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Travelers to this area of Rio de Janeiro rub shoulders with about 6,000,000 local residents.
This destination is 580 miles southeast of the national capital of Brasilia. It's also 17 miles south of Surui.
Kick off your adventures at the well-known Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer.
Two of the best family friendly attractions are Sitio Jonosake and Rio Water Planet.
You'll find a range of native and exotic species looking back out at you as you explore the RioZoo and the Jardim Zoológico RIOZOO.
The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden plays a vital role in safeguarding the region's botanical specimens. Be sure to swing by and support the important work that they do.
Pack a picnic hamper and take it easy for a while in the peaceful, green surroundings of Parque Henrique Lage and Pedra da Gavea. There's also plenty of room for a game or two on the grass at Pedra Bonita and Parque da Cidade.
Enjoy the view over the flowing water as it crashes down into the frothing pool below at Cachoeira do Espraiado.
Discover the local wildlife with a trip to one of the area's freshwater lakes, such as Padre Lagoon or Jacone Lagoon.
Looking for a bit of rest and relaxation? Give yourself some time to check out the area's beautiful stretches of coastline. Leblon Beach or Icarai Beach should be first on your list. Prainha and Ilha da Madeira are also highly recommended.
Leave your phone in the car and give yourself a break from the modern world at Ilha Fiscal and Restinga da Marambaia. Lovers of nature will also have an excellent time at Tijuca National Park and Dois Irmaos Hill.
Broaden your horizons with some time at one of the area's fascinating cultural institutions. The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. The Museum of Image and Sound and Copacabana Fort are also well worth a visit.
Embark on a voyage to the Museu Naval and the Naval and Oceanographic Museum, a captivating day out for sea dogs and land dwellers alike.
Stop in at Planetário or the Museu da Geodiversidade to examine a wonderful range of curious artifacts and displays. To have a truly comprehensive experience, you should stop at the Astronomia e Ciencias Afins Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow.
Some think of natural museums as a place to take the children, but the fascinating collections at the Indian Museum and the Samba Museum prove that there's enough to keep the grown-ups entertained as well. You could also visit the Museu do Índio and the Museu de Ciências da Terra.
Rio de Janeiro is a frenzy of artistic activity, with galleries and exhibition spaces all over. Pay a visit to the Casa do Pontal Museum and the Museu da Chacara do Ceu and see the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the National Fine Arts Museum and the Fundação Eva Klabin are also well worth a look.
The past comes to life at the National History Museum and the Chácara do Céu Museum thanks to their range of fascinating displays. Like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Museu Histórico da Cidade and the Museu Histórico Nacional.
Discover the region's past with a visit to Arcos da Lapa or the National Library, just two of the historic buildings and sites here. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. Roberto Burle Marx Estate and the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx are also great places to check out.
A day spent at Santa Cruz Forta and Pico Fort is an excellent way to learn a little about this area's military history. Rio Branco Fort and Sao Luiz Fort are two more places that have played a vital role in protecting Rio de Janeiro from enemy attack.
Once the private abode of this region's elite families, today the gates to these most stately homes are open to visitors from all over the world. Head over and see what secrets are housed at Paco Imperial and Palacio do Catete.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and Sao Bento Monastery. You could also explore Church of Our Lady of the Glory of the Outeiro and Candelaria Church.
After seeing all the major attractions in Rio de Janeiro, take the time to see a couple of its lesser-known gems. The LOB Tennis Academy and Gloria Marina could be up your alley. Also, contemplate a trip to Bairro Peixoto and Ponte Rio-Niterói if time allows.
You won't have any difficulty sourcing the best hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Expedia's hotels guide offers 536 options in this worthwhile destination.
In Rio de Janeiro's highly sought-after top-end accommodation range are the Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Vieira Souto 80, and the Belmond Copacabana Palace, Avenida Atlantica 1702. If you find that those two don't fit with your taste and budget, the Copa Hostel or the Rio Forest Hostel are two cheaper spots that might hit the right note for you.
Vacations are about doing things you love as well as things you've never undertaken before. Are you ready to throw yourself into some interesting new experiences?
Begin your getaway in Rio de Janeiro by checking out one or two of these activities:
Head to our Rio de Janeiro things to do page for a full list.