Rio de Janeiro Hidden Gem Attractions

Rio de Janeiro Hidden Gem Activities

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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,258 contributions
    This is a lovely beach to visit if it isn't crowded. I found it to be less of a headache than Copacabana and less busy than Ipanema. It is one of the areas you should check out and explore when you first arrive in Rio so it stands out a bit in your memory.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • Jack Miller
    Czech Republic26 contributions
    Beauty. It is an unmissable visit for all visitors. It comes easily. There are no lines to enter and they do not charge entrance. For lovers of architecture and art it is an incredible place.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • chelsealynne
    Pensacola, FL897 contributions
    I did the waterfall hike and it was amazing. It was very crowded for a Monday at the first two waterfalls we didn’t even take photos there instead we continued down a difficult path with chains and ropes to the third waterfall which was beautiful and though there were several people around it was still possible to get in the waterfall alone. My brother and I were the only gringos here. The trail continues past the third waterfall to a bunch of small waterfalls just beautiful. These are the things that make me
    Love life. I got a ton of bug bites I don’t think they were mosquitoes. I forgot to reapply bug spray after getting out of the waterfall. The bites are still on my legs a week later.
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • Sellest
    Bushey, UK4,649 contributions
    Came here a couple of weeks ago with my partner and our 12 year old. This place is definitely worth a quick pop in if you are passing or in the area. The inside of the building is stunning (from the beautiful ceilings to the stunning floor and, of course all the books) and it reminded me of something you might see in a Harry Potter film. It is a small place, so you would only be looking at a 10 to 15 minute stop, but, well worth it!
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Jake
    Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
    I had a perception in my mind of the history of Brazil being rather ruthless. This exhibit did not make me feel that way. It made me feel like it was definitely the perspective of the Portuguese. I wanted to learn more about the truth and brutality of the African slave trade and the wars the with indigenous people. This exhibit seemed to focus more on the Portuguese. I don't think that is a bad thing but just wanted a more holistic approach to their history. I am a history nerd and I studied Brazilian history online almost every night while in Rio. This exhibit left me almost with more questions than answers, and I found that the stuff online was almost better than this exhibit.
    Written 20 March 2020
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  • MalinsWorld
    Ko Chang, Thailand48 contributions
    We love the Santa Teresa part of Rio de Janeiro, it's galleries and the good bars and the delicious food. Great for an afternoon in the galleries and the afternoon turning into night with bars and dancing.
    Written 30 November 2021
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  • Jack Miller
    Czech Republic26 contributions
    A tour of ancient Jerusalem, a well-designed model, rich in detail and having your own very friendly and knowledgeable local guide to history, this place is worth visiting, it exudes incredible peace and learning.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • Christian D
    Brasilia, DF62 contributions
    Almost private beach not known to many people, is mainly used by locals , so excellent to feel like a Carioca !
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • julie260
    Paignton, UK132 contributions
    You book this on their website. Tours are 9:30 and 13:30. We had an English speaking guide and shared him with some Dutch people. We took an Uber there and found our own way back using the local bus which connected to the BRT Metro bus. Surprisingly straightforward. Gardens and the house are spectacular and the tour was very well organised.Took about 1:5 hours. Cheap as well 10 reals entry, or half price if over 60! Don't miss it if you are in Rio area.
    Written 2 March 2020
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  • IpanemaGuys
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ79 contributions
    If your visit requires a historic church this is possibly the best one in town. Covered with gold that reminds you of the wealth that was Brasil it's stunning
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Simonest
    Windhoek, Namibia855 contributions
    My first time there and we were just amazed by the vibrant and colorful Rio de Janeiro. That was what I was looking for as local experience. But be close to the group who is playing because of the crowds and noise you almost can’t not listen it perfectly. We went there around 11 pm and it was still going on. The band played till 1 am and after the party goes through the streets and bars!
    Written 12 September 2019
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    We took a short walk as we visited the Sugar Loaf. The trail takes you to a scenic green part up to the first part of the sugar loaf mountain. You get to see some wildlife.

    However the trail soon gets strenuous and you need to be fit and have suitable clothing.

    If you skip this part, you can walk along a trail inside the sugar loaf as well.
    Written 19 May 2020
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  • Trekkieboots
    Dublin, Ireland592 contributions
    After learning the history of this place I thought it so apt that it is now used as a cultural centre. It must have been beautiful in its heyday. Would love to visit when there is something on. The views from the top of the house are spectacular with a different twist on Rio than some of the other sights.

    Free to enter and ramble around. Worth a look if you are in this neighbourhood.
    Written 30 November 2020
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  • Alex G
    Lightwater, UK54 contributions
    Our kids always enjoy visiting historical houses, stately homes etc, mainly due to the grandeur... this did not disappoint them. Well worth an hour or two. The audio guides are only R$5 and well worth it.
    Written 31 August 2019
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  • FernandaTelles
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ98 contributions
    If you're curious about old Rio, this is as close as you can get and it's onle about 40 minutes away from the city by ferry boat. It's easily done in a day and totally worth it.
    Written 21 June 2017
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