Happy Birthday, Rio! 10 'Can't Miss' Things To Do

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 05/08/2015 - 12:30 pm

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Happy birthday, Rio de Janerio!

Brazil's most famous city was founded by Portuguese settlers on March 1st, 1565 and was named São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, in honor of St. Sebastian, the namesake of Portuguese Monarch D. Sebastião.

Rio de Janeiro (“River of January”) was the official name given to Guanabara Bay and ws also the capitol city of Brazil for nealry 200 years, yeilding that title to the newly-created city of Brasilia in 1963.

So, it's 83 and sunny in Rio today (probably). Or it might rain. But around here, our favortie Rio t-shirt is the one that reads "A Rainy Day In Rio Is Better Than..." so you get the idea. For those who have already had their passpot stamped at Jobim International, no explaination is needed for a return trip.

For newbies, Rio should be on your bucket list. And if that’s not reason enough to hop on a plane for a night flight to Brazil, here are 10 more:

1. Hit the beach. World-class sand strips are mega in Rio. And legendary. Name droppers love Copacabana and Ipanema. You will too.

photo: Celso Pupo


2. Pizza. Grab a slice Brazilian-style at Caravelle just off the Copa strip. The open-air sidewalk café has its charm, but so has the spicy molho sauce.

photo: Guia Barrio



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3. Sugarloaf or Corcovado? Do both. The later on a clear sunny morning is breathtaking. Sunset on Sugarloaf is something you’ll never forget.

photo: Riotur

4. Just like the weather, Rio’s nightlife is flat out awesome. Dance clubs rock ‘til dawn and the historic Lapa district has it all, from Samba to Brazilian jazz. And that means…

photo: Alberto Santos

5. Cachaca! Brazil’s greatest invention since sliced meat, this sugarcane rum mingles with fresh cut limes and sugar to create its own real-life liquid hash tag.

photo: Veja SP



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6. Food! Rio has dozens of world-class restaurants, but be sure to chill at a neighborhood boteco after a long night out. And ice-cold draft beer is called chope!

photo: Esse Mundo E' Nosso

7. For our money, nothing beats the poolside view of a Copacabana morning. Rio’s beachside hotels are tropical luxury you can easily get used to.

photo: Pestana Rio Atlantica

8. Nature. When Mother Nature takes a scenic vacation, she heads to Rio, where the mountains march right up to the ocean’s edge. There’s even a tropical rainforest in the middle of it all. How cool is that?

photo: Leonardo Shinagawa

9. Sundays in Copacabana. What other world-class city shuts down half of its major beachside Avenida for family fun once a week? And Sundays in Ipanema mean the Hippie Faire at Praca General Osorio for arts, crafts and more.

photo: Carolina Prado Martins

10. Music! Rio isn’t just a musical city like Chicago or New Orleans. Bossa Nova and Samba rhythms are infused in every breath the city takes. Oba!

photo: Leo Gandelman

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