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Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

It’s official! The beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. Have you ever wondered, what qualifies a city to be a World Heritage Site? Well, I have the answer for you. If the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (aka UNESCO), votes that there is special cultural or physical significance, that place can be declared a World Heritage Site. And it looks like Rio just made the cut!

Rio’s Highlights

With the recent tourism boost during the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in August 2016, there has been a lot of international attention on Brazil’s “Marvelous City.” But it was Rio’s “extraordinary fusion” of manmade and natural beauty, that caught UNESCO’s eyes. For example, Tijuca National Park, one of the world’s largest forested areas encompassed entirely within an urban setting, undoubtedly contributed to Rio’s new title. And its wide bay, and great waterfront open spaces helped as well. UNESCO boasts about the city’s unparalleled beauty highlighting its key elements:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Statue

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • The Botanical Garden

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Tijuca National Park

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

Though the city’s key elements, listed above, were huge encouragements for UNESCO to name Rio de Janeiro a World Heritage Site, Rio’s artistry also contributed. Rio’s consistent artistic inspiration has helped musicians, landscapers and urbanists in their constant effort to make the world a more beautiful place, and made the city extremely worthy of its new title.

Sustaining the City

Initially, Rio de Janeiro was announced UNESCO status in 2012. But Brazilian authorities needed to report plans to protect and preserve the iconic sites before it could become official. Now, Brazilian authorities are pushing a plan in action to help preserve sites such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Botafogo Bay and other sites.

Touring Rio de Janeiro recently add two new city tours in Rio de Janeiro that are perfect for any traveler considering Rio’s recent news.

  1. The Colonial Walking Tour takes guests back in time as they walk past century-old buildings and monuments through the colonial heart of Rio ending at the restored waterfront and Museum of Tomorrow.
  2. The Brazilian Cuisine Tour promises a full and happy tummy for all of its guests. Starting in Rio’s Historic Center, travelers visit a local market to try different fruits, along with traditional Amazonian soups. Then, for the grand finale is a Brazilian feast, complete with all the typical foods and plenty of caipirinhas. Both of these tours are fantastic for experiencing Rio in every sense of the word.

Read more >> New Tours in Rio de Janeiro: Colonial Walking Tour & Brazil’s Cuisine

You may also consider visiting Rio de Janerio during the Carnival Champion’s Parade! The Champion’s Parade is the less crowded but still an exciting version of Carnival. Guests will see some the top Samba Schools in Brazil perform right before their eyes! If you plan on visiting Rio during this time, make sure to book soon! People from around the world come to Brazil just for this event.

Read more >> Rio de Janeiro Carnival Champion’s Parade 

Visit Now!

Now that Rio de Janeiro is officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is even more of an incentive to visit. Contact us today! Any of our expert Travel Consultants would be happy to customize the perfect trip to South America!

Rio de Janeiro UNESCO World Heritage Site

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