Grumari Beach is not large, but cozy place on the coast, which is located not far from Barra Beach. The peculiarity of this beautiful beach is that there are no noisy restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainment centers, and other high-rise buildings in the surrounding area. This location is very tempting and it attracts many people from the nearby villages and residents of Rio.
Along the beach there are lush thickets of local nature reserve called Parque Municipal Ecológico da Prainha. They are situated parallel to the coastline. It decorates the coast of saturated color, and makes the air clean and fresh. The most daring tourists can take a walk through the jungle, and get acquainted with the flora and fauna of Brazil. Flora and fauna of these places is very rich. After bathing in warm water and relaxing on the sand, you can observe the life of exotic insects and birds. Please be careful: Amazon area is not only funny, but also a very dangerous place.
Grumari Beach is the ideal place for those people who are tired of the hustle and bustle of both life and the pressures of the city. Nature and peace rule here. But on weekends the place is full of vacationers.
Tijuca National Park
In the past, Rio de Janeiro was surrounded by harsh and wild jungle. Today only 120 square meters left from them, which actually form the Tijuca National Park. This nature reserve was created in 1961 to prevent floods, soil erosion, reduce air pollution and to create public recreation areas. In 1991, UNESCO enrolled Tijuca National Park to the world's biosphere reserves.
Tijuca Park is the most extensive urban forest in the world. It is famous for its beautiful trees, waterfalls, incredible beauty, diverse representatives of flora and fauna. The whole territory of the reserve is divided into three main sectors, which differ in certain subjects.
Unfortunately, wood is constantly exposed to the attempts of illegal invasion and capture of valuable land for commercial purposes. At the moment, the National Forest is under the patronage and protection of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. The park is ennobled and equipped with seating areas, elegant bridges and fountains. There are also many picturesque lakes here.
Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a unique city. It is well-known with its carnivals, dynamic life and historical monuments. The most signifcant sight of Rio de Janeiro is the Christ the Redeemer statue.
This huge construction is set at the top of Corcovado Mountain. The statue is a symbol of Christianity. It represents love and kindness.
It was created by Paul Landowski, a French architect. Heitor da Silva Costa, a Brazilian engineer, built this monument in cooperation with a French engineer Albert Caquot.
The Christ the Redeemer statue, which was built in 1931, is pretty big. It is 38 meters tall and 28 meters wide. It weighs 635 metric tons. Tourists from all over the world come to Brazil to see this stunning monument.
There is an interesting story about the statue. The government of Rio de Janeiro wanted to erect a monument which would become a symbol of Brazil’s independence. Some projects were worked-out. One of the architects suggested the building of a huge sphere as a symbol of peace in the world. But no one supported this idea.
Then Heitor da Silva Costa came up with an idea of a huge statue of Christ with his hands wide-opened for all people on the Earth. It was a brilliant idea! The project was approved and Paul Landowski began his work.
5 years later everything was ready for building. Materials and parts of the future monument were delivered. The construction was very expensive. It cost $250,000. Brazil did not have the sum, so Brazilians donated their money for the construction.
The statue is made with soapstone, which is very firm. Nevertheless on the 10 of February, 2008 the monument was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. Its head, eyebrows and fingers were damaged. The statue was renewed in 2010.
There was one more restoration, in 2003. A crust was removed from the statue’s covering. Serious winds are destroying the statue, so the maintenance is always needed. The monument looks very beautiful at night with a modern system of lighting, which was made during the restoration.
A railway, which was built during the construction, functions today. It helps tourists to reach the monument.
In 2006 Brazil celebrated the 75th anniversary of the statue. The bishop of Rio de Janeiro gave a speech at this ceremony. He also sanctified the chapel in the pedestal of the statue. The church was named Nossa Aparecida.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer was included in the modern day Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
While in Rio de Janeiro, you must have a walk along the famous and ancient district of Santa Teresa. Locals simply call it Santa. This neighborhood has a reputation of a romantic and bohemian corner of Rio. There are many different art workshops, winding streets and extravagant architecture.
There are also many attractions. For example, park of Ruins and Characa do Ceu house-museum, which is located at the very top of the mountain where dazzling views of the city can be observed. It also has an interesting Russian Church of the Holy Zinaida and many diverse colorful shops.
This area is not only a bohemian, but the elite place. The neighborhood is filled with luxury villas, expensive hotels and fashionable restaurants. It all started with a small built-up around the monastery of the 18th century, where rich people and aristocrats lived until the beginning of 1960th. Because of widespread crime, they were forced to leave Santa. Closer to 1990, many artists settled here. They laid the foundation of Santa Teresa neighborhood.
This area deserves special attention. Here you can wander through the narrow cozy streets, look at a variety of shops and have great views from the top of the mountain where amazing park of ruins and Characa do Ceu house-museum are located.
In Rio de Janeiro area in the vicinity of Ipanema Beach there is a wonderful beach that bears the same name. It is located between the neighborhoods of Leblon and Arpoador. It became famous beach in the mid-1960s after the release of "The Girl from Ipanema" song, which used to be a real music hit.
Ipanema Beach`s name means "bad water" in the language of Tupi tribe. Nowadays it is a delightful place to relax and have fun. The territory of Ipanema is constantly under the close supervision of rescuers. It is conventionally divided into sections. This greatly simplifies orienteering.
Every Sunday the road along Ipanema is closed for vehicular traffic. It is filled with people on bicycles, roller skates and skateboards. The west side of the beach is crowned by the majestic mountains "Two Brothers".
Area, which is adjacent to the beach, is one of the richest accommodations in Rio de Janeiro. This neighborhood is full of world-class hotels, fashionable restaurants and expensive shops. This area is the second richest in Rio. Leblon district occupies the first place. In addition, it is also the safest beach in the district of Rio.
