Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro has always been a place I have been dying to visit.  I choose this destination because I’ve always heard it was spectacular.  My boyfriend and I explored a lot during our two weeks there.  Our hotel was on Copacabana beach so it was nice to walk out onto the beach and take a stroll.  We set aside a couple of days to go on some tours to see what the city has to offer!  The first stop, the Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) tour!  You hop in a cable car that takes you to the very top of the mountain.  Once you get to the top, you get a 360-degree view of surrounding beaches, mountains and forests.  The views are breathtaking and anywhere you take a picture the backdrop doesn’t disappoint!

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The following day, we took a walk to another neighborhood called Ipanema.  Ipanema, is located in the South area of the city of Rio.  One thing I noticed while walking from Copacabana to Ipanema was the black and white pattern on the sidewalk and how the design changes.  I really enjoyed the night life in Ipanema.  The bars, the food, shopping and more importantly the BEACH!  There were so many independent  vendors selling everything you could think of but decided on buying a bathing suit wrap.

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One of the seven wonders of the world, Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) was something I really wanted to check out.  The statue is a whopping 98 feet tall and it’s arms stretch 92 feet wide.  It’s located at the peak of Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio.  It took a while to get there, but when we finally made it I was completely blown away.  I  couldn’t take my eyes off of the statue or the ariel views!   We stayed up there for a while to eat and walked around the area.  It was definitely something to see for sure.

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A couple of days later my boyfriend wanted to watch a football (soccer) game, so we decided to experinece one at the Maracanã Stadium.  We had such a great time there.  The fans are so passionate about their teams and sang multiple songs throughout the game.  It was incredible to witness.

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We wanted to see more of Brazil, but didn’t know what tour to do.  We eventually decided on the favela (low income area) tour.  Our tour guide was amazing!  She took us through one of the favela’s and we meet a lot of the locals.  We were also lucky to catch a bunch of  kids doing capoeira (a brazilian martial art).  Overall, It was a very, very neat experience and would highly recommend adding it to your list of things to check out.

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Everything about Rio de Janeiro was so much fun!  I’m glad I had the chance to check out such an incredible city.  So much to see and do, you’ll never get bored.   Another great country that’s check off my list!

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