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Jenn from Arlington (Virginia) asked

If you had just one day in Brazil, Rio or Sao Palo? What's not to miss?

I'll have the opportunity to tack on 1 day in Rio or Sao Palo after a work trip.  Interested in best recs for museums or adventurous day tours; will be travelling solo. 


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answered by
Babak from Brazil

If you only have one day, the only sensible thing to do is to go and see the statue of Cristo Redentor, in Rio. Afterwards, you can sip caipirinhas on the beach in Ipanema

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Polly from Washington, DC

Rio de Janeiro, hands down. It's simply the more unique of the two cities. The only problem is choosing what to see in only one day!

If you want something more active, you could sign up for a Tijuca forest jeep tour or go hang gliding or surfing. If you're looking for museums, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is regularly listed amongst the world's top 100 museums. But honestly, if I had one day in Rio, I wouldn't bother with a museum! I'd walk along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, go up to Sugarloaf Mountain or Corcovado, maybe check out Santa Teresa and the Selaron Steps. The way the city is built around the dramatic landscape makes it really fun to experience the different neighborhoods and their views, and makes getting from one point to another an adventure of its own (in the good way).

If you do end up in São Paulo, Jenna at This Is My Happiness has some wonderful ideas about what to do and see, and is a great resource for a Sampa visit!

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Couldn't agree more!! Rio is the better choice for such a short trip. I'd really recommend hang gliding as it's a fantastic way to see the city in a unique way. Just be sure the weather is nice and not cloudy before you sign up and it's totally worth it. The beaches are top notch and laying out sipping on fresh coconut water and Caparinhas are a blissful experience not to be missed! Polly's suggestions are great if beaches aren't your thing.

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  1. Rio de Janeiro (city)
  2. Tijuca (attraction)
  3. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (attraction)
  4. Ipanema (city)
  5. Copacabana (city)
  6. Sugarloaf Mountain (attraction)
  7. Corcovado (attraction)
  8. Santa Teresa (attraction)
  9. Selaron Steps (attraction)
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