One of the most interesting and famous sights of Rio is considered to be the Sugar Loaf Mountain. It rises above the bay of Guanabara and reaches 396 meters height. It received such a funny name as a result of constant weathering of igneous rocks. They have created a mountain elevation in the form of a lump of sugar. There is no flora on the mountain.
This hill is famous for the fact that a small Portuguese settlement was founded here in 1565. Centuries passed by, and now it is a wonderful and exciting city of Rio de Janeiro.
According to official figures, the first recorded ascent to Sugar Loaf Mountain took place in 1817. At that time English pediatric nurse Henrietta Carstairs hoisted the Britain flag at the top of the mountain.
In 1903, cableway started to be built to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Please note that the cableway works successfully nowadays. There are three stops on its rout: the Urca Mountain, "Red Beach" and Sugar Loaf. In the 1970s, an outdoor amphitheater Conca Verde was created not far from this hill. It was a concert and entertainment complex. Fortunately, it continues to work presently.
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beautiful, lively and two-faced neighborhood called Lapa. The duplicity of the district is manifested in the fact that it seems pretty stiff at first glance, even a solid area. There are beautiful buildings of renovated concert halls, as well as a famous Cafe Cultural Sacrilegio restaurant. The best and fiery samba in the whole Rio is danced here.
On the other hand, we can see that this area is full of carefree and cheerful life. Young people have fun here all night round in a variety of institutions. They all enjoy a special unique atmosphere of Rio. On Rua da and Rua Joaquim Silva streets there are many representatives of hip-hop culture. They dance salsa and listen to reggae every day. Lapa is always crowded.
In Lapa as well as other areas of Rio, has its own beach. However, this city district has become popular not only by its picturesque bay. Lapa has become famous due to the color and rhythm of life that is unique in this place. Streets of Lapa are almost always filled with people, and in the evening it is lit very well. It allows you to walk up to the morning securely.
Barra da Tijuca
Barra da Tijuca is not a typical area of Rio de Janeiro. It is more like a district of Miami. There are fashion boutiques, fashionable restaurants and nightclubs. High life is developed in this area very much. There are no endemic to Rio villas, detached houses and comfortable apartment buildings in this area. All space is filled with shining skyscrapers, huge shopping malls, office buildings and various other condominiums.
However, tourists gather in Barra da Tijuca not to look at this Brazilian metropolis. They come here to enjoy the famous beach, which is well-known all over the world. Barra Beach is the longest beach in the whole Rio. Its length is eighteen kilometers. It surpassed even popular Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema, if you add up their sizes together. In 2016 summer Olympics will be held here. By the way, this is one of the few places where there are all conditions for comfortable and around the clock kitesurfers and surfers riding.
District of Barra da Tijuca is considered to be one of the most peaceful and prosperous neighborhoods around Rio. The most famous and rich "Carioca" live here: businessmen, officials and football players.
Copacabana Beach is probably the most famous and popular beach not just around Rio de Janeiro, but in the whole Brazil. Copacabana is a sandy area as wide as a football field. It is four kilometers long. All the most interesting and fun events in Rio take place here. This beach has become a favorite place for both thousands of tourists from around the world, and many international celebrities.
Copacabana gained fame in the mid-1950s. At this time many musicians, writers and artists, and other bohemians began settling in the neighborhood of Copacabana. The name of this beach is associated with the icon of Virgin of Copacabana.
The beach is of an unimaginable beauty. The contrast of white sand and blue ocean creates a gorgeous picture. Urca Mountain and Sugarloaf are located near Copacabana. They are also the most recognizable sights of Rio. This beach is one of the few places in Rio, where night lighting is organized like a natural. It allows tourists surfing and playing football even at night.
This beach is also famous for its spectacular New Year celebrations. It consists of an exciting program. There are colorful fireworks, which can last for half an hour, musical shows and live concerts.
About Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a city in sunny Brazil, which is second in size only to São Paulo. For two centuries it was the capital of the country, and today it is the main cultural and economic center.
Where to go, what to see in Rio de Janeiro?
Elite and super modern district of Barra da Tijuca brought glory is its fantastic beach of Barra Beach. It is huge, clean and beautiful - a real paradise for swimmers and surfers. Grumari Beach reserves a piece of the coast, if you go here on a weekday, you can enjoy the peace and quiet full.
Copacabana Beach can also be called elite, but in a different way. There are many decades’ rests and settles bohemians, a broad band of white sand and night illumination make this place very popular among "clubbers". In particular, it is here that the inhabitants of Rio celebrate the New Year.
On the rocky Preynga beach travelers rarely meet, thanks to a strong emotion and constant winds it is fully "occupied" by surfers. But the most sanitized Ipanema is a resting place of the locals. The beach is considered to be the safest and the adjoining neighborhoods of Rio - the most fashionable.
What to look out for in Rio de Janeiro on a priority basis, so it is a majestic statue of Christ that crowns Corcovado Mountain. This is the main symbol of Rio. It is believed that the Redeemer protects the city from all disasters and can fulfill the most cherished desire, expressed at the foot of a giant monument.
Also in the list of what to look necessarily in Rio de Janeiro, it is essential to include the reserved Tijuca Park, with its flowers, waterfalls and hanging in the air wicker bridges and Jardim, the best botanical garden Brazil.
But the attractions of Rio de Janeiro are not only natural beauty, but also the old shady streets, monasteries, the palace Ilha sneak and unique architecture Museum of Modern Art - it "floats" above the treetops, as if the most genuine UFO. And to inspire local flavors and feel the pulse of Rio, you should go to the district of Lapa. This local street lives and breathes to the rhythm of samba forever young!