With the Olympics coming in summer 2016, the city has never been more alive—and visitors will delightedly find a wide-ranging selection of things to ... Read More
With the Olympics coming in summer 2016, the city has never been more alive—and visitors will delightedly find a wide-ranging selection of things to do in Rio de Janeiro, whether they’re after an experience that’s classic, adventurous, or relaxing. Start with the well-known sites: Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain will not disappoint. But Rio’s museum scene is heating up, too. The new Museo de Arte do Rio is not to be missed, even if just for its award-winning architectural design. 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.