Sites to see in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In May, I spent a month in Brazil and every time I attempt to describe my two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, I keep coming back to the words: a beautiful fairy tale.

I traveled to Rio for work but was adamant about making the most of my short, free time. I enjoyed myself so much that it felt very much like a dream. It was my version of a fairy tale – hiking a short, steep trail that led to a spectacular view overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean and beach-side lounging to the sound of giant waves clashing against the sandy shores – to name a few moments. I also witnessed some insanely breathtaking views; I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was such a relaxing experience living in the moment with little care about any troubles in the world. While I miss Rio dearly, I left with beautiful memories for which I’m beyond grateful. And because these moments were very special to me, I wanted to share them with you.

Pedra do Telégrafo

Parking can be scarce and it’s a steep trek to the start of the trail, but this short and moderately uphill hike is very much worth the views. There’s a popular photo opp with magical angle tricks making it appear as if you’re on the edge of a cliff. There may be a line of travelers waiting their turn for a photo. You’ve been warned.


Pão de Açúcar (also known as Sugarloaf Mountain)

For the best sunset views, take the cable car up to Urca Mountain and another to the top of Sugarloaf. This was by far my favorite view of Rio.


Cristo Redentor (also known as Christ the Redeemer)

An iconic tourist attraction, you can hike or train to the top for a different bird’s-eye view of the city.


Parque Lage

An architectural beauty, the Parque Lage is a home to an art school, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. It’s exterior and interior are both photo-worthy locations, but don’t forget to trek along the trails behind the building for a quick walk in nature and to spot some monkeys.


Copacabana Fort

For a very minimal fee, you can enter the military base for a walk with a view of Copacabana and Ipanema coast. While you’re there, drop by one of the small restaurants for a quick bite. If it’s not too cold, opt for outdoor seating to embrace the views. Keep walking and you’ll eventually run into a military bunker.


Arcos da Lapa (also known as Lapa Arches)

While the arches make a perfect photo backdrop, be cautious in this area. Lapa neighborhood isn’t quite known for its safety.


So if you somehow make your way to beautiful Brazil, be sure to check out these spots in Rio de Janeiro.

Sites to See in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

  • Pedra do Telégrafo
  • Pão de Açúcar
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Parque Lage
  • Copacabana Fort
  • Arcos da Lapa
  • Escadaria Selarón
  • Prainha Beach
  • Museu do Amanhã

Photos by Awktopian, Colin Young-Wolff, Pedro Pavanato, and Bruno Alvares

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post although my trip was paid for entirely by my company since it was primarily a work trip.

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  • Omegafilter
    September 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Such great views!

    • Jamaica King
      September 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      These photos don’t do it any justice!