Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro – MSC Fantasia – 19 October 2022
Famous for its colorful carnival and fabulous beaches, as well as the dramatic entry to its cruise port, Rio de Janeiro in the south-eastern corner of Brazil has much more to offer than sun and sand. You can enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (the cable car journey up is even more spectacular!), or take a taxi up Corcovado Mountain in the Parque Nacional de Tijuca to view the city’s most famous landmark, the 30 meter-high statue of Christ the Redeemer. Make time, too, to visit Praca Floriano, the vast square at the heart of the city which is home to its exquisite Teatro Municipal opera house and close to the city’s best art gallery, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Floriana Square is also the place to catch Rio’s social life at its best – grab a beer at a pavement cafe and tap your feet to the rhythms of the Samba before exploring the shops along the 19th century Rua da Carioca.
Christ the Redeemer
You can’t miss Rio’s instantly recognizable monument of Christ the Redeemer, which has been immortalized in photography, film, and popular culture as a symbol of the city. At 125 feet tall, the statue provides a protective, watchful eye over Rio. You can hike the steps to the top if you’re craving a physical challenge, or you can take the funicular, or cable car, to the summit.
Ipanema Beach has been the subject of famous songs and attracts thousands of visitors to its shore every year. This beach is an institution of Rio and embodies the city’s laid-back spirit. Layout your beach towel or take a dip in the waters. You can easily spend a whole day at Ipanema Beach chatting with locals at nearby cafes or simply lounging beachside.
Rio is a beach-lover’s paradise, and Copacabana Beach is one of its most famous. With over 2.5 miles of beach to enjoy, you can take a long walk down the shoreline, stay for a sunset, and then head on to beachy bars and restaurants for an evening of dancing, drinks, and delicious food.