Best Rio de Janeiro Hidden Gem Attractions

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Best Rio de Janeiro Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, VA2,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We toured this park with a guide in a car. We stopped at a number of view points with very nice views of Rio. It's a very luch forest/jungle particularly considering it's in the middle of a huge city. There are quite a few places to hike/bike for those inclined to do so.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • Annemarie K
    Ypsilanti, MI32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous library, looks like it was from an Old World castle or a monastery.
    All four walls are lined with medieval books, though it is also a research library. It is a little hard to find, so a guided tour may be helpful here.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Steve D
    Divonne-les-Bains, France799 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a contrast between outside which is very plain and ordinary and the inside which is just breathtaking with its detail and so ornate.

    One of the most impressive I have seen and such a shock when you enter.

    I am very glad our guide took us there.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Jack Miller
    Czech Republic25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour of ancient Jerusalem, a well-designed model, rich in detail and having your own very friendly and knowledgeable local guide to history, this place is worth visiting, it exudes incredible peace and learning.
    Written June 16, 2020
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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a lovely beach to visit if it isn't crowded. I found it to be less of a headache than Copacabana and less busy than Ipanema. It is one of the areas you should check out and explore when you first arrive in Rio so it stands out a bit in your memory.
    Written December 31, 2020
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  • Sid O
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chilled-out, secluded beach spot. The only drawback is that cell phone reception is very bad so it's hard to get an Uber when it's time to leave. The restaurant near the entrance will let you use their internet though.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • Alex G
    Lightwater, UK87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our kids always enjoy visiting historical houses, stately homes etc, mainly due to the grandeur... this did not disappoint them. Well worth an hour or two. The audio guides are only R$5 and well worth it.
    Written August 31, 2019
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom55,874 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took a short walk as we visited the Sugar Loaf. The trail takes you to a scenic green part up to the first part of the sugar loaf mountain. You get to see some wildlife.

    However the trail soon gets strenuous and you need to be fit and have suitable clothing.

    If you skip this part, you can walk along a trail inside the sugar loaf as well.
    Written May 19, 2020
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  • Jake
    Minneapolis, MN122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a perception in my mind of the history of Brazil being rather ruthless. This exhibit did not make me feel that way. It made me feel like it was definitely the perspective of the Portuguese. I wanted to learn more about the truth and brutality of the African slave trade and the wars the with indigenous people. This exhibit seemed to focus more on the Portuguese. I don't think that is a bad thing but just wanted a more holistic approach to their history. I am a history nerd and I studied Brazilian history online almost every night while in Rio. This exhibit left me almost with more questions than answers, and I found that the stuff online was almost better than this exhibit.
    Written March 20, 2020
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  • 454lindylou
    Central Portugal, Portugal929 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a strenuous walk, but lots of places to rest. We didn't see one marmoset, but I suppose that depends on the time of day you go......
    Written May 8, 2023
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  • Christian D
    Brasilia, DF67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost private beach not known to many people, is mainly used by locals , so excellent to feel like a Carioca !
    Written October 10, 2019
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  • Steve
    London, UK919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ruins are a short walk from the tram stop in Santa Teresa ands are well worth a diversion. There are great photo opportunities overlooking sugarloaf mountain. From here it is also only a short walk to the Selaron steps.
    Written July 25, 2023
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  • Tom G
    San Diego, CA239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rio has dozens of neighborhoods worth visiting to get a feeling for local culture, character, and color. Santa Teresa is nestled on a hillside overlooking central Rio. Known for its colonial charm and bohemian vibe, it attracts artists, musicians, and intellectuals. The narrow, winding, cobblestone streets are lined with beautifully preserved colonial houses, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.

    We visited the Selarón Steps, an iconic work of art created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, showcasing a vibrant mosaic of tiles. A mix of tourists, artists, photographers, and locals wend their way up and around to get the best angles for photographing the most interesting (religious, humorous, outrageous cartoons). Many get to this area from the city center on the Santa Teresa Tram, a historic tramway system that has been operating since 1877.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom55,874 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was originally a customs house and a spectacular one at that.

    It is now a museum located in an island in Guanabara Bay.

    We went past it on a ferry trip which gave us a closer look. It can also be viewed from many other vantage points in Rio.
    Written September 23, 2020
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  • Marcus Sodré
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inasmuch as the hardship imposed to whoever dares to try and single out the most beautiful attraction in Rio with its natural beauty competing as exuberant vegetation, mountainous high green hills next to lagoons & to the thin white sandy beaches indeed one could still consider Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio as one of the most beautiful places to visit in town. Yet you must be attracted to art, in general, to take the fullest advantage of the experience: stroll inside and outside of the museum, a feast for mind & soul. Enjoy whatever exhibitions might be featured, go to the movies there, and wrap it all up with a noteworthy quick meal at the local restaurant. The whole ambiance is far more impressive than the individual sum of its parts.
    Written May 2, 2022
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