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Itinerary: Rio in 4 days – What to do in the City

Itinerary: Rio in 4 days – What to do in the City

Have you planned your so expected trip to the wonderful city, but have just a few days to enjoy it? We have here the perfect itinerary for you to enjoy the best points of the city in a short time. See our itinerary: Rio in 4 days!

ITINERARY FOR RIO IN 4 DAYS

The city of Rio de Janeiro is very complete, offers a lot of nature and beautiful beaches, has a historic center, as well as museums and tourist attractions that are very popular with tourists. If your idea is to take advantage of all of this in your travel plans, here is a guide to help you with that.

We will separate the days according to the attractions that are closest, making it easier to make the most of available points.

1 º DAY: FREE WALKING TOUR + DOWNTOWN

WALKING TOUR DOWNTOWN AND LAPA

Our first tip is, before anything, join our Walking Tour Downtown and Lapa. The purpose of our tour is to give a general idea of the city to you, the visitor. We walk a good part of the historic city center.

Some of the points visited in the center are the beautiful Confeitaria Colombo, the Imperial Palace, the Cinelândia Square and the Selarón Stairs. All of this, in the company of a spirited walker who will explain the curious facts and historical details of these points and also take the opportunity to meet people from other countries and make friends.

DOWNTOWN

Since you are in the city center, take advantage of this opportunity and discover other points in this region. There are some art and cultural spaces in the center of Rio. Some examples are: the National Library, the Municipal Theater, the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura and the Tiradentes Palace 

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In the port area of the city are some other interesting sights such as: the AquaRio, the Museum of Tomorrow, the Museum de Art of Rio and the Mural das Etnias.

There are many other museums and cultural centers available for visitation, if you want to get more details see our text about Museums in Rio de Janeiro 

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2 º DAY: CHRIST THE REDEEMER + SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN + BOTANICAL GARDEN

CHRIST THE REDEEMER + SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN

For the second day of your trip, we reserve the most popular attractions for tourists, which is the Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s worth remembering that it is important that you seek information about the weather before visiting these attractions because on very cloudy and rainy days it’s practically impossible to see the city from the top of these points.

See details about Christ the Redeemer and How to get to Sugar Loaf Mountain

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SUGGESTION

A good tip before visiting the attractions is to look for points of visibility.

From the neighborhoods of Botafogo, Lagoa, Largo do Machado, Laranjeiras and Downtown it’s possible to see the Corcovado Hill, where is the Christ the Redeemer 

If you are in the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Flamengo, Botafogo, Urca and Downtown it’s possible to see the  Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Result: if when viewing these points, you observe many clouds, prefer to visit these attractions at another time. On the same day, the weather improves and you can take the tour. 😊  

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OUR TIP

Another suggestion is to visit the Christ the Redeemer in the morning and the Sugarloaf Mountain at eventing, to enjoy the sunset from the top of the attraction.

BOTANICAL GARDEN

Between visits to Christ and Sugar Loaf, you will have some free hours. Our suggestion is to take a walk in the Botanical Garden, which is located very close to the attractions. The Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro is very special and if you like to contact with nature it’s a perfect option.  

This is a space with many environments, among lakes, orchid gardens, session of medicinal plants, a walkway of imperial palm trees. Some animals can also be seen as monkeys, turtles and some birds like the toucan.

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OTHER SUGGESTION

If you already been to Botanical Garden and want to visit another place, we have the suggestion of Parque Lage 

Parque Lage was built as a gift of love and has a beautiful Roman Palace as its main building. This park is surrounded by nature and has gardens for visitors, including a space reserved for picnics, if it is interest for you.

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Do you know the best? The entrance to Parque Lage is free! Inside the park, you can see the Christ the Redeemer statue. 

3 º DIA: BEACHES + NIGHTLIFE

BEACHES IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Who can visit Rio de Janeiro and not enjoy a day at the beach? Impossible. Let’s go to the beach! HAHA HA. Rio de Janeiro has beaches for all tastes. Copacabana and Ipanema are always more crowded, as they are the most tourist beaches. But during the week it is much more relaxed if you want to enjoy these options.  

See details about Copacabana Beach.

See here the 5 best beaches in Rio de Janeiro  

The beaches of Leblon, São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, are much quieter. They’re beautiful beaches with many options of restaurants and kiosks for visitors. Be sure to try the mate and the ‘Biscoito Globo’ on the beach, there isn’t more carioca option than this for a beach day.

Know more options for Typical Foods in Rio de Janeiro

NIGHTLIFE

After a day relaxing on the beach, what are your plans for the night? Let’s enjoy a very carioca night, with a lot of music and drinks. 

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Our option is to join the Pub Crawl at Lapa! In this tour, we will take you to visit the best bars in Lapa neighborhood, with a lot of live samba and lively people.

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We also have a drinking game, where participants can taste a very special cachaça! Do you like caipirinhas? This is the perfect place to have a few and make a lot of friends. Enjoy the whole night with us!

See more details about our tour: Pub Crawl in Lapa  

4 º DIA: TRAILS + VIEWPOINTS + SUNSET IN THE CITY

TRAILS + VIEWPOINTS

The last day of our itinerary is reserved for activities more connected to nature and good places to enjoy the view of the wonderful city. Here in the city, there are good options for easy and moderate trails, as well as beautiful viewpoints. A good viewpoint option is Vista Chinesa, in Tijuca Forest.   

See options for Trails in Rio de Janeiro, choose yours 

SUNSET IN THE CITY

You can take one of these walks and trails during the day, enjoy nature and after choose a special place to enjoy the sunset in the wonderful city. This is an activity that every Carioca loves, they always applaud at that moment.

Read here about Sunset in Rio de Janeiro – the best places 

TIP

If on any day of your trip, the weather became cloudy and rainy, don’t waste time and check our text about What to do in Rio de Janeiro on cloudy days

Guys, although our activities are organized in an easier way for you, it is also possible to use our ideas and adapt to your travel plans, if you have already defined other points to visit. 

What you think about our tips? Let us know!

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