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  • 1 Rio Centro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Pio X BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Centro, the oldest neighbourhood in Rio, is where the vestiges of the city's past are concentrated. Whether it be the imperial palace and the Baroque churches of Praça XV or the theatre and museums of Cinelândia, there is no shortage of culture. The ..

  • 2 Mosteiro de São Bento Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Dom-Gerardo 40 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Behind the elegant and restrained façade of this church, which was built on top of a hill, there is an astonishing Baroque interior. It is truly magnificent, boasting walls which are entirely covered with gilded wood ornamentation, marble flooring an..

  • 3 Praça XV de Novembro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV de Novembro BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Thanks to recent attempts to modernise the area, and the arrival of bars, restaurants and museums, the Praça XV, located in the heart of Centro, has become something of a draw for Cariocas. The trees growing there imbue it with a unique atmosphere. A..

  • 4 Paço Imperial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV-de-Novembro 48 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Imperial Palace stands at the heart of the Praça XV. Now one of the city's foremost cultural centres, it holds temporary exhibitions of painting and sculpture and has its own cinema. Built in the 18C, this palace with colonial architecture is ful..

  • 5 Convento and Igreja de Santo Antônio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo da Carioca BR - Rio de Janeiro

    The Santo Antônio Monastery, located on an esplanade overlooking the Largo da Carioca, attracts admiring stares from all sides. But it is the inside of the complex that is really worth seeing. Have a look inside the church, which is one of the most r..

  • 6 Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo da Carioca 5 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20050 020

    At the entrance to this church is a small museum housing the statues of saints that are borne through the streets in the Ash Wednesday procession, of which the most remarkable is a St Louis dressed up as Louis XIII! The church's exuberant gilded wood..

  • 7 Igreja de N. S. da Glória do Outeiro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça de N.-S.-da-Glória 135 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22211 110

    This church, a beautiful little example of colonial architecture, stands in the heart of the Glória district, which was highly coveted in the 19C when Rio was the federal capital. The Igreja de N. S. da Glória do Outeiro (1739) was one of the first c..

  • 8 Cristo Redentor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cosme Velho Street 513 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which looks out over Rio from atop Corcovado, has become the universal emblem of the city. Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and Paul Landowski in 1922 in response to a competition set to mark Brazil's centenary (19..

  • 9 Pão de Açúcar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. Pasteur - Urca 520 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22290-240

    Sugarloaf Mountain, the rocky peak named after the shape of its outline, but also after the approximate translation of the name given to it by the Indians (Pau-nd-Acuqua, "pointed and isolated promontory"), affords an uninterrupted view ove..

  • 10 Jardim Botânico of Rio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Jardim-Botânico 1008 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Jardim Bôtanico is home to countless tropical species: royal palms, giant bamboos, medicinal plants, the famous Pau-Brasil etc. If you look closely, you will notice toucans flying from tree to tree. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll, far aw..

  • 11 Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Estrada Roberto-Burle-Marx - Antiga Estrada da Barra-de-Guaratiba 2019 BR - Rio de Janeiro 23020 240

    The achievements of the great landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx include the Parque do Flamengo, the grounds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, and the famous pavement designs in Copacabana. His property comprises his house, an immen..

  • 12 Parque Nacional da Tijuca Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Estrada da Cascatinha - Alto da Boa-Vista 850 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20531 590

    Rocky peaks, waterfalls, wild animals and tropical species await you at the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, the world's largest urban forest (32km2), located in the heart of Rio. Make sure you see the Pico da Tijuca (1 012m), Capela Mayrink, Vista Chinesa..

  • 13 Costa Verde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Paraty

    The Costa Verde is worthy of its name. A natural wonder located between Rio and São Paulo, the mountainsides plunge down into the blue-green waters of the ocean. Bays and islands starting close to the mainland follow one after the other, with the lan..

  • 14 Ilha Grande Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Vila do Abraão

    Off the Costa Verde is the Ilha Grande, a well-preserved little slice of paradise with lush vegetation and turquoise waters. Perhaps the island has been spared the attention of property developers due to its largely uninteresting history. In high sea..

  • 15 The south coast of Ilha Grande Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Dois Rios

    Before heading for the south coast of the island, make sure you cover up, bring along plenty of water and let your hotel know where you are planning to go. These precautions out of the way, you can enjoy the tranquility and untamed beauty of the coas..

  • 16 Paraty's Historic Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça da Matriz BR - Paraty

    In Paraty's Centro histórico the electric cables barely detract from the combined charm of the tiled-roof houses and white-washed churches. In places the high tide floods the cobblestones, which residents claim gives them a good clean. After night fa..

  • 17 Paraty Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Paraty

    Paraty Bay is dotted with around 60 islands that are covered in lush vegetation. The bay's coastline is often rugged and inaccessible but there are some heavenly beaches with crystalline waters (Saco do Mamanguá, Praia da Lula, Praia da Conceição, Pr..

  • 18 Pinacoteca do Estado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Praça da Luz 2 BR - São-Paulo

    Just next door to Parque Luz, one of São Paulo's few quiet spots, is the Pinacoteca do Estado. The space, which was admirably designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, does full justice to the paintings and sculptures on display, which include masterpieces ..

  • 19 São Paulo Museu Afro-Brasil Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Pedro-Álvares-Cabral - Parque Ibirapuera - Portão 10 BR - São-Paulo 04094 050

    The Museu Afro-Brasil, located in an elegant, light-filled building, opened its doors in 2004. It contains 5 000 very diverse exhibits, which testify to the importance of African culture in Brazil, from the time of slavery to the present day. These r..

  • 20 Igreja São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Av. Otacílio-Negrão-de-Lima - Pampulha 3000 BR - Belo-Horizonte 31365 450

    The astonishing curves of the Igreja São Francisco de Assis (1943) are to be found south of the Pampulha Lake. Apparently it was the sight of women lying on the beach that inspired its designer, Oscar Niemeyer, which presumably explains why the Churc..

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