Rio de Janeiro is an incredible city. Being one of the places where the next world cup in 2014 will take place, we have put together of things to do for less than $10. If you are looking for accommodation in this great city make sure to check out only apartments for apartments in Rio De Janeiro
1. Jardim Botanico:
The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden or Jardim Botânico is located at the Jardim Botanico district in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro between Leblon and Ipanema districts. The Botanical Garden shows the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. There are around 6,500 species (some endangered) distributed throughout an area of 54 hectares, and there are numerous greenhouses. The Garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. There is an important research center, which includes the most complete library in the country specializing in botany with over 32,000 volumes. John VI of Portugal founded it in 1808. Originally intended for the acclimatization of spices like nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon imported from the West Indies, the Garden was opened to the public in 1822, and is now open during daylight hours every day except December 25 and the 1st of January.
Price: R$ 6.00 (about US 5.00)
2. Ipanema Beach and Açaí bowl:
In addition to the wonderful stretch of beach with great surf and umbrellas, gorgeous people to watch, you can walk through the fashionable streets to discover chic boutiques, trendy restaurants and hip cafes. On Sundays, there is a hippie market in Praça General Osório where handcrafts, clothes and souvenirs from Rio can be found. Eat an Açaí bowl is a must do in Ipanema: Pronounced ah-sah-yee, Açaí berries come from Açaí palm trees found in Central and South America. They are touted as being a superfood for anti-aging, weight loss, and overall health. The Bip Bip Lanches (AVENIDA VISCONDE DE PIRAJA 487, IPANEMA) have the best Açaí in town: mixed with banana, granola and guarana syrup. Price: R$ 8.00 (about US 4.00)
NOTE: Açaí na tigela (“açaí in the bowl”) is a typical Brazilian dish made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit from the Amazonian region. Its preparation in Brazilian southern and northeastern is different from how it is prepared in the Amazonian region. It is served like a smoothie in a bowl or in a glass, is commonly topped with granola, banana, and mixed with other fruits, with the addition of guaraná syrup.
3. Arcos da Lapa:
An engineering and architectural construction work that symbolizes Rio de Janeiro’s colonial period. It was inaugurated, as reported, in 1750, under the government of Ayres de Saldanha and administered by the engineer José Fernandes Alpoim. It was built in order to end the problem of the constant lack of water in Rio de Janeiro towards the end of the XVIII century. The arches of Lapa are an attraction for some but the neighborhood is full of bars and samba. Simply select a bar and enjoy the night and the lights of this wonderful city.
4. Santa Teresa:
This quaint bohemian neighborhood of Rio with colonial buildings and cobblestone streets steep on a hillside overlooking the city is earning the interest of tourists wishing to see an alternate Rio away from the beach scene. Art galleries and restaurants add to the local culture of Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa is a bohemian neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It offers beautiful views of the city from the top of your neighborhood. The tram ride is a must and despite reports of an accident. The scenario is one of the most picturesque and is the real Rio de Janeiro frozen in time with its old mansions and stately.
Medium difficulty, location: Parque Nacional da Tijuca. The Sugar Loaf is an impressive natural monument of granite gneiss with top rising to 844 meters above sea level and is the largest stone block in the seaside of the planet. It takes from 2 hours to 4 hours to complete the route. Due to its privileged geographical location is a fantastic viewpoint from which to contemplate much of the city, looking north we see some hills in the park, especially the Pedra Bonita and Agulhinha Gavea. Averting his gaze slightly to the west we see the great Jacarepaguá downloaded, every neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, the Playground and in the background the great mass of Pedra Branca. To end the show we look to the east – which in my opinion is the most beautiful view of Sugar Loaf – to admire the Sao Conrado Beach, the granite towers that make up the hill Two Brothers is about two main postcards of the city and has even served as inspiration for the theme music of Chico Buarque, and the vast shantytown of Rocinha to his feet. More in the background you can see the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay, the Stone Elephant that has the city of Niterói and even Itaipuaçú Beach in the town of Marica.