2,300 ft above the town. From here you will have a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city of Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings.

    While in Rio de Janeiro, many carefully well taken trips can familiarize you with traditional Brazilian delicacies, shopping locations, music spots and locations for further searching along with sightseeing all yourself.  (more…)