Rio Day Trips: Niterói

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Niterói, one of Brazil’s richest cities is located just 25 minutes from Rio de Janeiro, across the Guanabara Bay. Though it’s within Rio’s urban grid, it is an entirely different city with several beautiful colonial villas, new lavish residential complexes and fancy shopping malls. As everywhere in Rio, the landscape is spectacular, including beautiful beaches. But the city itself is famous for something else: super cool Oscar Niemayer’s buildings. The most famous of them all: the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói on a cliff overlooking a small bay. The place couldn’t be more scenic with the spaceship looking museum appearing to have landed there to protect the bay.

We spent some time hanging around the museum and had great cake and coffee inside the coffee house (the views are outstanding). Then we went back to Niteroi’s city centre and had fun watching skaters and fishermen enjoy their daily routine around the newly built People’s Theatre (another Niemayer masterpiece). Heading back to Rio on a boat we were amazed once again by the views but a bit frustrated we had no time left to visit some of the beaches.  Now, that’s a great reason to come back to this marvelous place!

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