Off Beaten Path Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

While there's no shame in visiting Rio's big tourist attractions (in fact shame on you if you don't make time to visit Christ or chill out on Copacabana beach), but sometimes it's nice to take the road less traveled and check out some off-the-beaten-path things to do in Rio.

Rio's less-visited sites often reward the visitor with spectacular views, and very often cost absolutely nothing to visit. Parque Catacumba, a little-visted spot close to the much more touristy Lagoa, is a good case in point.

There is no charge for wandering the cobbled streets of beautiful Santa Teresa, and it is just 60 centavos to ride the ancient yellow tram up to the neighborhood from Centro.

Meanwhile, the residential neighborhood of Catete remains largely off the tourist track, but is well worth a visit for its historic Palace and handsome, if crumbling, colonial architecture.

Still fewer tourists visit Rio's North Zone, but it's well worth taking the Metro out to the neglected suburbs to discover off-the-beaten track Rio attractions such as the National Museum, set in fabulous gardens, and the city zoo.

Parque da Catacumba

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000, Lagoa

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Parque Lage

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico

Gorgeous Gardens and Grounds... read more

Rua do Lavradio

Rua do Lavradio
Lapa

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Museu Nacional (Quinta da Boa Vista)

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

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Jardim Zoológico

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

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Recreio Beach

Praia do Recreio das Bandeirantes

Surf, Sand and Sunbathing... read more

Ilha de Paquetá

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Baía de Guanabara

Boating and biking on the other side of the bay...
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Igreja da Candelária

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Praça Pio X

Magnificent, a landmark of Rio... read more

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Ilha Fiscal

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Baía de Guanabara

Fairytale palace by the docks... read more
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