The city of Duque de Caxias is included to the region Rio de Janeiro and to the state Duque de Caxias
Presentation of the destination
Duque de Caxias is a scenic city in south east Brazil. It is bordered by Rio de Janeiro to the south and it is the second prosperous city in the state. With a population of over 845,000 and an area of 465 kilometers square, it is the second most populous suburb of Rio de Janeiro city. This city got its name from Luis Alves de Lima e Silva, the Duke of Caxias. An important hold for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duque de Caxias, this city is home to the Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube, the famous football team. With a hot climate, this city can be visited anytime during the year. An industrial city, it has the largest Oil and Chemical industries based here. Agriculture plays an important part in this region and there are sugar and coffee plantations on the outskirts. The currency used in Duque de Caxias is the Real.
Points of interests / things to see
This fort is at the top of the Morro do Leme hill on the eastern end of the Copacabana beach. A scenic setting that offers spectacular views from the hill. The Forte Duque de Caxias was built in 1779 to protect the city and served the purpose of a watch post on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. In 1922, it was involved in clashes with the rebellious Battleship São Paulo and the cannon shots destroyed a part of the fort. This fort was unarmed in 1965, and it is used as a teaching and research facility for human behavior by the Personnel Studies Center of the Brazilian Army. Take the trail up to the fort, the climb is easy and visitors will be treated to picturesque views of the Sugarloaf mountain. The cobblestone paths of 800 meters makes the ascend easier. Admire the greenery and wild flowers along the path and notice the fifteen stations of the Cross that are beside the trail. This was placed close to the pathway in remembrance of the path that Jesus Christ walked to the Calvary. The weather is hot and having drinking water is essential. There is a train station inside the military area and this fort is easy to reach. Address Almirante Júlio de Noronha s / n, Leme, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Telephone: 21-3223-507 Timings: 9:30-16:30
The Copacabana beach is 4 kilometers long from Postos Dois to Posto Seis. This pristine beach offers incredible views of the majestic Sugarloaf mountain and the Fort Duque de Caxias on the left and on the right, visitors can see the Copacabana Fort that has the Army Historical Museum. Walk on the golden sands and admire the spectacular sand sculptures created by artists from around the world. Stop over at the beach bars and taste the refeicao, the succulent spiced meat served with fried onions and agua de coco, coconut water. There are umbrellas on the beach for protection against the sun as it gets very hot in the afternoon. Relax and enjoy the sun glittering off the surf. The local authorities have developed good sports facilities near the beach for its inhabitants, visitors can also participate in sporting facilities along the beach. It is common to see the locals playing beach volleyball, football and lifting weights on the sands. The promenade was designed by Roberto Burle Marx and has an eye catching black and white wave pattern. Joggers, roller-skaters and bicyclists use the promenade. There are restaurants across the promenade and the Siri Mole, Carretao or Amir are popular choices.
The Copacabana Fort lies between the Copacabana beach and Arpoador. This fort was constructed in 1914 and it still retains many of the originally features. This former military stronghold was completely sheltered from the outside world to protect this country during war. It has a massive bunker with 12 meters thick walls that shelter it from the sea. Constructed with concrete and stones, there is a power station, control room, quarters for the soldier and the large Krupp cannons that could shoot long range at war ships. There is a war museum that helps the visitor understand the different types of weapons used in that era, along with uniforms and wax figures of historical characters. This fort offers panoramic views of the beach and city below. The Leme Fort is located at the top of the Leme Hill. Take the trail and enjoy the scenic view as you trek up the winding path, it takes about thirty minutes, but it is a beautiful experience. Enjoy the scenery of the lush vegetation with the sea and rugged rocks in the background. Notice the Christ Redeemer, Tijuca mountains and the fortresses of Rio de Janeiro city. The fort is well preserved and the museum has an informative display of the purpose of the fort. Relax at the restaurant and enjoy the scenery before your trek down.
The Jardim Botânico is about 20 kilometers from Duque de Caxias, this beautiful garden is located in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. It can be found at the foot of the Corcovado mountain, just below the right arm of Christ the Redeemer. This Botanical Garden showcases the diverse flora of this country. Walk around and admire the over 6,500 species of plants that are spread out on the 140 hectares of land. The greenhouses have many endangered species of exotic plants. Explore intriguing monuments of important historical and archaeological substance that has been displayed. The Jardim Botânico was created in 1808 by John VI, who was from Portugal. He intended to acclimatise spices like cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg that were originally from West Indies to be cultivated in this country. There is an important research center that still continues his work today. The center has an impressive library that has books on botany. Take a walk along the path from the entrance that has 134 palms on the 750 meter trail. Only 40% of the park is cultivated and the rest is left to naturally grow on the slopes of the Corcovado. Protected by the Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional, this beautiful garden was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1992.
