When you think about Rio de Janeiro, you might not think it’s the place to take your children on a vacation. But in fact, the city has a lot to offer for families and the little ones. You can find some extremely exciting places as well as activities to do as a family. Rio de Janeiro is not only about sexy beaches and parties, it has a lot more to offer. Here’s an amazing example of a family with a small boy who traveled to Rio.
One of the most magnificent mountain peaks in the world, the Pão de Açúcar, or “Sugar Loaf Mountain,” is definitely worth a visit. Take the cable car up to the peak, it will stop twice on the way, children certainly will enjoy the ride! First at Morro da Urca, which is the tinier sister mountain of Sugar Loaf, then the cable car continues to the top of the Sugar Loaf where the views are absolutely breathtaking. You can admire the Atlantic Ocean, an expansive view of the white sand beaches and jungle-clad mountains!
Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain
Your Rio vacation wouldn’t be anything without seeing this statue, which is probably the most well known landmark of the city, and the country! It is the second largest statue of Christ in the world, and rests on the peak of Corcovado Mountain, over 2,000 feet high, where the view over the city is breathtaking. You can purchase tickets to go up to the statue and get views of the statue and the city! Your little ones will love to spread their arms out for the infamous picture with the statue.
The local zoo of Rio de Janeiro is always something that children love. The zoo is located at Quinta da Boa Vista, and at 12 hectares, it has a wide variety of reptiles, mammals, and birds that are mostly indigenous to Brazil. Some of the crowds’ favorites are the night house, which features nocturnal animals, and the monkey house.
This four kilometer long beach offers water activities, beach volleyball, beach chairs and umbrellas for rent, and most importantly, the beach itself! Which, despite being man-made, is breathtakingly beautiful. Since it’s full of different activities for children and adults, you won’t get bored! Copacabana is a giant playground for the little ones!
Museu do Índio
Museu do Índio offers the perfect introduction to the economic, religious, and social life of Brazil’s indigenous people’s history. Here, the children can paint their bodies like the natives, as well as crawl through cottage replicas. The museum contains 14,000 objects, 50,000 photographs and 200 sound recordings altogether!