Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes Between the Mountain and the Sea
Of all the places you will visit in Brazil, none gets as many visitors as the Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea. They were inscribed into the list of World Heritage Sites in 2012. The actual property occupies an area of 7,249 hectares but it has been given a buffer zone that measures 8621 hectares. Several aspects of the area inspired the listing into the World Heritage List. They include;
1. The Tijuca National Park
2. The Botanical Gardens
3. The Corcovado Mountain
4. Hills surrounding Guanabara Bay
5. The scenic landscapes of Copacabana Bay
If you couple these attractions to the fact that the city of Rio is one of the most celebrated carnival, entertainment, and gastronomy centers in the world, you have right there the mix that will draw millions of travelers – and on this front, the region does not disappoint. It is the most visited place in South America.
Rio, as most people love referring Rio de Janeiro, is a city almost favored by gods. It is nestled on alluvial plains and is surrounded by beautiful mountains that feature rich vegetation, and it is also located on the Atlantic shores. It also neighbors the beautiful Guanabara Bay that is characterized with steep cone shaped massifs such as Sugar Loaf, Cara de Cao, Urca and Corcovado that also has the celebrated Christ Statue. The Tijuca massif rises to the height of 1021 meters and is the highest point in Rio.
Trust me; there is possibly no better destination in the world than the Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea. It combines the city life with the natural beauty of the tropical Brazil. You can dance yourself to exhaustion and in 15 minutes you are on the sea shore enjoying the night landscapes of the city of Rio. You can be hiking on a leafy massif and still smell the sweet aromas of feijoada dish cooking in the Brazilian kitchens.
Although this destination is a little bit pricier than the average Brazilian destination, it is still way cheaper than European destinations and you can still have fun with a lean budget. Make sure your visit counts for something.