From the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to its landscape of mountains, beaches, and favelas, Rio de Janeiro is truly a sight to behold. If you’re planning a trip to this vibrant Brazilian city on a tight budget, then fear not. Here are some of the best ways that you can take in the beauty of Rio de Janeiro without spending a cent.
Praça São Salvador
A bustling square filled with bars, restaurants, and market stalls, Praça São Salvador is especially busy on weekends. On Friday night and Saturday, musicians perform samba and traditional chorinho music, while on Sundays the square hosts a market filled with clothing, souvenirs, and clothing stalls.
Pedra da Gávea
If you’re in search of an active sightseeing tour in nature, then you should consider hiking up the Pedra da Gávea. One of the highest peaks in the city, the Pedra da Gávea will provide you with a breathtaking overview of the entire Rio de Janeiro landscape. There are several hiking trails available so you can select the one most suitable for your fitness level.
Parque Das Ruínas
If you enjoyed watching The Last of Us, then here is an attraction for you. Highly reminiscent of the abandoned buildings in the show, the Parque Das Ruínas is a park featuring the ruins of what was once the mansion of socialte and heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo. With an art gallery downstairs, this abandoned mansion provides a scenic panoramic view up top and even hosts concerts and social events.