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3 days in State of Rio de Janeiro

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3 days in State of Rio de Janeiro
Each day offers a different theme, pace and feel to Rio de Janiero. Orient yourself with scenic overviews on Day 1, discover cultural highlights on Day 2, and relax at the beaches on Day 3.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Day 1
Corcovado
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Corcovado

1) Reaching Cosme Velho  Corcovado Station, a 19th century station from where a cog-train departs to the Christ statue, is located at Cosme Velho, a... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer)
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Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer)

The view is undoubtedly fabulous but as views go, sunset at Sugar Loaf surpasses this city panorama. The statue has recently been cleaned and... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
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Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Theatro Municipal Do Rio De Janeiro
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Theatro Municipal Do Rio De Janeiro

Whether to attend a show or take a tour, it’s worth seeing this lavish 1909 theater, filled with gilded mirrors, statues, murals, stained-glass windows and sparkling chandeliers.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao do Rio De Janeiro
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Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao do Rio De Janeiro

With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. Acoustics are "heavenly" here!

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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National History Museum
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National History Museum

Originally a fort and ammunition depot, the National History Museum today houses permanent and temporary exhibitions marking the social and economic history of Brazil. HIghlights include an extensive numismatic collection, a sacred art exhibit of shrines and paintings, and an exhibit devoted to carriages and transportation.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil
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Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

The CCBB is a cultural center that consists of exhibition rooms, three theaters, a library, cinema, and a video room. It is housed in an art deco style building located in what used to be the financial district of Rio de Janeiro.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

Popularized by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," this world-famous beach gives foreign visitors a sense of life in Rio, displaying a cross-section of different lifestyles, chic boutiques and eateries and luxurious apartment buildings.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

Avenida Atlantica, with the iconic wavy sidewalk mosaic of Roberto Burle Marx, is ideal for strolling along Copacabana Beach. It is lined with beachside kiosks offering refreshments such as a chilled coconut, and at the far end is a quaint area where fishermen bring their fresh catch ashore.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Plataforma
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Plataforma

The Plataforma Samba Show represents the rhythmic and colorful dances of Brazilian folklore, often featuring the prior year's Carnival winning Samba school dancers. There is the option to have dinner before the show, but the real attraction is the Samba dance performances.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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