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Fall in Love With Rio de Janeiro, the Landscape that Inspires a Carniva

From the top of Cerro del Corcovado, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, you can see almost all of Rio de Janeiro: the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Atlantic Ocean, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maracaná Stadium, the Rodrigo Freitas Lake, the boats in the Botafogo inlet; in other words, the balance between the urban landscape and the natural one.

Every year, the streets of Rio are transformed to receive the carnival. Dating from 1723, this event begins on the Friday before Ash Wednesday, with a large party at the sambadrome. The parade is a competition of samba schools, accompanied by floats and dancers that move to the rhythm of the samba-enredo.

Samba, bossa nova, carnival, landscape, beaches. This city seems to be always on the move. However, when the Brazilian soccer team plays, or when a match takes place between the city's four main teams—Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama and Botafogo—the city brings its undivided attention to the stadiums, the most relevant of which is the Maracaná, the one with more stories to tell.

The architecture of Rio de Janeiro is also worthy of admiration: places such as the Copacabana Palace, the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Theater, the Cathedral of São Sebastião, the Museum of Tomorrow and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói are places to discover in what has been called the "marvelous city".

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Beach Route

Traveling to Rio gives visitors a chance to enjoy the sea, the sun and the sand. The different beaches are an invitation to rest or walk, but also to practice sports such as volleyball, soccer, footvolley, jogging and cycling (many bike paths in the city are located along the beaches).

Copacabana

The beach is almost 4 kilometers long and has a crescent shape. The sands of Copacabana have been the scene of many important events, such as The Rolling Stones concert in 2006, the World Youth Day in 2013 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is also the place where one of the biggest New Year parties is held.

Ipanema

The beach is almost 4 kilometers long and has a crescent shape. The sands of Copacabana have been the scene of many important events, such as The Rolling Stones concert in 2006, the World Youth Day in 2013 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is also the place where one of the biggest New Year parties is held.

Leblon

Located in the southern part of the city, it is an extension of the Ipanema beach. Both neighborhoods are divided by the Jardim de Alá, a park that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. At the end of the beach, towards the west, there is a viewpoint that offers one of the best views of Leblon and Ipanema.

Botafogo

The beach, 0.7 kilometers long, is located in the cove of Guanabara Bay and looks out to the Sugarloaf Mountain. It stands out because of its open-air shows and because of the boats anchored in the Río Yacht Club. A quiet and familiar place, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops.

Prainha

It is an environmental protection area created in 2001 with 147 hectares in the western part of the city. In addition to the beach, you can walk along a path to appreciate different plant species including orchids, bromeliads, palms and cedars.

Musical Route

Samba, the essence of the carnival, and bossa nova are the best-known genres of Brazilian music. These are the result of musical traditions from Europe— particularly jazz in the case of bossa nova—, as well as African and indigenous rhythms.

Marqués de Sapucaí Sambadrome

The place opened in 1984 and its design was in charge of the architect Oscar Niemeyer. The sambadrome is 550 meters long and 12 meters wide. During the Carioca carnival, which takes place between Friday afternoon and Ash Wednesday at noon, the samba schools take over the place. After the improvements completed in 2012, its capacity went from 60,000 to 72,500 spectators.

Rio Scenarium

Located in the Lapa neighborhood, in the center of the city, this nightclub is known for its live performances of Brazilian music. The different environments are a journey through musical genres such as samba, choro or MPB. The decoration is characterized by antiques such as clocks, radios, dollhouses, art-deco furniture and antique bicycles.

Lapa 40 Graus

Another point of reference of Rio de Janeiro's nightlife. It is an old mansion near Arcos de Lapa that has been adapted: the first floor has a quiet atmosphere; on the second, there are pool tables (or sinuca tables), and on the third one you can dance pop, rock, samba and choro.

Carioca da Gema

A few steps away from Rio Scenarium, this is the club where the best and oldest samba and choro groups have performed. Although at Lapa there are other similar places, Carioca da Gema was a pioneer, since it was inaugurated in the year 2000 and has become one of the most traditional sites of samba nights in Rio de Janeiro.

Escola de Samba Estação Primeira de Mangueira

It is one of the most traditional samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, known for its green and pink colors. Founded in 1928 and located in the Niterói district, it has won the carnival competition 19 times. The last time they won was in 2016, when its 4,300 dancers paid tribute to singer-songwriter Maria Bethania.

Escola de Samba Acadêmicos do Salgueiro

Founded in 1953, this samba school is located in the Andaraí neighborhood and is known for its red and white colors. It has been champion of the Carioca Carnival on 9 occasions. The last time was in 2009 with the samba-enredo "Tambor". This musical subgenre is specifically performed by the samba schools during the carnival.

Route of the Football Neighborhoods

Brazil has been a five-time champion of the Soccer World Cup, and it has also hosted the event twice (in 1950 and 2014). Footballers like Pelé, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Garrincha, Marta, Romario, Neymar, among others, are idols in a country that lives this sport passionately, and Rio de Janeiro occupies a prominent place due to its local teams and the Maracaná Stadium.

Laranjeiras Neighborhood - Fluminense Football Club

The main attraction of the sector is the neoclassical Guanabara Palace. From 1865 to 1889, this was the residence of Princess Isabel of Brazil (1846-1921). Next to the palace is the Estadio das Laranjeiras, which is used by Fluminense for some of its home games. The team, known as Flu and recognised for its garnet, green and white colors, has been champion of the Carioca Championship 31 times.

