How To Spend A Day In Port In Rio De Janeiro

Port Day: Rio de Janeiro

From Tijuca National Park to Ipanema, we've got you covered here.


Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
  • Start with coffee and an excellent pain au chocolat at La Bicyclette, a French cafĂ© at the entrance to Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, planted in 1808 at the foot of Corcovado Mountain. The garden’s highlights include stately royal palms, giant water lilies, and more than 600 types of orchids.
  • Explore Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forests in the world, with your driver en route to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Tip: The park’s Vista Chinesa gazebo offers magnificent (and less crowded) views.
  • Break for lunch and caipirinhas at hilltop AprazĂ­vel in Santa Teresa, one of Rio’s oldest colonial neighborhoods. Owner Ana Castilho serves wild duck, prawns, and other Brazilian favorites in open-air tree houses in her former home’s garden.
  • You can’t come to Rio without visiting Ipanema: Shop the city’s top fashion boutiques, browse the local craft market, or just relax by the beach and watch the locals play footvolley – a combination of soccer and volleyball. There’s always time for one last caipirinha!
– Augusto Simas, travel agency owner, Rio

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