Many of you might be planning your visit to Rio de Janeiro, of course for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Great! You will probably spend a major deal of your time at Maracana Stadium, which is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Numerous football legends have shown their talent in this stadium and seven football matches this stadium is going to host for FIFA 2014. Even after spending a great deal of your time at the stadium, you will certainly be left with some time that you can utilize in appreciating the beauty of Rio de Janeiro.
Do not just concentrate on the world cup, as this amazing Brazilian city has much more to offer the tourists visiting there. Besides sporting extravaganza, Rio has ultimate landscapes, cultural heritage, and charm that are more than enough to mesmerize a traveler. You cannot afford to miss such wonderful opportunity of exploring incredible attractions in Rio. Here comes a list of things you can do when you are not watching a football match in Rio de Janeiro.
Shop at the Ipanema Hippie Fair:
This fair somehow started as a small affair in 1960’s in the Praca General Osorio, in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio where hippies used to sell crafts. Since then the fair takes place on every Sunday and is a one-stop place for shopaholics. The fair offers a wide range of things ranging from trendy clothes and jewelry, to classic Brazilian craft and art. You will love the Brazilian food that you will get at food stalls.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer
This statue stands majestically on the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in Rio. It is 30 meters tall with 28 meters wide arms and the pedestal on which the statue stands is 26feet in height. The statue stands at the top of the hill, overlooking the entire city. You can climb up the hill by the vertical cog train and have spectacular views of the city from top.
If you love spending time on beaches, then Copacabana beach in Brazil is a must visit place for you where you can lay back on the white sand and enjoy nature at its best. Drink cocktails, do surfing and take a dip in the sea.
Want to take merrymaking to a higher level with dancing? If yes, then do visit the area where you will find best samba and choro bars, and a wide variety of sophisticated and adulterous bars. Visiting this place will acquaint you with the local culture of Rio de Janeiro in a unique and a pleasant way.