In the center of Rio you'll find not only gorgeous colonial architecture, churches and ancient cloisters, but skyscrapers as well. A splendid historical route would get you from Praca de 15 de Noviembre with the Royal Palace through Rua 1 de Marco Street to the cultural center Banco do Brasil and Candelaria Church.
Santa Theresa Quarter.
Beyond the bounds of the center, at the place of shady hills takes place colonial Santa Theresa Quarter, the favorite place of artists and intellectuals. One can spend a night in numerous hotels and hostels that are located in the historical buildings of the area. In the evenings the main square Largo do Guimaraes starts to get crowded with jolly people and merry music. From the center to Santa Theresa Quarter one can get by a small old tram, which starts at the station near PetroBras building. It'll take not less than half a day to visit the Atlantic Forest of the National Tijuca Park. Paths that cross the hilly tropical forest, lead to the waterfalls and places with wonderful views. There one can have a picnic or eat out. Not to get lost, you'd better either follow the main routes or hire a guide, who will tell you everything about plants, animals and especially about the exotic reptiles that live there.
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