Rio de Janeiro  is an icon so universal that it transcends Brazil and South America. It is famous worldwide and the reasons abound. It is a city infinitely happy, as it is each Brazilian in general, but explained in its samba, Carnival and its football, complemented by a striking landscape of hills and beaches also known.

It is located on the Brazilian coast, half-height, on the Bay of Guanabara. It is very tropical; the summer can be extremely hot and rainy, and in winter it is not too cold.

The beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Where to begin? In general I look for beaches, and when I have them, I start the visit out there. Rio de Janeiro has several beaches,  most centrally (e.g. Botafogo and Flamengo) which implies more dirty and enclosed bays, and other more distant in the South: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon are some of them. But wait, to be further away doesnt means more emptier, since many people live in that area populated by buildings, and they are also the most visited beaches by the world tourism.

Rio de Janeiro is more striking than others from Brazil but has beautiful landscapes with islands in front and hills behind. There is nothing like watching the summer sunset on Ipanema beach, or at the Arpoador between Ipanema and Copacabana.

The city of Rio de Janeiro

If you are interested in more passes through the city, dont worry since there are plenty of destinations.  Two well-known places are Morro Pão de Açúcar and the Christ the Redeemer on the Corcovado Hill. The first one is located between Botafogo and Copacabana and it has a privileged view of the city. Up there is a cable car – Bondinho – that integrates a very interesting ride.

Morro de Pão de Açúcar. Photo: Bryan Rocha

Morro de Pão de Açúcar. Photo: Bryan Rocha

However there is a cheaper option to save 10 or 15 dollars of the Bondinho: Morro de Urca.  It is the first stop of the cable car, you can climb walking, and it also has a spectacular view.

Morro de Urca

Morro de Urca

The Christ Redeemer is a hill known most of all for the monument of Christ, built more than 100 years ago when was the centenary of the independence of Brazil. The figure, embracing the entire city looking, is an image that traveled around the world, to the point of being known as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The train and the entrance to the Park can be booked before uploading, online or at the offices that are on the beach. The price is around $20.
For those travellers who like green places, Rio de Janeiro offers these spaces in abundance. Bordering the lagoon, point by striking others, you can reach to the Botanical Garden, a garden that dates back to the imperial era of Brazil, with trees varied, from all backgrounds, sizes, and colors. The ticket costs USD $2, which lasts until 6.30 pm when they close.

If instead you prefer to go up without entering the botanical garden you can go by the Rua Pacheco Leão, to the Vista Chinesa,  a viewpoint from which you can see the lagoon, beaches of Ipanema and Leblon, and the hills of the southern zone. Even if a car is not available, the privileged view asserts the effort of climbing on foot or by bike.

 Vista Chinesa

Vista Chinesa

Rio de Janeiro at  night

The nightlife varies according to the day and the public. In  Gávea  many people meet on thursday and Sunday nights, especially students. During the weekends Arcos de Lapa have lot offering bars, nightclubs and even stalls in the street.

Mention apart to the carioca carnival. It varies year to year between late February and early March, as happens everywhere; During weekends, it is common to find the “Blocos”, a large concentrations around batteries of samba, with lots of color and rhythm. Parades of large schools, which have thousands of people, held the weekend of Carnival in the Sambadrome.

Photo: Digo_Souza

Photo: Digo_Souza

Tickets for this event are very expensive as there is a high demand for international tourism. The alternative is to visit the sambodromo for free on the previous weekends, time in which schools are making their latest trials.
Finally, to spend a month or a week and take some caipirinhas at Lapa, Rio de Janeiro fits everything that one can find.

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Author Santiago

Hola! Soy Santi, tengo 22 años y estudio matemática en Buenos Aires. Porteño de toda la vida, no sé a dónde voy a ir a parar en el futuro. En los últimos años viajé mucho por Sudamérica, y cada viaje fue más revelador que el anterior. Tenemos un continente hermoso del que nunca nos vamos a poder alejar: la Patria Grande con la que Bolívar soñó.

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