Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the greatest attractions in Brazil

While the South American country has much to offer adventure travelers, some of the best can be found in Rio de Janeiro. The second largest city in the country, Rio is one of the world’s most celebrated cities, and travelers with an open mind should have no trouble discovering why.

First and foremost, adventurers will want to make the trek out to Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Perhaps the most famous site in all of Brazil, this statue of Jesus with arms outstretched stands 130-feet tall and gazes down to one of the most epic vistas in the world.

Would-be mountaineers can also hike around the exquisite Sugar Loaf Mountain and look out at the sea of boats settling in nearby Guanbara Bay.

Of course, the most talked about attractions in Brazil tend to be beaches, and Rio boasts one of the country’s most popular stretches of sand - Copacabana. This 4-kilometer coastline is bookended by two colonial forts, and beckons thousands of beachgoers to sun on its sands each year.