What's free in Rio during the World Cup?

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. And Rio de Janeiro (and Sao Paulo) will be the center of the world for a month. High prices of food, accommodation and attractions are something that goes hand in hand with such a big event, especially if you’re backpacking. So we are bringing you the list of what you can see and do in Rio for free.

See one of the most visited museums in the world (and a few other ones)

Brasil rio bbccCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), the first bank in Brazil is now a museum. In 2010, it made the list of most visited museums in the world. Bank of Brazil Cultural Center is a cultural organization based in Brazil with centers in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo. The largest of the CCBB institutions is located in Rio de Janeiro, in an art-deco building designed by Francisco Joaquim Bethencourt da Silva. Similar in size is the São Paulo institution, designed in the same style by Hippolyto Pujol. The smallest of the three complexes the Brasilia branch, designed by Alba Rabelo Cunha. Both the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo branches contain theatres, cinemas, and multiple art galleries, workshops, music and educational program. If you want to find out why it is one of the most visited museum in world, go for it. It`s free to enter. http://culturabancodobrasil.com.br/portal/

The House of Rui Barbosa Museum, which is free to enter on Sundays, is an excellent way to view 19th century architecture and design in the city.

There are other free museums in Rio de Janeiro as well, such as the Casa Franca-Brasil Cultural Center, the Histórico Nacional Museum and the Museu da República (free on Wednesdays and Sundays).


City tour

In RioTur office in Copacabana (183 Av. Princesa Isabel) you can score free maps and brochures. RioTur is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Now, you are ready to explore the city. Do not miss visiting beautiful beaches like Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon and the best free viewpoint in Rio, Arpoador; the point at which Ipanema and Copacabana meet.


Free dance and music

There are often free performances on Sunday evenings around 7 or 8 p.m. near Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. You will not find any information about the shows in local newspapers so it`s best to go there and see what's happening. It’s really a wonderful way to spend the evening. For free!



Catedral Metropolitana

Rio’s Metropolitan Cathedral is quite the architectural statement. Thrusting stained-glass windows and the cross of Jesus dangling just above the altar, held aloft by six steel cables, are impressive, and with a capacity of 20,000 (5,000 seating), the 10am Mass on Sundays is a rousing affair. http://www.catedral.com.br/


Instituto Moreira Salles

Every Saturday at 5pm a free concert, dance performance or art workshop is held for children, and the cinema is regularly given over to retrospectives of great names from the world of film.

Address: Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476 - Gávea


Christ the Redeemer

The statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931. until 2010. when it was topped by the Christ the King statue in Poland. It is 30 meters (98 ft.) tall, not including its 8 meters (26 ft.) pedestal. Its arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft.) wide. It weighs 635 tons and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft.) Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.


Pedra da GaveaTijuca Forest

The Tijuca Forest is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This is a very large preserve with lush jungle and varied animal life, including monkeys. Be sure to go to tourist Centre and get a map. Entrance is FREE for solo wondering, but you will have to spring out if you want to use services from tour agencies (check several of them before booking because prices vary).

It is claimed to be the world's largest urban forest, covering approx 32 km². The forest shares its name with bairros or neighborhoods of Tijuca and Barra da Tijuca that contain its entrances. It is a mountainous region, which encompasses the Tijuca Massif. The Forest contains a number of attractions, most notably the fore mentioned colossal sculpture of Christ the Redeemer. Don`t miss other attractions like Cascatinha Waterfall, the Mayrink Chapel with murals painted by Cândido Portinari, the light pagoda-style gazebo at Vista Chinesa outlook, the giant granite picnic table called the Mesa do Imperador and the very impressive Stone of Gávea mountain. If you become hungry there is a Floresta restaurant with amazing view and a former residence of the Baron of Escragnolle, today Os Esquilos restaurant. After meal you can go to the recreation area, Fairy`s Lake, Waterfall of the Souls and Way of the Souls and enjoy the amazing nature.


Palácio no Parque LageParque Lage

This is a MUST see. Located near the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, Parque Lage is a perfect place to relax and enjoy. Rows of Royal Palms leading from the gates to the house, ponds, artificial caves, a water fountain, bridges, kiosks, and a playground are some of the attractions. But if you want to go there for hiking, do not go by yourself even if you are experienced hiker. Take a guide because there are numbers of trails and you can easily be lost.

Last modified on Sunday, 18 May 2014 09:18

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