3 interesting things to do in Rio de Janeiro on a rainy, cloudy or chilly cold day
What better than shopping when the weather is not like you were expecting? 3 interesting things to do in Rio de Janeiro on a rainy, cloudy or chilly cold day.
Shopping centers and Museums are the obvious choice for many people when it rains in Rio de Janeiro. But what better than shopping when the weather is not like you were expecting? The city has good museums, this is true. But maybe you want to discover a a different side of Rio. You want to enjoy your days off and not just wait for the sunny days indoors… So take your raincoat and go out! Here we go to some indications on what I enjoy doing even (or even more) when it is raining.
When I think about this subject, Santa Teresa is the first place that comes to my mind. It is one of the highlights of the city and on a rainy day it is for sure a good place to go. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by taking the Tram. The free electric tram starts at Carioca Station, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, and goes to Santa Teresa passing across the 45-metres (148 ft) high Carioca Aqueduct, a former aqueduct built in the 18th century, until the final station at Largo dos Guimarães.
Before reaching the final station, the tram passes by Largo do Curvelo. Not far from here at Rua Murtinho Nobre is the Parque das Ruínas. The park preserves the ruins of an ancient house, an exhibition room and the Museu Chácara do Céu (pieces of art from 19th century). You can get up to the top of the house where you have an interesting point of view of the city. All this with a beautiful garden and a little coffee house. The Park is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 6pm.
Then I recommend to go to Jardim Botânico (the Botanical Gardens). This garden can be a perfect place to go on a rainy or cloudy day. When it is not too hot it is very pleasant to walk through. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden opened in 1808, as part of the Portuguese research project. The first challenge was of acclimatizing the so-called spices from the East: vanilla, cinnamon, pepper and others.
Today, the cultivated area holds around 9 thousand botanical specimens belonging to around 1,500 species. A beautiful fountain and a large way with majestic king palms makes the parks’s visual majestic. It is open Mondays from 12pm to 5pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 5pm and entrance is R$10,00. The place has a gift shop and bookstore and also a Cafe.
I hope you’ll not be surprised by this one, but I highly recommend to do a cycling tour in the city center. For those who like biking and are not worried about getting a little wet the cloudy days are the best for cycling in the downtown. By bicycle you can explore a larger area than if you are walking and get better more out of your time. Thus you have easily access to historic places like Praça Mauá and Port Area, Cinelândia, Praça Tiradentes, Praça XV, Praça Marechal âncora, MAM, Arco do Telles, Arcos da Lapa (Carioca Aqueduct) and several others places.