The final stop on my Contiki Tour was the much loved city of Rio de Janeiro.
There’s no other city quite like it in the world, and with so much media buzz surrounding Rio in 2014 following the World Cup, I was most excited for this stop on the tour… so if you’re wondering what not to miss in Rio de Janeiro, you’ve come to the right place!
But I’ve always had a desire to visit Rio, which has likely stemmed from pop culture – namely Fast and the Furious 5 comes to mind. The city is indeed as exciting and fast-paced as it appears in the film, and my high expectations were met above and beyond, to the point where I can say with certainty that I will definitely jump at the opportunity to return to Rio!
Top 5 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer
Let’s start with the obvious – Rio’s icon, a 30 metres high statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city. You will need to catch a van transfer up to the statue from various points in the city – admission if around $22 USD.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
While Christ the Redeemer is the cities’ main icon, sugar loaf mountain isn’t far off with the best views of Rio – admission is around $25 USD.
A Favela Tour
If you’ve come to uncover the ‘real Rio’, this is an absolute must do. Don’t be a Gringo be a Local run these tours into a safe Favela during the morning time as well as night Favela parties for those keen to see another side of the Favela culture – price: $50.
Attend a local Soccer Match
For a fun (and insightful) day, be sure to head to a local soccer match at Rio’s World Cup stadium – prices vary.
Copacabana Beach & Ipanema Beach
And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Rio without visiting the two most iconic beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema. Whilst Ipanema is the lesser known of the two, it is a safer and more residential area of town if you’re worried about the horror stories – price: free.
All of these must visit sights are visited on the Contiki tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. A big thank you to Contiki for making this trip possible!