With its white sandy beaches, high mountains and charming harbor, it's no big surprise that Rio de Janeiro is known as the "Cidade maravilhosa" or marvelous city. Facing the South Atlantic coast, the second-biggest city in Brazil is honored with one of the most stunning natural settings for a city in the world.

The astonishing scene is only one reason that tourists go to Rio. During peak season, the streets load up with music and ornately costumed artists, pulling in revelers from everywhere over the world. At any time of year, visitors won't want to miss the top visit place in Rio de Janeiro.

1.Christ the Redeemer

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With the 710 meters (2,330 feet) high pinnacle of Corcovado Peak, the statue of "Cristo Redentor" stands with arms outstretched, looking serenely out over the city. The statue started constructing in 1922 during the heyday of the Art Deco development, and the majestic and soapstone statue is viewed as the biggest statue designed in the genre over the world.

Most tourists take a vertical train to arrive at the base of the summit. From that point, they to the landmark once needed to climb hundreds of steps to arrive at the top. Today, lifts and escalators allow tourists to shorten the trip.

2. Copacabana

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Isolated from Ipanema to the west by surfer-favored Arpoador beach, Copacabana has a more dynamic vibe than its equally well-known neighbor. Rio local people, called "Cariocas," consistently seem to have a game of soccer or volleyball in play, and vendors vociferously hawk their beverages and snacks from the kiosks that line the beach. Fort Copacabana, an army base with wartime museums that are available to people to visit, stands at one each one end of the beach. On the length of the beach fronting the fortification, fishermen provide up their morning catch for sale.

Tourists and Cariocas alike love to walk around the promenade that borders the 4 km (2.5 miles) long beach. The first built the 1930s, the walkway highlights a wave-like design spread out in black and white stones. Inland from the promenade is multistoried hotels and apartments.

3.Ipanema

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The beach became well-known due to the song "The Girl from Ipanema" during the 1960s, and stays one of Rio's most common places of interest today. A long, arcing spread of soft white sand and rolling waves, Ipanema routinely was viewed as the top of the "Best Beaches in the World" list for years. The beach is bordered by a well-designed grid of shops, restaurants, and cafésjust as a variety of galleries, theaters, and clubs.