Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, 3 Hot Places to Visit
Being injured in Rio is nothing new to me. The second time I came to Rio (March 2012), I popped a rib just a week before coming out. To make matters worse, I popped a second one on the other side just a few weeks into my stay. This time around, I’ve been able to get a solid 5 months in before the inevitable occured; I strained one of the muscles just under my ribcage. Luckily, this one has only kept me off the mats for a week.
This blog was written by Peter, Connection Rio house manager. He blogs on life and training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro.
While an injury is never any fun, Rio does soften the blow. It’s a good idea to get out of the Connection Rio house and see some of the sights, as the city has a lot to offer. Here are a few suggestions:
Christ Redeemer and Sugarloaf (I strongly advise to go up there around 4pm and stay for the sunset) are the obvious tourist attractions. Take the train to the Christ statue for great views on the way up as well as at the top.
Close to Ipanema is Lagoa, probably my favorite spot in all of Rio. It’s hard for me to describe exactly how beautiful it is, words don’t really do it justice. If you do go to Lagoa, make sure to visit Palaphita Kitch, a gorgeous bar right next to the lake. The cocktails are pretty good too but on the more expensive side, and it’s a great place to catch the sunset.
Thanks to Snoop and Pharrell the Escadaria Selarón have gained a lot in popularity, but in itself it’s hardly a place to spend more than an hour. Weekends can be really busy with tourists as it’s a very popular place to get photographs.
It’s perfectly possible to visit the Arcos de Lapa, The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the stairs and Santa Teresa in one day. I advise to make a little more time for the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, as it has two very good restaurants worth checking out: Térèze and Bar do Gomes. Be aware that Térèze is counted among the fanciest places in Rio and eating there will cost a fair few bucks.
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