Traveling to Rio de Janeiro is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and historically significant landmarks. For almost all tourist planning a visit to Rio, the first thing to come to mind is the Christ the Redeemer Statue.

Sugarloaf – Pao de Acucar

If you are looking for a great way to appreciate the beauty of Rio and a view of the entire region, then you will want to head to the Sugarloaf overlook. The easiest way to get to the top of the overlook is to hop aboard a cable car, which generally leaves every thirty minutes from 8 am to 9 pm in the evening. More adventurist travelers may opt for the hike up the mountain to the top of Sugarloaf.

MAM – The Museum of Modern Art

Some of the most amazing modern art creations from aroudnd the world, including numerous creations by some of South America’s leading artists are on dispaly in the Museum of Modern art. The MAM, as referred to by the locals also has a unique architectural appearance, that of a an airport hanger. The museum is a great place to take kids for a break indoors and is free for children under the age of 12. Located in the Flamengo Park, more details can be found at

Museum Nacional

The Museum Nactional provides tourists an opportunity to visit and tour the grounds that previously hosted the Royal Family of Brazil. The Palace and grounds have been turned into a museum and now house many of the countries most historic items, acquired hundreds of years ago by Emperor Pedro II. The museum is a great place to visit to learn about historical Brazilian Tribes, Culture, Costumes, Art Work and Spiritual Artifacts. The grounds and landscaping are worth the trop alone, and this is a must see for all historians planning a trip to Rio.

Shopping With Locals

No trip to Rio would be complete without a stop at the some of the true Rio shopping areas, for a chance to interact and barter with the locals and find some truly authentic Brazilian merchandise. Some of the most popular areas to visi include The Rio Sul, Rua da Alfandega and Rua Uruguaina. For those who are most adventurous, head to the Rua Buenos Aires, where you can rub elbows with over 1000 shopkeepers. If you are in heart of old Rio the Urguaina shopping district is worth a visit.