Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Wondering what to do in Rio de Janeiro if you didn’t come in February or March for Carnival? There are plenty of other classic things to do in Rio de Janeiro.
New Year's Eve, also known as the Reveillon, is another main event, with traditions such as wearing white clothes and making offers to the oceans, for the Iemanja, the goddess of the Sea. The Jardim Botânico is one of the greatest botanical gardens, in both size and reputation, in the world; it has groves of cocoa and rubber trees, as well as giant Amazonian water lilies—some more than three feet across—that float in ponds.
What to do in Rio de Janeiro with kids? Don't miss Mil Frutas, the shop near the Jardim Botânico that has perhaps not a thousand, but more than a hundred flavors of natural ice creams and sorbets. Mil Frutas makes its frozen desserts by hand, when fruits like the tropical jungle cupuaçu and berries from the açaí palm are in-season. Rare flavors range from avocado and pineapple-cilantro to French toast. Scoops are relatively pricey, but you can ask for samples first.
Get to Know that Girl from Ipanema with the mile-long, 300-foot-deep white-sand beach which inspired the song. It has granite peaks and a jungle-covered range as its backdrop, and its palm-tree-lined boardwalk is made for strolling and great people watching. Four blocks inland, however, is Garota de Ipanema, the bar where, legend has it, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Morais wrote the song “The Girl from Ipanema,” and where you can still hear live bossa nova.
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