Discover Rio – the new sporting capital of the world
Christ the Redeemer
Perched atop the 700 metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, looking over the sprawling contrast of city, forest and sea below, the Redeemer is the largest Art Deco statue in the world. Although it can be seen from all points of the city, it’s well worth a trip up the mountain for a closer look – the best way is by tram or taxi, about a 30 or 40 minute trip. If you’re feeling especially active, you can also walk, or for a truly special vantage point, take a scenic helicopter flight. In 2007, the Christ the Redeemer statue was named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
The distinctive Sugarloaf Mountain rises up from Guanabara Bay, as is so named for its apparent resemblance to a concentrated loaf of sugar. The journey to the 396 metre-high summit is just as good as the view itself – with two separate cable car trips offering panoramic, 360 degree views of the city and harbour below.
Get in the spirit of the World Cup a little early and catch a soccer match at the Maracana Stadium. With a capacity of more than 82,000, it’s one of the largest in the world, and the atmosphere is always electric. Take the opportunity to watch Flamengo, the biggest team in Brazil in action, and take a look behind the scenes with a guided tour.
Rio is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful and vibrant beaches, including the most famous of them all, Copacabana. Home to a dazzling array of nightclubs, restaurants and bars, there is always excitement to be had. Copacabana is a non-stop party, and plays host to many huge rock concerts through the year – you may be lucky enough to see your favourite band in a truly special setting.
If you’re visiting Rio just before Easter, the annual Rio Carnival is a spectacular parade of dizzying and dazzling colourful costumes, salsa, samba, music and so much more. It’s the world’s biggest street party, and everyone is invited, with more than two million people lining the street’s on each of the carnival’s four days. The centre of the action is found in the Sambadrome, where more than 200 of the city’s samba schools compete and try to out-do one another with ever-more elaborate and impressive floats, feathers and of course, fantastic dance moves.
There is all of this and so much more to discover when you go, go to Rio – an essential part of any South American adventure. To find out more, or to get in early and book your World Cup or Olympic travel, speak to your personal travel manager. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/