Facts About Rio De Janeiro – Serenading Paradise Part – I

South America | | July 7, 2009 at 11:00 am


ufmopr phImbibing the good times is what one grasps from the Cariocan spirit in Rio de Janeiro, state capital of Brazil, with its innate settings, jamboree times, samba, remarkable historic structures and a lot more best explored by metro, train , taxi, van or just treading the city by foot.

A feeling of utter humility precipitates at the sight of the mammoth all-embracing statue of Christ the Redeemer, the crowning glory of the Corcovado Mountain which is among the New Seven Wonders of the World. One can revel in the festivities at the colossal secure stand in Sambodromo or sink into the urban wilderness of the subsequently biggest urban wilderness of the Tijuca Forest or the White Stone Park.

The city chiefly comprises of the notable downtown, the sightseers hub-the South Zone aplomb with its pristine, famed beaches; the suburban North Zone and the Western Zone buzzing with the recent Barra da Tijuca.

christ the redeemer lgeThe Downtown is the fiscal cum historically significant core of the city. The colonial influence is sharply evident in its numerous churches like the magnificent Candelaria Church, the contemporary styled Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, Sao Bento Monastery and other prime structures like the Municipal Theatre, National Library and Passeio Publico – centuries old fine garden. Art aficionados can explore the numerous options like the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Historic Museum. Other museums of interest are The Amsterdam Sauer Museum of Precious Stones houses nearly 3000 valuable stones and minerals, the Museu de Fauna which has a fine display of the fauna in Brazil. The other popular hubs are the samba geared Lapa, Cinelandia, Carioca, Castello, Uruguaiana or take a ferry from Praca 15 which proffers slick views of the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, the world’s longest bridge on the course to Isle of Paqueta.

The affAPTOPIX Brazil New Yearluent party-hearty South Zone has a bevy of beaches to its credit like the bar centric south zone of Copacabana with its famed pyrotechnic shows at its rocking New Year parties, the Ipanema with its chilled ambience, the Barra de Tijuca- a 20 km stretch of pristine white sandy beach, the surfer havens of Prainha, the secluded gorgeous Joatinga Beach or the chic Leblon Beach with fancy views of Mirante do Leblon, Morro Dois Irmaos and many more. The Hotel Copacabana Palace is an enchanting 20’s European architecture hotel with a horde of celebs making a stopover. Bairro Peixoto is the art landmark district in central Copacabana. Lido lying between Copacabana Palace and Av. Princesa Isabel has a cluster of artistic magnum opus buildings, the Itahy being amongst the leading grandeur buildings. At the bend of Copacobana and Arpoador, lies the picture perfect Forte de Copacabana where one can take strolls up to the scenic Arpoador Park, Leblon and Ipanema. The Parque Enrique Lage located at the base of the mighty Corcovado mountain is a public park having the statuette of the famous Cristo Renentor.

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