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Rio de Janeiro Attractions
Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema offers much the same as Copacabana but is less touristy and more for the locals, with separate family and gay sections. Soccer is also played with fervour here and the entire beach is backed by a bustling boardwalk with kiosks running its length and serving beverages and snacks.
Christ the Redeemer - The statue of Jesus Christ
The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.
Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro
Dive headfirst into the thick of Rio's heaving mass of bronzed humanity on one of the world's most famed beaches, Copacabana. The activity and noise is endless; join in a game of futev'lei (volleyball using heads and feet) with the locals or simply swim and bathe in the sun. If you're not content with the often-polluted waters on Copacabana, the Avenida Atlantica backing the beach is known for its upscale hotels and numerous trendy cafes. If you're here over the weekend, the main road traffic is shut-off and everything is pedestrianised.
Pao de Acucar in Rio de Janeiro
Commonly known as the Sugar Loaf, Pao de Acucar offers views which are on par with Corcovado. Although only a little over half the height of Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf is certainly lofty enough for you to grasp the beauty of the city with one sweep and is even more amazing at sunset. You can reach its peak by cable car or if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous, by climbing.
Shopping in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil offers a huge variety of shops in all categories, including the many exquisite fashionable boutiques as well as popular street fairs and modern, glitzy shopping malls. Leather and suede is in abundance and can be bought at a good price, while all types of clothing, art, coffee, and music CDs are also a good buy. Brazil is also renowned for its jewellery, especially gold and gemstones.
Popular shopping areas in Rio are Ipanema, famed for its upper-class arcades and boutiques and the tourist and souvenir shops along Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana in Copacabana.
The best area for jewellery is just outside Rio in the Minas Gerais province although there are many outlets in Rio itself, where high-quality jewellers' shops are properly certified, especially along Avenida Atlantica.
Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro
Taking the train is definitely the best option for seeing the 125 foot Christ the Redeemer statue atop the 2,330 foot granite Corcovado Mountain. The attraction lies in the Tijuca Forest National Park and it is accessible by narrow road or the electric train, known as the Corcovado Rack Railway. Trains leave every 30 minutes and take about 20 minutes to reach the foot of Christ, although queues are often very long at any time of year. To get to the viewing platform, you will have to climb a large flight of steps or, better still, take the escalator. The views of Rio, its beaches and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking and make all the waiting worthwhile. BEFORE YOU GO: Travel Photography Gear
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