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MUSEU DO AMANHA

Museu do AmanhĆ£ is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua.

The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now via a number of experiments and experiences. The museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities.

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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is located strategically in the mild climate of the mountains, between Zona Sul (southern area) and the city centre. One of its main attractions is a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro, with unique views over the natural beauty Rio offers to residents and visitors alike.

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The local architecture, with historic 19th century buildings and beautiful colonial mansions, completes the lovely setting of this neighbourhood, where you can experience the local lifestyle in all its aspects: cultural, gastronomic, bohemian, social and more.

Known as a cultural centre, a sort of "Montmartre of Rio", the neighbourhood brings together small museums, cultural centres offering permanent shows and artists' studios. One of the most important events on the city's official calendar also graces the area once a year, the "Arte de Portas Abertas" (Open-Doors Art). The Museu do AƧude (Dam Museum), Castro Maya Museum and Benjamin Constant Museum are among other attractions - all boasting rich collections - as well as the Museu do Bonde (Tram Museum) which shows the history of the neighbourhood's iconic transport system, which will be circulating its streets once again in 2015.

During Carnival, the neighbourhoodā€™s streets and hillsides are filled with some of the most important and traditional Carnival groups such as the Carmelitas, CĆ©u na Terra and Aconteceu.

Santa Teresa is also known for its restaurants and bars. It is worthwhile taking a walk through the streets to experience the local people's favourite haunts.

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CHRIST THE REDEEMER

On top of Corcovado Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is a must-see attraction. Elected in 2007 as one of the new Wonders of the World, it offers a spectacular and exciting view.

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Sugar Loaf

A ride on the cable car is a unique experience where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city with all the natural beauty it has to offer - sea, lagoon, bay, rocks and vegetation.

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MARACANƃ / SOCCER MUSEUM

You can take a stadium tour (guided or not) and see behind the scenes, the bleachers, changing rooms, boxes and part of the historical collection of this soccer temple with photos of all-time great soccer stars, classic matches and other curiosities. But best of all you can go and see a match for yourself - especially if it is a classic.

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Jardim BotĆ¢nico

Created by Dom JoĆ£o VI, this is Brazil's principal and largest Botanical Gardens. Take a walk through the alley of imperial palms and visit the bromeliad & orchid nurseries. It is worthwhile checking if there is any exhibition taking place on the site.

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TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK

Home to the largest urban forest in the world, it houses several species of fauna and flora spread over 3000 hectares of Atlantic Forest. It is divided into three visitation areas: Floresta da Tijuca, Serra da Carioca (with the Corcovado Mountain) and Pedra Bonita/GƔvea.

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Theatro Municipal

One of the most imposing buildings of Rio's architecture and one of the "Seven Wonders of Rio de Janeiro", the theatre was fully restored in 2008 and is worth paying a visit. It offers guided tours (also available in English and Spanish).

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COPACABANA, IPANEMA AND LEBLON BEACHES

The three beaches are worth visiting, as each has their own charm. Look for spots that are more popular among locals. Make sure you don't miss the sunset at Pedra do Arpoador.

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RODRIGO DE FREITAS LAGOON

Enjoy a morning walk or cycle on the bike path and rent a pedalo to see the landscape from another perspective. In the evening, choose one of the many kiosks in the area, which have different culinary specialities (some also have live music).

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MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna

This important museum is located in the gardens designed by Burle Marx. It exhibits a permanent collection, which provides an overview of Brazilian contemporary art, with works by Bruno Giorgio, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Lasar Segall.

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MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio

The museum is located at PraƧa MauĆ” in the beautiful Palacete Dom JoĆ£o VI and offers short and long-term exhibitions that bring together historical and contemporary art. Free admission on Tuesdays.

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