Rio de Janeiro is a dramatic city with one-of-a-kind flair. Whether you’re planning side trips to take during the 2016 Summer Olympics or contemplating an escape to Rio on your next free week, you’ll be wowed by the gorgeous scenery and the brilliant, easy-going culture.
Here are the top 10 Rio attractions that you can’t go home without seeing:
At 125 feet tall, including the pedestal, this giant statue is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The statue is perched at an elevation of 2,300 feet atop Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. You can drive or take the tram up to the mountaintop.
Come and be overwhelmed by Brazil’s biodiversity. Over 6,500 species of plants and 140 types of birds are on display in this large, naturalistic garden. Orchids, bromeliads and cacti native to the entire country are gathered in one place to give you a true taste of Brazil’s biological treasures.