5 Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro On Tuesday – Rio de Janeiro is waiting for us with great beaches, trilhas and tipical places that mesmerize us with their beauty and style. we give you here 5 tips for you to make the most of your day and enjoy your holidays to the top!
The Sugarloaf is a referential point in Rio. Pretty well known by its natural beauty, this morro offers an incredible view of the Guanabara Bay, the praia Vermelha and the Botafogo shore with its many colorful ships sailing around the bay. The Christ, of course, is always present in any viewpoint of the city, this time watching the mountain from the distance.
If we want to get to the peak, there are two ways to go there. One is by means of the bondinho, a cable car that takes us from the bottom to the top in a matter of minutes. We have to buy a ticket that will cost R$62 for adults, R$31 for children and students, and for underage kids (younger than 6 years old) and retirees is free. However, we do have a second choice for free. As any other morro, the Sugarloaf has its own trilha, which we can take any time we want and there are no extra costs. But don’t be afraid, this hike is an easy one, it will take us around 30 minutes to get to the top and everybody can make it.
We can not miss the sunset once in the summit, amazing vivid colors illustrating the sky in front of our eyes. The perfect way to end up a beautiful evening on an ideal spot in Rio. There is one more thing, after the sunset, we can ride the car cable for free. It is important to know that, because nobody is going to offer that opportunity when we get there, we need to know that in advance.
The story tells us that the Portuguese gave the Sugarloaf its name. During the 16th and 17th centuries, sugar crops were very popular in Brazil, so much so that they were exported to Europe. It was in the way the blocks of sugar were arranged in the ships that the Portuguese found it similar to the morro close to the harbor. That resemblance gave birth to the name we all know today.We can visit the Sugarloaf everyday from 8 am to 7 pm.
How to get there?
We can take the Metro up to Botafogo station and from there we can take a bus heading to Urca, or just a cab that will cost around R$10.
Joatinga is a small beautiful beach. Hidden in between two morros, we can only access there by entering the residential neighborhood Joa. The beach is just 300 meters long and whenever the sea level rises, it actually disappears, the waves cover it entirely.
Joatinga beach is located between the Sao Conrado and Barra de Tijuca ‘hoods. It is quite exclusive and really quiet. To get there we have to take a bus and walk down into a very chic community, with huge luxurious houses and fancy cars. To reach the actual beach we will have to go through a rocky path, with stairs in the beginning. But the effort of getting there is worth it. The view is amazing, and the beach is awesome.
It is pretty common to find surfers, since the beach is really desolated and the waves are ideal. Many people also practice bodyboard. It is not a beach to practice sports in the sand, there is not much space to do so, and the little we have is occupied by people sunbathing.
Sunsets are breathtaking. There is a big rock on the left of the beach where people sit just to appreciate the sun fading away in the sky. It is a pretty good spot to meditate, the rock is really hot from the sun, so we can feel its heat on your body while we are there.
From April to September the water is high, so we can not enjoy the beach in its fullest. During summer it becomes the best place to go, not so far away from the city and not so crowded as well. A day at Joatinga will stay carved in our memories, it will be a lovely evening!
How to get there?
We can take the Metro up to Siqueira Campos where we will find a bus stop outside that will lead us to our final destination. The bus we need to take is 557, and the bus driver will tell us when to get off.
3.Museo de Artes de Rio de Janeiro: M.A.R.
The Museum of Art of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most interesting places in the city. We can spend a fine evening in one of the cultural points of Porto Maravilha, a place dedicated to art and visual culture. It opened it doors on March 1st, 2013, celebrating the 448 anniversary of Rio. It has 8 exhibit rooms and it is located next to the Escola do Olhar, a place that develops art and visual cultural programs delivered by professors and educators.
The museum has a particular architecture. Its right wing belongs to an old building, from the beginning of the 20th century, which is the Dom João VI palace. In 2010 the government took over the building, starting a period of recovery in order to prepare it for exhibitions.
The left wing is a complete different building, modern and minimalistic. It is joined to the palace by means of the roof, that resembles sea waves. This is one of the most remarkable features in the constructions of the museum. Architects, carpenters, painters, artists and managers worked together to build up those complex places into a single unit.
To know more about the M.A.R schedule, we can check their website www.museodeartedorio.com The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The ticket is R$8, but on Tuesdays the entrance is free.
How to get there?
As the deep blue sea, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas plays also an important role in Rio de Janeiro. It is water, but another kind, sweet and still. It is an icon of the southern hoods and it holds a variety of wonderful sightseeing from anywhere we are.
The Lagoa has a 7km perimeter, and it is located in the heart of Zona Sul. Many different neighborhoods converge here. We will have access to Ipanema, Leblon, Gavea, Humaita, Copacabana, and Jardim Botanico. It is in Leblon where the Lagoa joins the sea by means of the Jardim de Alah canal.
Lagoa is a great place to work out. The perimeter is surrounded by a long ciclovia, which everybody uses to exercise. People run, cycle, and skate all day long. We can rent bycicles to ride around the Lagoa… it is pretty awesome! We can also take a ride on a paddle boat, they are nothing but fun, even more if we are with a gruop of friends. The view from inside the lake is worth the ride.There are also a basketball and a volleyball courts available for anybody willing to play. However, the king of the sports is rowing. We will see many different rowing clubs all around the lake and plenty of people practicing during the day.
However, if we are not in the training mood, we can spend our afternoon in one of the bars that lie on the shore and have a beer while watching the sunset, or just enjoy a moment with friends appreciating the astonishing view. The Christ, of course, up in the sky, looking at us from every point in the city.
How to get there?
If we are looking for a green space without leaving the city, the Jardim Botanico is the place to go. It is one of the top 10 botanic gardens in the world, this one in particular gather a great variey of trees and vegetation, the exotic flora from Brazil as well as other countries is to be found here. We wil have access to more than 6500 species along the 54 hectares of the garden. A feast to our senses!
The Jardim Botanico started to be recognized as such in 1808. The portuguese prince Joao VI, who governed the city, establiched the park with the intention of creating a favourable environment for the species that were coming from East India. In 1991, the UNESCO included it into the Biosphere Reserves group, due to its amazing work with endangered plants and the conservation of the entire flora.
Nowadays the Jardim Botanico counts with many monuments of great historical, artistic and archeological value, and has the largest library in Brazil specialized in botany. It holds more than 32,000 volumes and it has become the biggest herbarium in the country, with more than 6550 thousand samples availables to the public.
Jardim Boanico opens its doors everyday. Mondays from 12pm to 5pm, and from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 5pm. Tickets cost R$7
How to get there?
We can take a bus towards Jardim Botanico. If we are downtown, we can take the 409, 410 buses. If we are in zona sul, we can get to general Osorio square and take any bus in direction to Gavea. All of them will drop us in the Jardim Botanico gate.