Things to do in Zona Sul (South Zone)

Top 10 Things to Do in Zona Sul (South Zone), Rio de Janeiro

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  • Timbo
    3 contributions
    There is no where else on Earth like this - what an experience! The staff are incredibly well-trained & patient. A must-do on the bucket list!
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY531 contributions
    Magnificent.

    I suggest to go with the little train and book online at least the day before to avoid surprises. Do not go with bad weather, it would be a waste.

    The view of Rio is Beautiful and the monument fantastic. I don't give 5 stars because it's not short-breadthening like pyramids of Giza or the Coliseum in Rome, but it's close. :)
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • DavidL
    Zwolle, Overijssel30 contributions
    Such a beautiful park, it is really worth going here. The trees, the birds, amazing! Just keep in mind that they don't accept card payments, so bring some cash.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    You have two options to get to the top of the Urca Hill. The traditional is by the cable car, but you can also take the easy trail thta starts somewhere in the middle of Claudio Coutinho´s walk (it begins at the left side of the beach).
    There you will find some options of food and snacks.
    With some luck, you will see planes landing on the Santos Dummont airport maneuvering just a couple of hundreds meters in from of you. (also is a nice experience to get on one of these flights)
    Written 29 January 2021
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  • Manny
    Londrina, PR10 contributions
    Beautifull city filled with colors and peeople. Really cool place. Amazing experience like no other placed I go to. Very interesting! A place where you are feeling welcome. Food close is good to ate.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA2,910 contributions
    A must do if you’re in Rio! We were approached by a sales lady who offered a van service that would take us on top of the visitor center and include two additional viewpoint for R50 each person round trip, so we agreed to it. The van service took us to this great view of Rio - it’s about half way to visitor center. Then it drove us the visitor center afterwards. Beautiful view!
    Written 6 March 2022
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  • yaf111
    Brussels, Belgium174 contributions
    Very nice beach in Ipanema, less people, great waves, close to Arpoador Hotel where you can have a drink in their stunning view terrace.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY531 contributions
    Fot the tips about security and robberies, please check online. My perception was that if you go without phone and credit cards, but with swim suit with zip keeping with you few cas, you should be fine.

    For the rest, go there late in the afternoon before the sunset. Walk on the beach and see all the brazilians playing football listening to samba music. Go to La murete to admire the violet and orangish sunset drinking a good caipirinha.

    The morning, check when is the sunrise e go there... It is the most beautiful fire in the sky i have ever see. Maybe go in front of posto 5 where there are always organized group of people doing cardio so you are not alone
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • German F
    Milan, Italy172 contributions
    Beautiful lush park where you can walk and immerse yourself in nature. The villa located there is also very beautiful.
    Written 5 September 2021
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  • Sam M
    1 contribution
    Beautiful view! Fun favela mototaxi

    I went with my girlfriend in Jan 2022. We ubered to the base of Vidigal and then got a mototaxi for R5 each to the base of the trail. They knew what we were coming for and there were about 20 guys there. They look like they primarily take people who live in the favela up to their houses. At the base of the trail there was a guy who made us pay an additional R5 each to get on the trail. It felt off the books and we protested, but we don’t speak portugese and then didn’t really mind paying one more dollar.

    The hike was beautiful. We had views of Rochina off the back of the trail and then incredible views of the whole city, Christ the Redeemer, Lagoa, Leblon and Ipanema once at the top.

    On the way down we started walking down because the taxis don’t wait at the base, but waved down two mototaxis quickly and they returned us to the base.

    Highly recommend.
    Written 27 January 2022
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  • Manfred Hans B
    Jupiter, FL2,070 contributions
    we have been to fabulous " Rio " three times... this City has lots of entry. Next to Ipanema Beach , Leblon Beach is directly connected to it. This is the upper class neighborhood. The beach is wide, always clean ( Rio has special Beach Cleaning Crews, Dressed in a green uniform ) . Come early when it is not too crowded. Since you are close to Ipanema is the Bar/ Restaurant " Garota de Ipanema " where the song " the Girl from Ipanema was composed... check out this fantastic setting... enjoy Rio and Leblon Beach...
    Written 16 May 2021
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  • Sellest
    Bushey, UK4,649 contributions
    Ok, it does get a bit crowded here, so trying to get photos without other tourists in is a bit difficult, but, what a beautiful place. I loved the colours and the overall effect of the tiles. I enjoyed looking at the different tiles and what they depicted and represented and, yes, with a little bit of patience (and I was in no rush - after all I was on holiday) I did manage to get some good photos. If you are in Rio you really can't miss this out.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Toshi N
    5 contributions
    some people are unaware of this attraction, even because it is not advertised as it belongs to the Brazilian army! The prices are ridiculously low but the visit even for foreigners is very surprising. Canhoes from the time of the first war and the view of the beach from another angle are worth the visit. Having a beer or a drink at dusk I win that beach is one of my definitions of peace of mind!
    Written 10 September 2021
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  • Random Chinese Guy
    67 contributions
    Overall, Vermelha Beach aka the red beach is an underrated beach with amazing views and is another worthwhile place to visit for those in the area.

    It is literally within walking distance of the Sugarloaf cable car, and could be a nice place to check out before or after going up the mountain.

    Compared to more popular beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, it calmer and more relaxing vibe. Vendors aren't as aggressive and the beach is even quieter on weekdays.

    It also doesn't hurt that it is located right next to a military base and police headquarter - perhaps giving the tourist an extra sense of security.

    To get a better idea of vibe on the beach - check out my Sugarloaf Mountain video on my Youtube channel by clicking the link in my bi.
    Written 5 December 2019
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  • carlosmp
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,595 contributions
    This beautiful venue is a masterpiece of nature, just facing corcovado cliff
    And the Christ. However, I advise to take care these times! Too many people
    Strolling, many without any epidemic protections. I think it os a dangerous place to go in times of pandemics.
    Written 18 July 2020
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