The best place to enjoy the fusion of mountain and sea is the Pao de Acucar or Sugar Loaf Mountain. The mountain tip gives a splendid view of the Guanabara Bay and Botafogo beach. The ancient open air cable that was used in the 1930s is on display. The first hill of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the Morro da Urca. It is 215 meters high and is climbed and hiked by people every day.
Copacabana is a famous beach with a background of sharp hills and dense jungle. There are many restaurants on the beach side to enjoy food with a replenishing view of the beach.
The aqueduct used in the colonial era and which is now, a famous landmark is the Lapa Arches. It now serves as a viaduct to trams that connect the landmark to the downtown. It is also known as Aqueduto da Carioca.
A good place to enjoy shopping, good food, bar and discotheques is the Barra da Tijuca. It also has a beach where the visitors can windsurf, surf and body board. It is not as crowded as Copacabana.
The fortress, built in 1618, still stands as well liked tourist spot. The place is remodeled with new weapons and cannons. It is called as Fortaleza de Sao Joao. It also has a private beach that is currently used by military staff.
A library built in 1887 stands with more than 350 thousand volumes of books. The Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, is dedicated to Portuguese literature. The reading room of the library attracts many tourists.
Lagoa is a saltwater lagoon which is a favorable place for joggers, cyclists and egrets. There are many restaurants around the lagoon with garden settings and bamboo furniture. Near Lagoa, there is an exotic botanical Garden, Jardim Botanico with 137 hectares of blooming plants, orchid collections and many tropical species.
Maracan stadium is the sports landmark of Brazil. With a capacity of 2 million people, it is the world’s largest capacity stadium. Now the seating has been reduced to 80 thousand due to safety constraints. The stadium is getting rebuilt for 2014 World Cup.
The Latin Cross church built in 1775, Candelaria Church is an example of colonial architecture with window designs of Baroque, façade design of Neoclassical architecture. Prainha beach is a half moon shaped beach, surrounded by rocks and cliffs. It is one of the popular surfing spots.
The National History Museum brings in numerous paintings, shrines and other exhibits that explain the economic and social history of Brazil. It was originally an ammunition depot and fort and now, it is filled with exhibits devoted to the history of Brazil. Beyond these landmarks, Rio is filled with many theatres, bars and clubs, to enjoy a colorful night life.