Insider's Guide | Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro


Of course there are the main sights of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar), Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue, or a stroll around the streets of the Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods.  Here are a few other ideas to ensure you have a memorable itinerary whilst in Rio de Janeiro.

Indian Museum

The Indian Museum, from the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) is an institution for the preservation and dissemination of the indigenous cultural heritage, where you can appreciate the diversity and history of Brazilian indigenous groups.  The museum’s shop showcases the handicrafts of different Brazilian indigenous groups, participating in the Indian Art Program.  There is a large selection of ceramics, basketry and wooden carvings.  The Museum is open to the public from Monday to Friday, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and the admission is free.

Villa Lobos Museum

Moving from its original location in 1986, the Villa Lobos Museum is now situated in an old nineteenth large house, located in the Botafogo neighborhood.  The museum has rooms that comprise of permanent and temporary exhibitions, dedicated to Heitor Villa-Lobos.  In addition there are frequent video installations, educational concerts and some recitals.  The museum also has a library which is open to the public. Villa Lobos Museum is a guaranteed attraction for lovers of the life story of this famous composer, as well as lovers in search of cultural entertainment. Free entrance.

São Clemente Palace

San Clemente Palace is a magnificent architectural example of a eighteenth century Lusitanian residence, which stands out in the city’s landscape. The facilities were built by the Portuguese to serve as an embassy, but today it serves as a the residence for the Consul of Portugal in Rio.

City Palace

The Palace was built by the British Government in order to serve as Embassy. Later it was sold to the city of Rio de Janeiro and is currently the Mayor’s office and the venue for many official dinners and events. The interior of the building is not open to visitors, nevertheless visiting the gardens is free during weekends and public holidays.