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As you know, Rio de Janeiro is imposing. It is so big. When people first arrive they often don't know where to start. But we'll try to help you make the most of the Marvellous City.
It can be divided into nine large areas:
1. Copacabana. All we can say is that the Princesinha do Mar is unmissable.
2. Ipanema, Leblon. It is teeming with tourists both by day and by night. Ipanema beach is the most beautiful in the south, which continues west to Leblon, one of the most refined neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro. At the east end of the beach is Arpoador, one of the best places to enjoy the sunset. Behind the beaches is the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, with its varied cuisine and sports activities. On the western edge you'll find the amazing botanical garden.
3. Barra da Tijuca. It's like carioca Miami. Luxurious buildings, shopping centres and 18 km of beaches make it one of the quietest areas of Rio.
4. Botafogo and Flamengo. Some beautiful beaches, nowadays less desirable. Catete Palace and the picturesque neighbourhood of Glória. With beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain; in fact this is the area to access it.
5. The centre. Here you'll find what little remains of Rio's imperial past. The neighbourhood of Lapa is known as the carioca Montmartre and boasts lively nightlife. Santa Teresa is perhaps the most picturesque neighbourhood of Rio. This area features the Cathedral, the Arcos de Lapa, the Escadaria of Selarón and many other attractions.
6. The port area. This area doesn't hold much appeal for visitors. It's just the way to the Rio-Niteroi bridge, which leads to Búzios.
7. The northern area. Futevol and samba. The Maracana stadium and the Salgueiro and Mangueira samba schools are among the few sites worth visiting. The Quinta de Boa Vista, where you'll find the National Museum and the zoo, is also worth visiting.
8. Christ the Redeemer, just unmissable. In addition to being an iconic landmark, it's also a good way to get your bearings in Rio, which has a somewhat peculiar geography. It has the best views of the whole city. You'll also be able to observe a sea of inequalities. Across the city, wealth and misery coexist with nature. The favelas, located in the hills, blend with affluent areas. For example, the luxurious neighbourhood of Leblon sits alongside Vidigal, one of the most troubled areas.
9. The Pão de Açúcar is another must-see that'll provide you with some amazing photos of Rio, especially at sunset.
Bonde - Bondinho (64)
Favelas - The Heart of Rio (38)
Imposing Rio - The Weather (4)
The Carnival of Rio De Janeiro (70)
Arcos De Lapa - Lapa Arches (63)
Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car (Bondinho del Pao de Açucar) (33)
Arpoador Stone (17)
Copacabana Beach (6)
Ipanema Beach (13)
Metropolitan Cathedral (66)
Santa Teresa (67)
Tijuca National Park (36)
Calçadão De Copacabana (9)
Corcovado Rack Railway (35)
La Garota De Ipanema - The Girl From Ipanema (14)
Municipal Theatre (52)
Selarón Staircase (65)
Belmond - Copacabana Palace Hotel (8)
Christ of Corcovado - Trivia (84)
City of Samba (74)
Fort Copacabana (10)
Mercado São José Das Artes (31)
Olympic Park (81)
Praça General Osorio (16)
Río-Niterói Bridge (80)
Tiradentes Palace (50)
Botafogo and Flamengo (24)
Christ of Corcovado - Views (85)
Confeitaria Colombo (45)
Igreja Nossa Senhora Do Outeiro (42)
Largo Do Boticario (40)
Monastery of San Benito (47)
Palacio Do Catete - Museu Da Republica (41)
Praça XV (48)
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (21)
Botanical Garden (23)
Church of the Candelaria (57)
Convent of San Antonio (46)
Ilha Fiscal - Fiscal Island (58)
Monument to the Dead (60)
Palacio Laranjeiras (29)
Real Gabinete Portugués De Leitura (44)
São Cristovão Fair (75)
Bank of Brazil Cultural Centre (56)
Museu Internacional De Arte Naïf (30)
National Museum of Fine Arts (53)
Villa-Lobos Museum (26)
Chacra Do Ceu Museum (68)
National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture (61)
The Eva Klabin Museum (22)