When headed away on business, most people don’t really get to sightsee in the city they’re in. They are stuck in offices and conference rooms going to meeting after meeting. On your next scheduled business trip to Rio, it’s imperative that you get out there and explore this beautiful city. Add a day onto your trip or squeeze a few hours out of the day to make the most of your business trip in your free time.
One of the best parts about traveling to Rio is taking in all the historical and natural beauties this part of the world offers. Here’s what you can see and do after work hours and on weekends.
Barra da Tijuca
This scenic 11-mile stretch of coastline, flanked by its popular shopping center, offers more of a laidback, relaxed experience than its busier counterparts of Copacabana and Ipanema. The crystal clear, clean water is perfect for water sports such as windsurfing and body-boarding. After enjoying the sun, head to many of the shops, bars, clubs, restaurants and kiosks for affordable souvenirs and sustenance.
Nestled on an island in Guanabara Bay, this stately neo-Gothic castle is a sight to behold. Constructed in 1889, this historic landmark features hardwood mosaic floors, gorgeous stained glass windows, and a formal Ceremonial Room typically used for Navy events. Take a guided tour Thursday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you’re a senior, teacher or student, you get a discounted tour rate.
Made up of 340 acres, you can’t miss this botanical paradise featuring 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora. Created in 1808 in an effort to acclimate spices imported from other areas of the globe, Regent Prince D. João opened this grand garden to the public in 1822. This was a great gathering spot for anyone from tourists to local artists seeking inspiration. Today, it also serves as an esteemed botany and ecology research center.
Surely, you’ll have some time at night to take in the local crowd. Head to Avenida Mem de Sá where you’ll find Lapa – the local hot spot for samba. This neighborhood is the place to be at night in Rio, with its tapas bars, cocktail bars, samba clubs and live music venues. If you love to dance, don’t miss Rio Scenarium, a popular three-story club offering craft cocktails and a vintage appeal. Other places to hit include Lapa 40 Graus and Clube Dos Democraticos.
Soccer fan? You have to take in a game at Maracanã in Rio. It first opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup that year. It underwent a $500 million renovation in 2013 before it played host to the 2014 World Cup, going on to serve as the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Games.
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