How to be Rio!
I first went and fell in love with Rio de Janeiro when I was a teenager, venturing with some friends on a school break. I was so impressed, I promised I would go back. Let’s say that Rio made such a great impression on me that I could never stop going back.
Rio de Janeiro is stunning, it’s sexy, it’s breathtaking, it’s fascinating!
There is something about Rio de Janeiro that grabs you and makes you feel alive, makes you want to dance the Bossa Nova or Samba. Or you can just walk around Ipanema beach feeling that the songs was made for you and just you.
I have so many things to say about Rio, about the majestic place, or the stunning smiley cariocas, or it’s delicious food and drinks.
Rio is divided into various neighborhoods and my own opinion Ipanema and Leblon are the best.
From the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the magnificent summits of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugarloaf, Rio combines natural attractions with a sprawling metropolis. Rio is a party city and one that you must see (if you haven't yet) specially if you love a good time, fun, happy people, great music and great food.
I recommend staying at the Belmond Copacabana Palace. Why? Because it is one of the world's great hotels, opened in 1923, home of the rich and famous, including Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and its faces Copacabana beach!
Here are other suggestions for things to see and do when visiting Rio de Janeiro:
Go during Carnival – The Rio Carnival is one of the most famous in the world with people coming together from all over the world to see the parade, dance, and party for days! The streets come alive with thousands of people wandering in festive costumes and famous floats. It’s amazing, but book way in advance to be sure to get a good hotel.
Escadaria Selarón - Also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as "my tribute to the Brazilian people"
Christ the Redeemer – The 100 foot high statue of Christ the Redeemer sits atop the Corcovado mountain and can be seen from any point in Rio. The statue is also one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. From its vantage point, you can take in the mountains, the bay, and the entire cityscape from the favelas to the skyscrapers.
Sugarloaf Mountain –The world famous Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the city’s most popular tour destinations. It’s 1300 feet tall, and at its peak, the entire city unfolds below you. There are spectacular views of Ipanema and Guanabara Bay—try to get here at sunset or sunrise for a beautiful moment as the sun unfolds upon the city.
Arpoador - Another great spot to see the sunset is Arpoador. Is a region located on the southern zone of the city Rio de Janeiro, in a small peninsula between Ipanema and Copacabana. Part of its territory belongs to the neighbourhood of Ipanema, and part to Copacabana
Maracaná Stadium – Maracaná is one of the largest stadiums in the world, seating 100,000 supporters. It was also the site of the historic World Cup final in 1950 between Brazil and Uruguay (Uruguay won!), Brazilians never recover from it, it still a touch subject. Come for a game here, and see what really fires locals up.
The Botanical Gardens – For a moment of calm, head to the city’s botanical gardens. Walk along the meandering paths and trails or take a guided tour (they’re free!) of the gardens. Be sure to check out the carnivorous greenhouse filled with Venus flytraps and pitcher plants. Just don’t stick your finger in them.
Don'r forget the beaches – Ipanema and Copacabana are the two largest beaches. The words “the beautiful people” will take on a new meaning here as Rio’s residents are simply stunning and like to flaunt it in tiny bathing suits. Ipanema has classy restaurants and nightlife, while Copacabana has more to do during the day.
Arcos da Lapa –For those of you that love nightlife, this is an awesome district to head out to on a Friday night. There are many clubs to choose from in the area and street food carts to snack at as you progressively throw back more drinks.
I could not think of a better time to go then now, and while you're there don’t forget to eat some “churrasco” and drink “caipirinhas” and I’m sure you will “se apaixonar” (fall in love) with Rio!
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