Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ola! Rio de Janeiro is one of those places you should visit before you die. Going here is way beyond a dream for me. Kaya naman I will forever thank Tresemme for making this surreal experience possible! 

Rio de Janeiro has a lot of things in store for all the tourists. I listed down several attractions, activities and cuisines that I tried and shouldn't want to miss in the Land of Samba!

1. Chirst the Redeemer
Called Cristo Rendentor in their local Language, Christ the Redeemer is the most popular attraction in Rio de Janeiro and is widely recognize as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

2. Sugar Loaf Mountain
One of the most popular mountains in Rio de Janeiro. The Sugar Loaf Mountain or  Pão de Açúcar is situated in the heart of the city. The peak of the mountain offers the most breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.

3. Beaches in Rio de Janeiro
No one leaves Rio de Janeiro without visiting at least two popular beaches in the city. In our case we went to three- Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

4. Football Match in Maracana Stadium
Football is Brazil's national sports and because the 2014 Fifa World Cup is fast approaching, watching a football match in Maracana Stadium is highly recommended (whether it's a major or minor match).

5. Escadaria Selaron, Lapa & Sta Teresa
Visit the world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro and Rio's outskirts- Lapa and Sta Teresa.

 6. Jardim Botanico
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Botanical Garden let's you be one with nature. 

7. Walking Colonial Tour
Get to know Brazil's colonial history by taking the walking tour conducted by Lisa Rio Tours.

8. Churches of Rio de Janeiro
Brazil is colonized by Portugal whose main religion is Catholic so you can see several Catholic churches around the city that boast on wonderful architecture and history.

9. Plataforma Show
Dubbed as the greatest folklore show in Brazil which showcases Brazilian exhibitions and dances from different periods.

10. Eat
Brazilian cuisines are very distinct so eating these unique dishes is a must when visiting Rio. They love meat, beans, bread and fruit juices that's why Mama & I tried out the best Brazilian offering :)

11. Souvenir Shopping
When traveling it's important to take home something from your trip. Pasalubong for Pinoys are equally important as buying yourself a souvenir. So don't forget to shop for unique finds whether a cheap but original Havaianas or any Brazil Football souvenir.

Other trips you might want to try:

Favela Tour
Favela is Brazil's term for slum/shanty. City of God is the most well known Favela and now one of the major tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. I wanted to do the Favela tour but was hesitant of going (because of all the stories I heard). At least I have a nice photo of the Favela on top of Sta Teresa.

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  1. Hi cham,
    Your site interests me because my boyfriend and i will be going there this coming april. Any tour agencies you can recommend for us? Thank you. 😊

    1. Hi Jen!
      So sorry for the late reply. Since the trip was a prize fr Tresemme, they were the ones who arrange the tour for me. Though when my Mama and I were in Rio, we availed for additional tours that were not part of the original deal. We just asked help from the hotel's reception and they offered numerous agencies to choose from depending on our needs. Hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to message me. Excited for you and your boyfriend! Don't forget to bring your bikinis :)

  2. how many days you spent with your RIo tour? thank you..

  3. This is very helpful. Thanks a lot!

  4. By the way, approximately how much should I save if I visit Rio? HAHA

    1. Depends on your plans. :) I spent at around 50,000 for my accommodation, food, sightseeing, transportation & pasalubongs. If you just plan to spend more time at the beach, book a hotel near it so you don't spend too much money on transportation. :)

  5. Reading your blog as reference for my trip to brazil next week. Like you i won and it includes semi finals match in sao paolo

    1. Wow! Good for you!!! Was also planning to go so Sao Paolo when we went to Rio de Janiero but decided to spend the whole vacay in Rio :) Hope you can tell me your experience there. God Bless!!!


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