5 Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro On Wednesday – 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 Vista Chinesa is one of the Tijuca Nationa Park viewpoints. From there we are able to admire in full the Christ, the Sugaloaf, the Morro Dois Irmaos, part of the Guanabara Bay, and the Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas.
As we know it today, the Vista Chinesa dates from 1902. Actually, the oriental wall took about four years to build it up, from 1902 to 1906, and it was a tribute to the Chinese that brought the cha (tea) crops to the country in the beginning of the 19th century.
There’s a small Chinese construction on the summit made in concrete, a nice imitation of the bamboo houses in China. Many stools lay around and inside the little house so visitors can sit and appreciate the stunning view. If we take a closer look to the roof, we’ll acknowledge the detailed Chinese shaped dragon heads in each corner, and there’s also a central ventilation that brings light into the room.
The Vista Chinesa is also one of the best places to downhill, however it is not recommended for beginners, you have to be an experienced skater. The crooked road is really tricky and it gets rather fast as long as we go down.
How to get there?
There are no direct buses to the Vista Chinesa, but we have access from Rocinha, Tijuca, and the Jardim Botanico area.
Copacabana is an emblematic beach in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, it is one of the most popular beaches in the whole world. Tom Jobin, a famous brazilian singer, dedicated a song to the so called Princesinha do mar, expressing his unconditional love to his beloved praia.
Over the years, Copacabana has been venue of many important events, mostly sports (the Beach Football Championship, the Beach Volleyball Championship) but also music shows (The Rolling Stones, David Guetta). Last year, the beach hosted the FIFA FAN FEST during the Wolrd Cup, it gathered around 500 thousand people during the finals. It is one of the widest beaches in Rio. Every year Revellion is celebrated here. Millions of people meet by the shore to enjoy the amazing firework scenario that the government prepares to welcome the New Year!
In the very beginning, the beach was known as ‘Sacopenapã’, a tupi name meaning caminho de socos (soco is a kind of bird that used to live around the area, so the meaning will bethe socos’ path). However, during the 17th century, along with the opening of the Nossa Senhora de Copacabana monument, the beach changed its name. By the end of the 19th century, tunnels were built to connect the city and buses started to ride along. In that way, the beach began to get crowded since it became easier for locals to get there. It was around that time that the curvy design of the sidewalk was created out of Portuguese stones. Such wavy pattern simulates the sea waves, becoming a trade mark over the years, a recognizable feature of the beaches in Rio.
There are many quiosques along the shore, where we can get something to eat and drink. They are very comfy, and in the evenings there are musicians playing, so we can sit and enjoy a nice show while having a caipirinha in front of the ocean…a nice way to end up a beautiful day at the beach!
How to get there?
The best way is to take the Metro. There are 3 stations that get us to different areas in Copacabana: Cardeal Arcoverde (Posto 2), Siqueira Campos (between Posto 3 and 4), and Cantagalo (Posto 5).
If we are interested in outdoor activities, Rio de Janeiro is always motivating us to jog outside. By means of the Ciclovia, we are allowed to transport ourselves without taking the bus, the Metro, or just a cab. The only thing we need is willingness to run, skate, or cycle.
There are many ciclovias in Rio, but one in particular is really long. It travels from Aterro do Flamengo to Leblon, and it is one of the cariocas’ favourite. Some parts get faster than others, they are marked in red for us to notice them. They are usually slippery ’cause the road is really smooth, so we need to be very careful. Copacabana and Ipanema paths are also tricky. There are plenty of people exercising and too many people crossing the ciclovia, totally oblivious of what’s going on. Besides, there is another big problem, the floor gets so sandy that people (mainly skaters) tend to slide and fall. The Aterro area is brand new and in a very good condition, so it gets really fast and it is perfect to downhill. Every view that we get during our journey will blow our minds! It is actually a good exercise that will help us change our vibe and energy.
It is expected the new ciclovia to be finished by the year 2016, just before the Olympic Games. It’ll go from Leblon to Barra de Tijuca, bringing up a new extended path.
How to get there?
It all depends where you want to start. From Ipanema to Gloria (Aterro do Flamengo area) we can use the Metro, or we can just skate our way and have fun!
Pedra do Gavea is without a doubt a hike hard to forget. It produces a mixture of feelings; anxiety, fear, and tons of adrenalin running through your veins! A powerful combination of transcending our own limits, plus the many crazy stories that we hear before, plus the actual challenge that such a hike represents, is what makes this experience one of the best of our life.
Rising 840 meters over the sea, Pedra do Gavea is one of the biggest rocks in the world. It is located between Sao Corrado and Barra de Tijuca neighbourhoods, and it belongs tom the Tijuca National Park. The Gavea, as cariocas call it, is not an easy hike. It is one of the toughest in Rio. It can take us around 3 and 4 hours to reach the summit, though any fit person can make it. It is just a matter of determination. What plays an important part is your own mind, it can trick us while hiking. TIP: do not look down!
Like any monument, there are plenty of stories around Pedra do Gavea. One of them tells us that the Phoenicians carved in the stone their Emperor’s face, so if we look carefully we can actually see the Indian’s face. However, this is not the most extraordinary story, many people claim to have seen UFOs while others affirm to have had actual contacts with aliens. There is also a strong belief that on the top of the mountain opens a gate to other worlds and dimensions. Every now and then, during the full moon, some people spend the night camping on Pedra do Gavea just to experience the magic around the place… and to see what all the fuss is about!
In case we feel like spending the night, we need to make sure to go with a group of people. We will need to get the guards permission, ’cause staying overnight is not allowed.
As we appreciate in the second picture, the last portion of the hike is almost vertical. It is called ‘Charrasqueira’ and is the hardest part of the journey. Hiking equipment will be useful to simplify our way up.
How to get there?
We can take the Metro to General Osorio, and then we take a bus towards Rocinha. There we can grab a cab to Pedra da Gavea that will cost around R$10.
5.Flinstone Gym Arpoador.
This is a place for those who really enjoy exercising outdoors, especially for bodyweight workout. The gym is equipped with rudimentary machines and stools, built up in concrete. It is the carioca style of training: lifting weight in front of the ocean by the sound of waves crushing against the Arpoador rock. The energy of the place takes us to a different level.
The gym has everything we need for a complete workout. Mainly used by men, it is a place to share different ways of training and to exchange the various techniques to build up our body. People are actually willing to help others. Good to know in case we need a hand lifting weight.
Arpoador Gym is a nice free opportunity to get fit, in contact with nature, enjoying an amazing view and the ocean fresh air.
How to get there?
The Gym is located in Arpoador itself, so we have to walk all the way up to there. We’ll find it next to the Arpoador rock, and it’ll be easy to spot once we get there.