Discover our 6-step path to visit downtown Rio on foot. We can not discover Rio de Janeiro without visiting the downtown area known as Centro. Known worldwide for its Carnival , the city has other advantages. Land of diversity, it offers travelers a new experience in each of its districts.
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The tour of downtown Rio, called Centro, will visit rather week. One of the best ways to access the city center where the verticality master the subway. There is no security problem in a week. Sights include a shopping district where you can find everything, colonial monuments, skyscrapers, etc ...
Feel free to wander around the Centro for a few hours. We suggest you follow our route.
First, here is the map of our tourist route in the city of Rio with the location of our six key steps that will make the visit easier district.
Get off at the metro station Cinelandia. The journey time is about half an hour from the neighborhoods of Ipanema or Copacabana. Arrived at the exit, climbing escalators for those who have not seen before that parts of the sea, is the shock! We meet businessmen in suits, workers everywhere. The city is abuzz in every avenue, every street. Visit Rio de Janeiro is also discover shops of all kinds, in profusion in the Centro. Our course therefore begins in the heart of Rio Modern, ie in the middle of office towers and large residential buildings not to mention buildings in colonial style. And it is precisely the contrast between these architectural styles makes our enchanting tour of downtown.
The Municipal Theatre, Rio Branco Avenue, is the most spectacular monument area. Floriano The site is itself a point of making sure the Cariocas. She is particularly animates the afternoon when the terraces are filled.
Lagoa Carioca is a large pedestrian square There are often vendors of all kinds:. Crafts, souvenirs, trinkets ... The Convent of Santo Antonio dominates the square The church is one of the oldest in the city.. You are advised to climb the stairs built on the hill to reach the church. Panoramic views of the place is nice and the site allows you to get away from the crowd a few moments. For information, visit the church pays.
You'll definitely want to eat during the visit of the city center. We tested two addresses we highly recommend. A lunch break? Here are two typical and essential contacts:
The confeitaria Colombo. Rua Gonçalves. Confectionery Art Nouveau. Excellent coffee and cakes. Cher.
Predilectum. 170, Rua do Rosario. Restaurant weight. Lots of choices (vegetables, meat, fish, ...). Friendly service. Friendly atmosphere. Frequented by many Cariocas. If you want a coffee at the end of your meal, it is free and self-service. Facing the checkout. This is the case in many restaurants.
Here we are in our fourth stage immersed in the merchant district Saara. Many pedestrian travel this lively neighborhood. Visiting the area can live like a Carioca by visiting the many shops in disguise. Carnival oblige! There are also many stalls of colorful clothes, antiques or antique dealers. Immersion and scenery guaranteed among the Cariocas, residents of Rio.
You can also visit the Cathedral of Rio. You can not miss it when we walk in the center of Rio de Janeiro. In fact, its original form pyramid-shaped surprises and soon attracted the eye.
Very unusual and modern at the architecture, the cathedral attracted or put off visitors. In fact, outside it looks like a great pyramid of concrete very cold 80 meters high. Inside you will find many stained glass windows completely abstract.
The plus is the night when the pyramid is illuminated with a set of lights visible from the heights of the Santa Teresa neighborhood, for example. We lived the moment and it will remain true that a highlight of our stay in Rio. Glass in hand, we were fascinated by the sight of Centro and its cathedral illuminated, glittering in his heart.
This step allows the sixth to capture a picture of Lapa aqueduct where the tram or drain that allowed linking the city center to the Santa Teresa neighborhood traveling. This is due to a fatal accident in August 2011 that the line was closed. Re-commissioning is scheduled for 2014. A good point: the tram line will be secure, modernized and renovated water.