Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:03 pm
Now there’s one more reason to take a Rio de Janeiro tour: the city has just earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its breathtaking landscapes and natural splendor.
Rio de Janeiro is full of world-famous iconic landmarks and landscapes: the Guanabara Bay encircles crystal clear waters, the jutting granite mountains of Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a winding coastline with famed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Atop the Corcovado Mountain is the 30 foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue, with arms outstretched towards the city. Nearby is the Tijuca National Park with its thick jungle right in the midst of the city, and there’s also the Botanical Gardens. These are just some of the most famous sights that make the city so unique.
Rio de Janeiro, and 25 other sites across the world, were added to the UNESCO fold earlier this month. The recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization means that Rio de Janeiro will enjoy protected status that will encourage local government to preserve landmarks for the future. The status comes at a time when Rio de Janeiro is gearing up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, so the city will be center stage. For many prospective travelers to Brazil, this means that there’s never been a better time than now to plan a Rio de Janeiro tour.
Travelers to Brazil can now enjoy Rio de Janeiro tours while crossing a UNESCO World Heritage Site off their list. There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in South America, and many travelers to South America take UNESCO South America Tours to see as many as they can, in a virtual “UNESCO Passport.”
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