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Jardim Zoológico is located in the neighborhood of São Cristóvão. Inaugurated in 1945 and recently renovated to give the animals a better living space, there is a wide variety of rare and endangered Brazilian species including nocturnal ones. There is also a large walk-through aviary that is sure to thrill grown-ups and children alike. To make things even better for the kids, there is a shop selling stuffed animals from the various regions in Brazil.
An imposing domed building that dates back to the late 19th Century in the heart of the downtown district, this is one of the country's best cultural centers. It includes a cinema with high-quality art films, state-of-the-art theaters, and a large exhibition of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian coins. Displays are diverse, ranging from photography to experimental film festivals. Daily newspapers will have the schedule of events, some of which are free of charge.
Established in 1884, Trem do Corcovado was one of the earliest rail systems in the city built to navigate the Corcovado. While it began as a steam-driven locomotive, it was modernized in the early 20th Century and switched to electrical power. Today, the rail traverses a breathtaking route that goes through the Atlantic forest to reach the summit of Corcovado, on which stands the breathtaking Christ the Redeemer Statue. The popular tour commences every half an hour and sees huge crowds most of the times. Check website for more.
Formerly the house of 19th-century scholar Rui Barbosa, Casa Rui Barbosa spells magnificence in every aspect. The entire mansion is beautifully painted in pink and has a vast collection of scholarly books and literature material, a garden, a library for children, and a museum. Witness a host of cultural events taking place including the concert series of Brasiliana, personal archives of Osman Lins, book fairs and guided tours around the mansion. Admission is free.
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Botafago, this eight-story shopping center overlooks the Guanabara Bay. With over 170 stores, six screen cinema hall and three food courts, this shopping mall remains a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The mall is home to various brands of clothing, footwear, accessories and jewelry. Some of these stores include L'occitane, Emporio Body Store, La Folie, Arezzo and Aviator. The food court has restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Montana Grill and Parme. With a plethora of opportunities to shop, eat and enjoy, this mall remains a hot destination for shoppers and foodies alike.
Carmen Miranda lovers unite! This small kitsch museum is located at the very southern tip of the Parque do Flamengo. Highlights include memorabilia from the famed singer's life and career. The infamous fruity headdresses are among the singer's paraphernalia and exquisite costumes that are on exhibit. Posters, postcards, T-shirts, and music are on sale as well.
Some visitors to Rio are not aware that it was once inhabited by Native Indians. This museum, housed in an old colonial building, is a good place to learn a little about Rio's original inhabitants. Opened on April 19, 1953, in honor of the Day of the Native, the collection contains displays of cooking utensils, tools, musical instruments, costumes and religious artifacts. Photographs and displays of native housing round out this collection. The museum has a store named Artíndia which offers crafts items for sale.
Nestled in Botafogo, this branch of ibis Hotels offers travelers in Rio a comfortable stay at budgeted rates. The 270 air-conditioned standard rooms housed at ibis Rio de Janeiro Botafogo feature minimalistic but elegant design. The rooms are replete with modern amenities like television and wireless internet; facilities like minibar and well-equipped adjoining bathrooms are also provided. The restaurant on-site offers delicious local dishes, while you can enjoy a drink at the chic bar.
With exotic gardens, beautiful sculptures, tropical wildlife and wonderful views, Parque da Catacumba is the perfect place to come and escape the heat and pace of life in Rio. Located in the pretty waterside neighborhood of Lagoa, the park is little visited by tourists, which makes a trip here all the more peaceful. As well as offering short hiking trails, the park serves as an outdoor art gallery, with sculptures from local artists dotted around the gardens. You'll also spot little monkeys in the trees, and keep an eye out for parrots and toucans. A clearly-marked trail leads visitors on a quick and easy uphill hike (about 20 minutes), past a lovely bamboo garden to a vantage point with magnificent views over the lake.
The hotel has 114 rooms that have recently been renovated to offer greater comfort to its guests. All rooms are air-conditioned, and other amenities include a telephone, fridge, cable TV and safe. It is in an area with a very lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and is within close proximity to a number of car-rental agencies and the beach, of course.
This is for all those who love arcade games and are a kid at heart. Magic Games in Norte Shopping is a nice place to unwind after all the retail browsing or buying. The huge space is filled with toys for children and video games where you get to win free gifts. So you can let the kids play with the toys and enjoy the arcade games by trying to better your score.
With its exposed bricked walls, eclectic wall portraits and stage lights, Striker Casual Bowling has a rustic charm to it that is very appealing. Located in the Norte Shopping, it has 26 lanes and offers top-notch bowling amenities that will make your bowling experience a memorable one. You can also rent bowling shoes here if you don't have one. Inspired by New York bowling venues, this spot serves delish bites and a range of beer while also including racing games and other activities in their agenda. Striker Casual Bowling is a great place to be with family and friends for fun time out.