Rio de Janeiro

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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    What was once the headquarters of Brazil's oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema screenings...Read More

  • 2. Escadaria Selarón

    Lapa | Notable Building

    After traveling the world and living in more than 50 countries, Chilean painter Selarón began working in 1990 on the iconic tile staircase that...Read More

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  • 3. Parque Lage

    Jardim Botânico | Garden

    This lush green space down the road from Jardim Botânico was acquired by Antônio Martins Lage Jr., whose grandson, Henrique Lage, fell head...Read More

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  • 4. Praia de Copacabana

    Copacabana | Beach

    Maddening traffic, noise, packed apartment blocks, and a world-famous beach—this is Copacabana, or, Manhattan with bikinis. Walk along the...Read More

  • 5. Praia de Grumari

    Grumari | Beach

    A bit beyond Prainha, off Estrada de Guaratiba, is Grumari, a beach that seems a preview of paradise. What it lacks in amenities—it has only...Read More

  • 6. Praia de Ipanema

    Ipanema | Beach

    As you stroll this world-famous beach you'll encounter a cross section of the city's residents, each favoring a particular stretch. Families...Read More

  • 7. Biblioteca Nacional

    Centro | Library/Archive

    Corinthian columns adorn the neoclassical National Library (built between 1905 and 1908), the first such establishment in Latin America. Its...Read More

  • 8. Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    This pink mansion houses Santa Teresa's small Museu do Bonde (Bonde Museum), dedicated to Rio's trolleys, and the exhibition covering the history...Read More

  • 9. Convento do Santo Antônio

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Convent of St. Anthony was completed in 1780, but some parts date from 1615, making it one of Rio's oldest structures. Its baroque interior...Read More

  • 10. Floresta da Tijuca

    Alto da Boa Vista | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Surrounding Corcovado is the dense, tropical Tijuca Forest, also known as the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. Once part of a Brazilian nobleman's...Read More

  • 11. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro

    Glória | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The aptly named Church of Our Lady of the Glory of the Knoll (Church of Glory for short) sits on top of a hill and is visible from many spots...Read More

  • 12. Largo do Guimarães

    Santa Teresa | Plaza/Square

    Much of the activity in close-knit Santa Teresa takes place around its village-like squares, among them Largo do Guimarães, a social hub that...Read More

  • 13. Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    Steps away from Botafogo metro station is a museum in the former home of the 19th-century Brazilian statesman, writer, and scholar Rui Barbosa...Read More

  • 14. Museu H.Stern

    Ipanema | Museum/Gallery

    Hans Stern started his gem empire in 1945 with an initial investment of about $200. Today his company's interests include mining and production...Read More

  • 15. Museu Villa Lobos

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    A grand colonial building set in spacious gardens is the setting for this museum dedicated to the life and works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil...Read More

  • 16. Oi Futuro Flamengo

    Flamengo | Museum/Gallery

    This slick, ultramodern exhibition space also houses Rio's Telecommunications Museum. The museum itself delivers a unique multimedia adventure...Read More

  • 17. Paço Imperial

    Centro | Castle/Palace

    This two-story building with thick stone walls and an ornate entrance was built in 1743, and for the next 60 years was the headquarters for...Read More

  • 18. Palácio Tiradentes

    Centro | Castle/Palace

    The Tiradentes Palace contains a permanent exhibit describing its history as the seat of the Brazilian parliament before Brasília was built...Read More

  • 19. Parque do Flamengo

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx designed this waterfront park that flanks the Baía de Guanabara from the Glória neighborhood to Flamengo...Read More

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  • 20. Praia da Barra

    Barra da Tijuca | Beach

    Some cariocas consider the beach at Barra da Tijuca to be Rio's best, and the 18-km-long (11-mile-long) sweep of sand and jostling waves certainly...Read More

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