Barrio Botafogo - Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

The neighborhood is known for its view over the Sugarloaf Mountain, which is complemented by boats that float over the Botafogo inlet. The regatta club was founded in 1894, and the football team in 1904. They were both joined together in 1942. The team is known for its black and white colors and for stars such as Garrincha. Since 2007, the team plays in the Nilton Santos Stadium, one of the most modern in the country.

 Flamengo Neighborhood - Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Located in the South Zone of the city, the neighborhood is known for the Aterro do Flamengo, a 122 hectare park that overlooks the Guanabara Bay and the Sugarloaf. Founded in 1895, the club has around 30 million fans (the largest fan club in Brazil) and plays at the Maracaná Stadium. Their biggest rivalry is against Fluminense, and the matches against one another are known as Fla-Flu. In 1963, for the Carioca Championship, this match attracted 194,603 attendees.

Maracaná Neighborhood - Maracaná Stadium

Located in the North Zone, this neighborhood is known for its soccer stadium. Built for the 1950 World Cup, it was the largest in the world for many years. It went down in history after that year’s final between Brazil and Uruguay, known as Maracanaço, in which the visiting team won before 199,874 spectators. Nowadays, after different reforms, it has a capacity of 74,738 people. In 2014, it hosted the final game in that year's World Cup between Argentina and Germany.

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Restaurants

Lasai

Specialty: brazilian organic food.

Rafael Costa e Silva is head chef at Lasai, which opened its doors in 2014 in a house dating from 1902 in Botafogo. The name means "quiet" or "at peace" in Basque, the language of the Basque Country. Lasai's cuisine is characterized by using local products and the chef's own garden, and by working closely with producers and fishermen of the region, so the menu varies depending on the season.

Among the ingredients you can find yucca (cassava), Chinese cabbage and chayote, present in dishes such as palmito ceviche. Furthermore, Lasai has a Michelin Guide star and has been part of the Latin America's Best Restaurants list since 2015 (in 2018 it occupied position 26).

Olympe

Specialty: fusion cuisine.

Claude Troisgros arrived in Brazil in 1979 and four years later he opened the restaurant located near the Rodrigo Freitas Lake, in a brick corner house. Claude's son, Thomas, has been in charge of the kitchen at Olympe since 2015. It's the fourth generation of a family known for pioneering Nouvelle cuisine in France.

Its signature dishes are the cod with purple potato gnocchi, canastra cheese and tapenade, as well as the grouper with caramelized banana, grape sauce, lemon and cilantro. Since the Latin America's Best Restaurants list was created in 2013, Olympe has always been present and in 2018 it was ranked 27th. In addition, in 2015 it received a star from the Michelin Guide, which it still maintains.

Oro

Specialty: signature cuisine.

Felipe Bronze began his career in 2001. Since then, in addition to his role as a host in cooking shows, he opened the restaurant Z Contemporâneo in 2004 and Oro in 2010, which has two Michelin Guide stars. In 2018, Oro was part of the Latin America's Best Restaurants list.

The restaurant, located a few steps from Leblon beach, serves two menu options: criatividade, which focuses on seasonal ingredients, and afetividade, which consists of house specialties such as oysters with caipirinha, pão de queijo with praline, meat with dried mushrooms and coffee. The drinks menu stands out as well, since you can find craft beers, cachaça and a precise selection of wines.

Typical dishes

Churrasco

This dish from Rio contains a variety of grilled meats. Rice, beans, fries and salad can come as side dishes.

Moqueca

Of indigenous origin, this marine soup includes fish, onion, tomato, coriander leaves, pepper, palm oil and coconut milk.

Bolinhos de bacalhau

These cod balls are crunchy rolls made of cod meat, potatoes, eggs, parsley and onions. They can be accompanied with olive oil and a spicy sauce.

A Chef

Rafael Costa e Silva

Chef Rafael Costa e Silva's career began in 2003 when he started studying at The Culinary Institute of America in New York, after starting a career in Management. He worked there until 2007, when he left for Spain to work with Andoni Luis Aduriz in Mugaritz. The trip concluded in 2011 when he decided to return to Rio de Janeiro to take over Lasai, his personal project. The restaurant is complemented by two gardens, one in Itahnanga and another in Vale das Videiras, which have grown along with the place and which are a source of inspiration—and knowledge—for the menu. Rafael is one of the people responsible for the good moment that Brazilian cuisine is experiencing, which has stood out for having an informal and extroverted line.

A Recipe

Feijoada

Feijoada is Brazil's national dish. It’s customary to eat it on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is prepared in a base of black beans that are cooked with salted, smoked and fresh meats. It is served with white rice, orange, cabbage and farofa, which is a traditional side dish made from cassava flour.

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Airport

Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, also known as Galeão International Airport, 20 kilometers from the city center.

Language

Portuguese.

Currency

Brazilian Real (BRL).

Average temperature

25 °C (77 °F) in hot season and 22 °C (71.6 °F) in cool season

Transport

Metro (MetrôRio): from 5:00 to 00:00. *On Sundays and holidays the schedule goes from 7:00 to 23:00. Price: 4.30 BRL (1.13 USD) per ticket. Taxis: minimum rate: 5.40 BRL (1.42 USD).

Hotel

3-star hotel: 196.96 BRL (51.64 USD) per person. 5-star hotel: 521.58 (USD 136.74) per person.