The star attraction event at Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly the Carnival. However, you may not want to party, or you've already seen it to the tee. Whether you wish to escape from the Carnival bounds or enjoy the Carnival and find time to visit other sights, this one's for you. We've rounded up some of the top places to visit around Rio de Janeiro during Carnival time.
Escape to the Tijuca Forest
Enjoy a day trip from Rio to the Tijuca National Park. Guests can plan to hike through the Tijuca forest, admiring the butterflies, sloths, monkeys, and birds. The panoramic views will keep you enthralled, and remember to keep your cameras handy to click photographs. Experiencing the world's largest urban forest, where you can get up close with wild animals and plants, is one great adventure you'd wish to take time out for.
Hit the beaches
It's no secret a sea breeze can be therapeutic and calming. What better way to enjoy your vacation in Rio de Janeiro than to hit one of the popular beaches away from the city for some amazing Vitamin Sea? The best option is to escape to one of the West Zone beaches during the Carnival. Try Barra da Tijuca Beach, Prainha, Macumba Beach, and Grumari, amongst others. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views and spend time rejuvenating themselves with beach activities.
Soak in the cultural scene at the Moreira Salles Institute
The Moreira Salles Institute is a great place to admire the exhibits and architecture. Located in Gávea, it is an excellent cultural centre where guests can enjoy the cultural legacy of one of Brazil's elite families. It is a modernist mansion set in the jungle and has now been transformed into a museum and educational space, celebrating Brazilian culture and arts. What's more, the Institute focuses on artistic areas, which include music, photography, literature, and iconography.
Petrópolis is one of the most popular tourist spots, and it's just ideal for a day trip from Rio. Located around 70 km (44 miles) away from Rio's city centre, guests can find calmer street carnival parties. Visit the Imperial Museum, and continue the cultural tour visiting Santos Dumont's house, the Brazilian who invented the plane. One can also visit the brewery factory Bohemia, founded in 1853, the oldest brewery in Brazil. For those looking for something a little more active can hike and bike in the surrounding mountains.