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Rio De Janeiro: Things You Should Not Miss Out on


No doubt, Rio de Janeiro is the city with contrasting attractions. Starting from stunning monuments to the beautiful coastline, it has it all. You will be able to find so many things to do out there that you are never going to get bored. Here are a few attractions to include in your list when you plan to visit Rio de Janeiro.

Christ the Redeemer

The symbolic icon of the city, Christ the Redeemer is the first thing on my list. Obviously, I was not going to miss out on this. The monument overlooking the city is 700 meters tall. The peak is covered in jungle. There are many ways to reach the walk. I decided to hike but there are options to take a van or a train. The viewpoint from the top offers the most breathtaking view.

Sugarloaf Mountain

It is located in the neighborhood of Urca. The mountain is surrounded by the ocean and the view is a treat for the eyes.  You can travel to the top through the cable cars. This is going to be a unique experience. If you are daring enough you can go rock climbing. Hike through the Morro Da Urca. This is prior to taking the cable car. I loved the view that the hiking trail had to offer. The best time to visit is during the sunset. You can catch a glimpse of the red skyline.

Dois Irmãos

This city has no shortage of hiking trails. What’s great is that these offer some stunning views. One of the best trails in the Dois Irmãos. It starts at Vidigal Favela. This is considered to be one of the safest communities in Rio. The hike took me through vegetation and forest. The top is flat and rocky platform overlooking the ocean.

Rigaud: Have Fun-Filled Holiday with Your Family


Rigaud is not much of a touristy place. It is not frequented by people at large. However, it can be a great weekend destination. There are various things that will keep you engaged and you are never going to feel bored. Hence, if you plan to visit Rigaud, you need to include the following attractions on your list.

Arbraska Rigaud

You should definitely not miss out on this. I spend a few hours here. It is a fun-filled activity. There are different courses to climb the rope such as difficult, intermediate, and beginner. What’s best is you will be able to do it as many times as you prefer. It was an exhilarating experience. However, it is not recommended for children below 5 years of age.

Mont Rigaud Recreational Park

This is another great attraction in the city. As a matter of fact, it is the perfect place where you can spend some time with your family. In case you are visiting during the winter time, you will be able to go skiing. Nevertheless, since I visited during the summer months, I decided to trek my way to the top. The climb proved to be worthwhile. It offered a spectacular view. I spend a few hours just marveling at this view. Nevertheless, if you have to climb to the top, make sure that you are wearing hiking shoes. It is a great getaway from the busy life of the city.


Traveling to Rigaud and not visiting Peppermaster would have been a mistake. The different flavor peppers that they sell are just magical. The owners of the store are really friendly. This is the perfect place to take back home some souvenirs for your loved ones. Sampling is offered at the right time of the year. It is open throughout the week.

Recife: Enjoy the Venice of Brazil


The city gets its name from the reef that protects it. The city is built around many canals, inlets, and bridges. There are plenty of things to do out here. If you want to make the most of your visit, here are a few things that you need to check out.

Attend a Carnival

If you are in this city, missing out on the great carnival would have been a great mistake. Drop in on a Saturday to catch a glimpse of Galo da Madrugada.  This was something I had never witnessed before. It takes the goes through the bridge and is considered to be one of the largest party that takes place on the streets.

Relax at the Beach

Ask anyone who has visited Brazil as to what is the quintessential thing that they did and they would tell you, relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. Boa Viagem is one of the best beaches that I came across and many people will agree to this. The beach is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and shops. It served to be a great place to unwind.

Go Shopping

The affluent city has several shopping centers where you can shop to your hearts’ content. There are local stores and some designer stores. You get all kinds to stuff. One of the best shopping centers in the country is RioMar Recife.

Marvel at the Majestic Castle

Instituto Ricardo Brennand is worth checking out. Even though it is not medieval, it is spectacular. A stroll around the castle told me that is filled with armor suits, swords, and other knightly items. There are also some historical artifacts and artwork that are on display in here. It helped me learn about the history associated with the castle.

Kyoto: Four Amazing Places to Visit


Kyoto is the capital of Japan. That makes it the place to learn contemplation and meditation. You can also discover its rich cultural heritage, martial arts and of course the breathtaking sites. There are a lot of things you can do in Kyoto. Even the locals here have not finished visiting all the cultural attractions. However, there are top four must-see attractions to start with. Otherwise, to visit all the major attractions in this city, can take years.

Kyoto Temples

There are more than a thousand temples in Kyoto. You must know that in Japan, like all other Asian countries, religion is the center of all things. You cannot visit all the temples (they are all worth visiting!) however, you can start with the best or the most visited temple in Kyoto.  Once there, first learn, or try to understand meditation. Do not just be silent. Meditation is a mental exercise you can only master by practicing. The Nanzen-ji temple is worthy of a visit. It is found in Higashiyama district. It is surrounded by lush green vegetation so that your meditation becomes effortless. If you do not like crowds, consider visiting the Tofuku-ji temple. It looks abandoned, but this is an advantage because otherwise, you will not have ample time to study the Japanese religion. Daitoku-ji and kinkaku-ji temples are also worth checking out. By the time you are done with these four, you will be as contemplative as any ordinary Japanese.

Best Restaurants

There is nothing as satisfying as knowing a place entirely.  If you want to fully understand Kyoto, find a good restaurant and then feast on the gastronomic treats they offer. How else can your insides know you are here?  The Kyoto local culinary will keep you begging for more. There are many restaurants you can find here. Try as time would allow you, to visit the Kiyamachi Sakuragawa restaurant. These restaurants are the best places to sample Kaiseki Cuisine. You will see many tourists enjoying this rare delicacy here. You can also visit the Sushisei restaurant. It is famed as the best moderately priced Sushi restaurants in Kyoto. Other restaurants like Den Shichi, Gaucho Sushi and Karako, are also worth a visit. When you sample Kyoto food, you will understand why Japanese lifespan is so long.

Kyoto’s Best Art

Kyoto is very a vibrant city. This energy is expressed in art and ceremonies. There are plenty of places to learn Japanese art in Kyoto, but the best are the museums and galleries. You can visit either the Kyoto International Manga museum or the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. There are also world-class galleries which should interest you. In either place, do not forget to carry a camera; what you will see is worth preserving.


You can not possibly know Japanese life by visiting once. You will have to come here, again and again, to even start understanding the culture and life of Japanese. Kyoto is still the best place to explore the history and values of the Japanese. It has everything you need to know about this Asian country.