Praia de Copacabana
Copacabana is a beautiful beach that stretches from the Morro de Lome hill in the northeast to the Aproador rocks in the southwest. As one of Rio’s most celebrated beaches, it is a year round tourist hub and famed for it’s incredible New Years Eve celebrations. With iconic drawings on the walkway and bike paths, it draws in the crowds. Today it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Parc Nacional da Tijuca
This beautiful park is home to the lush Florets de Tijuca, which is one of the world’s largest urban forests. It is also home to the dramatic Serra de Carioca Mountains, where the Christo Rodent Statue stands. Not forgetting all the different species of plants, mammals, birds and the incredible waterfalls and natural springs. This peaceful forest covers 15 square miles and is a little piece of paradise.
Corcovado is where the iconic statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) stands. He watches over Rio from 2316ft at the high Corcovado. You can see the statue for miles but it’s definitely worth getting closer. The mountain gets its name from the Portuguese word Corcova, which means hunchback. You can see that the name reflects the shape of the mountain.