The Sugarloaf mountain rises 396 meters into the sky and offers a breathtaking view of this region. Take a trip to Urca Hill as this is the first stage of the journey up the mountain. Admire the beautiful setting of the wind, mountains and the blue waters of the Atlantic ocean. With a charming view of the picturesque Copacabana, Niteroi bridge, Guanabara Bay and Christ the Redeemer, this is a perfect picnic spot! At a height of 220 meters, relax at the cafe and enjoy the scenery with a Caipirinha. The adventurous can take the trail to reach the summit of Sugarloaf, the trails begin through dense vegetation and the path is well marked. Others can take the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf and enjoy the picturesque scenery from that vantage point. The best time to visit this mountain is during the evening and the sunset is spectacular from this height. Enjoy the sun dipping into the sea and the shadow cast on the city below is mesmerizing. Take the cable car back to the base of the mountain and enjoy the promenade around the Praia Vermelha beach. Notice the contemporary houses that co-exist with the eclectic homes along the residential area.
The statue of Jesus Christ of Nazareth at Rio de Janeiro close to the city of Duque de Caxias is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It stands tall at 130 feet and 98 feet wide. Weighing about 635 tonnes, it is located on Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. The Corcovado mountain is 2,300 feet high and this symbol of Brazilian Christianity watches over the picturesque city. It was created between 1922 and 1931 and the statue was made of concrete and soapstone. This majestic statue has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A miniature train takes visitors through the Tijuca Forest from Cosme Velho, right to the statue. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from this height.
Take a trip of a lifetime and head to the open sea with the 4 hour canoe adventure that is popular in this region. Agencies offer a local guide and the necessary equipment to have a great day under the sun. Start with the city outlines and paddle towards the Sugarloaf mountain, enjoy the charming sights along the way with rugged rocks and pristine beaches dotting the coastline. The guide will ensure your safety and the water path chosen will be safe and the waters calm. Pass the Guanabara Bay's Urca Beach and admire the scenic landscape as the guide enlightens you about the history of the region.
Samba is one of the most sensuous dance forms and the birthplace of this dance is in Rio. Make a trip from Duque de Caxias to the Rio Samba Dancer and learn a few steps. There are many Samba clubs close to the beach and the live music bar are a fun place to spend the evening. Watch the youth of this city as they dance and sing the night away at the Estudantina that is open during the weekends with traditional music that gives an insight into the culture of this city. Rua Barata Ribeiro 261 / Fundos Fundos loja Delicate Rio de Janeiro. http://www.riosambadancer.com/.
Visitors will enjoy the adventure sports that is on offer in this city. Sugarloaf and Corcovado are popular rock climbing destinations and many professional climbers come from around the world to scale the peaks. One of the best countries offering great sports activities, except winter sports, hand gliding at Estilo Voo Livre is a once in a lifetime package. You can book your package and they will pick you up from Duque de Caxias for a day of wonderful memories. Kite surfing and cart racing are other popular sports in this area. http://www.estilovoolivre.com/?lang=en" http://www.mardorio.com.br/home_saidas.asp""
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How to get there ?
Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport (GIG/SBGL) is the airport closest to Duque de Caxias. It is just 19 kilometers from the city center. The Santos Dumont Airport (SDU/SBRJ) is the domestic airport that is about 29 kilometers from the city center of Duque de Caxias. The Mercosure Pass is a good option if you are planning to visit many South American cities, buses are good, but the journey can be long and tedious. There are taxis available outside the airport, the journey to Duque de Caxias is about 25 minutes, but do fix the rate before getting into one. Bus journey from Rio de Janeiro is cheap and clean. The buses are air conditioned and the deluxe coaches have reclining seats. There are regular buses between both the cities, but do reserve ahead to avoid disappointment. Car rentals in this country are expensive and the drivers on the roads are aggressive and break the normal rules of traffic. Renting a car will lead to stress and parking could be a problem. Getting around the city is easy with the local transport. There are 15 public transport companies and three intercity rail that help people reach their destination. http://www.braziltravelinformation.com/brazil_transportation.htm
Duque de caxias city hall
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