Rio de Janeiro - guide
Surely Mount Corcovado is Rio’s main attraction. With 710 m (2,329 ft)
above see level, this mountain supports the statue of Christ the Redeemer,
one of the best known monuments all over the world. The 38 meter (125 ft)
high statue weighs 1,145 tons (1,262 net tons), and was inaugurated in
1931. To reach the main terrace, you have to climb 222 steep stairs, or
use an escalator or panoramic elevator. To ascend Mount Corcovado, a train
on one of the oldest Brazilian railways, inaugurated by Emperor Peter II
in 1884, may be used. Departure at Rua Cosme Velho 513, Cosme Velho - tel.
2558-1329 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf):
The Sugar Loaf is another worldwide known post card motive. You can reach
its peak (396 m – 1,
300 ft) using a glazed cable car, which reaches it
in two steps. The fist one ascends Urca Hill (220 m – 656 ft), and the
second one ascends to the top of the Sugar Loaf. The whole track of 1,330
m (4,360 ft) demands 6 minutes. From its peak, you can enjoy the best view
of the Guanabara Bay, the center of the city, and also de city of Niterói.
Av. Pasteur 520, Urca - tel. 2541-3737 (8h-22h) --- At the top of Urca
Hill, you can get a panoramic flight by helicopter. More information
through telephone 2542-7895.
Known as the Little Sea Princess, Copacabana is a summary of the city of
Rio de Janeiro. During summertime, and mainly at weekends, the number of
visitors increases substantially. A visit to the Copacabana Fort at Posto
6 pays its way – some historical events of Brazil took place there, and
it hosts the Historic Museum of the Army.
Mário Filho Stadium, better known as Maracanã, was build for World Cup
1950, and is the worldwide largest soccer temple. Brazil lost that cup,
but gained a worthy stage for any game or show. It also hosts the Museum
of Sports, with treasures like the shirt #10 of the Brazilian picked team,
which belonged to Pelé. You should look for the game program in order to
watch a soccer game. A number of providers supply admission-tickets and
shuttle services to the stadium, as well as game escorting. You may get
information at your hotel reception desk. Rua Professor Henrique Rabelo,
A summary of the main museums
National Fine Arts Museum (MNBA): MNBA
hosts Rio’s most important exhibitions, and is located in a building the
Fine Arts Academy has been using since 1908. Its collection comprising 14
thousand items has been exhibited rotationally, showing works of all
Brazilian painting phases. There are pictures of Cândido Portinari, Di
Cavalcanti, Tarsila do Amaral, Lasar Segall, and others. Among foreign
artists, there are works of Debret, Boudin, Picasso, and Rodin. Av. Rio
Branco 199, Downtown.
National Historic Museum:
Its 300 thousand pieces are very interesting, and tell the history of
Brazil from its discovery on through the proclamation of the Republic. A
special feature is the colelction of ivory models that belonged to the
imperial family. Praça Marechal Âncora, Downtown.
Museum of the Republic: The
Catete Palace hosted the office of the President of the Republic from 1897
to 1960, when it became a museum. Its collection tells the history of the
Republic, especially highlighting former President Getúlio Vargas, who
committed suicide there. Rua do Catete 153, Catete.
do Céu (Heavenly
Farmstead) Museum: Located at Santa Tereza neighborhood, it
possesses a collection of about 8 thousand items, including pictures,
etchings, drawings, and sculptures, especially with works of Matisse,
Modigliani, Monet, Dali, Picasso, Di Cavalcanti, and Portinari. Rua
Murtinho Nobre 93, Santa Teresa.
Art Museum (MAM):
Opened in 1958, its architectural design stems from Affonso Eduardo Reidy,
and the landscape design from Burle Marx. MAM offers outstanding art
exhibitions, showing especially works of Brazilian artists. Av. Infante D.
Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo, Downtown.
da Boa Vista:
The Imperial Palace of Quinta da Boa Vista was the residence chosen by the
Emperors of Brazil. Today it is a national museum, and includes a zoo. It
has a steady collection of 10,000 items, distributed through 3,800 m². It
includes the fossile of a giant sloth, Egyptian pieces, Oriental
tableware, and objects of the Emperors of Brazil. At Quinta da Boa Vista.
Its main feature is the building itself, a project of Oscar Niemeyer.
Together with a collection of 600 works of concretist artists, it also
offers a peerless view to Rio de Janeiro. Boa Viagem Gazebo, Boa Viagem,
Museum of the Army:
The beautiful fort is located at Copacabana Beach (close to Ipanema). The
museum shows artillery and infantry pieces of various ages. There is also
a photographic and bibliographic collection. A special feature is the
stunning view on Copacabana.
Theater): Following the concept of the opera-house of Paris, the Opera
Theater was inaugurated in 1909, and has been presenting the country’s major
shows. The architecture of the theater, with its marble arcades and colored
windows imported from Europe is quite impressive. Another special feature is its
drop curtain painted by the Italian artist Eliseu Visconti, which depict famous
people like Rembrandt, Wagner, and Carlos Gomes. Look for its program schedule,
and enjoy the show. Praça Floriano, Downtown.
Confectionery): Opened in 1894, Colombo Confectionery was a meeting point
of Rio’s high society on early 20th century. Its old timed decoration and its
tea service are still a great attraction. Rua Gonçalves Dias 32/36, Downtown.
Confeitaria Colombo has a branch at Copacabana Fort, which does not display the
traditional decoration, but offers an excellent tea and delicatessen service.
de São Bento (Monastery
of St. Benedict); The São Bento Monastery was built by the Benedictine
monks (1617-1669), and is a mark of Brazilian baroque. Its interior decoration
is rich and magnificent. A special feature is the grid made of rosewood by Frei
Domingos da Conceição between 1698 and 1706, as well as the panels of the main
chapel, painted between 1663 and 1700. At Sundays, a famous Gregorian chant
accompanied mess performed by the Benedictine monks takes place. To attend it,
arriving 30 minutes in advance is recommended. Rua D. Gerardo 68, Downtown.
N.S. da Candelária Church, Glória Church, Contemporary Art Museum,
Metropolitan Cathedral, and Imperial Palace.
of Rio de Janeiro that should be visited
to Copacabana Beach, we recommend a visit to the traditional Ipanema Beach, and
the exquisite Barra da Tijuca Beach. In Ipanema, the best part is that between
the rescue stations 10 and 9. Station 9 has been the meeting point of an
alternative and hippie audience. The several miles long Barra Beach offers a
number of very nice places. The point en vogue is that close to Barraca do Pepe,
a meeting point of sports liking and beautiful people.