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Five secret places you must visit in Rio de Janeiro


If you also want to have a wonderful time meeting unique places and experience some memorable moments, the five secret places mentioned below will do the trick.

Over the last few decades, Rio de Janeiro has become one of the greatest attractions in the world, considering its beauty, vibrant nature, and sublime beaches. The city is so magic that it has some places that are not considered tourist attractions but are splendid enough to visit and have an unforgettable moment. These are the five best.

1. Pedra da Gavea
Rio de Janeiro is a mesmerizing city that offers various places with incredible views. However, one in particular that not so many people know about is Pedra da Gavea, an incredible rocky monolith 842 meters above sea level. We’re talking about a place where you can behold part of the Brazilian city from a unique angle.

One of the most interesting aspects of this secret place is that you must hike almost three hours through the beautiful Tijuca Forest to the top. Of course, you should bring plenty of water to be properly hydrated. And if you need more details about this trip to the rocky monolith, here’s a recommended private tour guide in Rio de Janeiro that will help you during your stay.

2. Prainha Beach
As everyone knows, this Brazilian city has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Naturally, this is why so many writers, musicians, and even film directors have romanticized the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema over the last few decades.

Getting to this point, it’s fair to say that one of the main beauties of Rio is that it offers unforgettable places to enjoy if you’re not a fan of crowds. If you want to go to the beach and avoid chaotic crowds, Prainha Beach is the best choice since it’s not only splendid but also deserted most days. Even better, the beach is surrounded by a natural reserve you can freely explore.

3. Parque Lage
Rio de Janeiro’s Parque Lage is a public park located in the beautiful neighborhood of Jardim Botanico, right beneath the Corcovado. This is famed not only for its majestic aspect but also because, right behind the park, there’s a trail that takes you to incredible waterfalls. In addition, this trail takes you to different secret vantage points where you can reach the Cristo Redentor.

4. Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Located in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is a famous city attraction during Christmas since it hosts the biggest floating Christmas tree in the world. Of course, this is a very family-friendly event where children have a wonderful time during this moment of the year.

However, the reason that makes this lagoon a secret attraction is that it can be one of the most relaxing and picturesque places you can visit in the Brazilian city year-round. You can even jog and skateboard in this place or have a romantic moment with your partner.

5. Pedra do Pontal
This secret attraction is located in Recreio dos Bandeirantes and is a true hidden gem. After all, we’re talking about a gigantic rock that divides Praia da Macumba and Praia do Recreio, two of the most beautiful beaches you can find in the city. 

Moreover, Pedra do Pontal offers one of the most majestic views in the Brazilian city and is a place where you can practice some yoga and feel Rio’s zen vibes.

Final thoughts
When going to Rio, knowing the Cristo Redentor or the Copacabana and Ipanema beach is almost mandatory. After all, they're some of the most famous attractions in the world. However, if you also want to have a wonderful time meeting unique places and experience some memorable moments, the five secret places mentioned above will do the trick.

Photo by Agustin Diaz Gargiulo on Unsplash

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