The River of January, the River of Desire

Having discovered Guanabara Bay on the 1st of January 1506 the Portuguese decided to name the river for the month they had discovered it and so Rio de Janeiro came to be. After discovering this marvel of a place they then decided not to leave. With the beautiful coast leading up to the lush, green mountains and beautiful scenery, who would ever want to leave?

Christ the Redeemer

Probably the most recognizable sight and destination in Rio. Christo Redento, in Portuguese, stands about 30 meters tall and his all-encompassing and all-embracing arms stretch out 28 meters. With over 1 800 000 people visiting this site every year, you would be remiss not to pay him a visit. Within the base of the giant statue is a chapel where services, weddings, and baptisms are held.

Tijuca National Park

Surrounding Christ the Redeemer is Tijuca National Park. It is one of the largest forests found within the borders of a city in the world. It boasts a wonderful assortment of endemic flora and fauna species, keeping true to Brazilian heritage.

One can also pay a visit to this national park’s waterfalls, with some sending water plummeting 30 whole meters to the ground.

One could simply get lost hiking up and down this mountainous forest as well as paying a visit to the museum which has several local artworks on display.

Being atop a mountain, one will find numerous places to absorb the wonderful cityscape of Rio from the national park, which is especially beautiful in the night time with all the lights lighting up the night sky.

With a warm climate, beautiful sights and exciting activities to partake in Rio de Janeiro is definitely a bucket list destination to visit and enjoy. Make sure to visit, you will never want to leave.