Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with Carnival, samba, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and of course Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Whether you prefer the historical sites, nature, traditional food and drinks or just laying in the sun with other sun and sand lovers, Rio provides an endless list of things to do, anytime of year. Bethany Looi fills you in on what you can do in 24 hours.
6:30 a.m. Rise Up Take a stroll or jog on Copacabana beach. Have breakfast at your hotel or one of the many restaurants along the beach. Breakfast: $20 USD.
8:00 a.m. Tour The City Get ready at your hotel for a ten hour tour which includes: entrance fees to Christ the Redeemer, considered to be one of the new seven wonders of the world, and Sugar Loaf Mountain (both the icons of Brazil), lunch, pick up and drop off from your hotel. Tour cost: $167 USD. www.viator.com
6:00 p.m. Stairway to Heaven Drop off at hotel. Get your hotel concierge to get you a taxi and bring you to Escadaria Selarón, the colorful famous steps by artist Jorge Selarón. Have your cab wait for you, while you take a short visit. Taxi cost: $30 USD
8:30 p.m. Meat me for Dinner Time to experience a churrascaria, or Brazilian barbecue, for dinner at Carretao Churrascaria. Three locations: Carretão, Copacabana and Ipanema. Dinner cost: $30 USD.
10:30 p.m. Seeing Stars After dinner, head to legendary Copacabana Palace Hotel. The hotel that has hosted many famous people (including Madonna, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe), faces Copacabana
beach. Indulge in dessert at Pérgula Restaurant, and try the tarte tartin. You can also have a drink at Bar do Copa by Copacabana Palace’s famous pool. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10 pm. Total cost: Approximately $300 USD per day including tours and meals (not including bar entrance fee, drink and dessert at Copacabana Palace Hotel). www.copacabanapalace.com/web/orio/copacabana_palace.jsp
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