New Delhi: With India sending its biggest ever contingent to the soccer World Cup in Brazil, a leading global travel search site has recommended the top 10 places to visit in Rio de Janeiro during the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.
`Skyscanner` has prepared the list as travellers pack their bags for the trip to the country of powdery white-sand beaches, pristine rain forests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises.
More than 2,500 Indians, including fans and journalists, are expected to travel to Brazil for perhaps the most anticipated sporting event on this year`s calendar.
The list also includes hidden sights, shops and bars of Rio de Janeiro,the city which is the birthplace of world-renowned footballers like Zico, Ronaldo and Romario.
Apart from the world famouse Christ the Redeemer statue, it recommends places such as Rio Scenarium, Delirio Tropical, Bar Urca, Gilson Martin and Palaphita Kitsch among others.
To get in the real spirit of Brazilian music, it has to be live and the place is Rio Scenarium, which is full of happy people dancing to samba. It is decorated with antique objects.
Delirio Tropical is where people go for a quick lunch during weekdays or on weekends after the beach. Serving fresh salads, quiches and other lovely, healthy, affordable food, are what the place is known for.
If one wants to buy cool gifts and souvenirs, then Gilson Martin is the shop to visit. Find pop art accessories inspired by the city`s landmarks, cool vinyl bags, wallets and briefcases that come in all manner of shapes and sizes.
Palaphita Kitsch is the spot to watch the sunset with drinks and enjoy long chats. The exotic Palaphita Kitsch bar is located on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and offers an incredible view of the city`s lagoon and beyond.
Urca is the neighbourhood that surrounds Sugarloaf mountain. One can get the best view of Rio`s bay from this quiet, picturesque and residential area.