So, after years of looking at the iconic images of the sugar-loaf mountain, the statue of Christ on the mountaintop, overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and extravagantly colorful costumes of carnival dancing girls I finally got here to check it all out.
We landed in Rio in the evening and got to our hotel some 45 minutes later fighting local traffic. Our hotel is located right on the famous Copacabana Beach. After we got settled in we went out for a walk on the beach. We had our Caipirinha right on the strand in one of the numerous cafes/open air restaurants. I had to soak it in, the fact that I am walking here with Ana, on a Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro while the warm waves of the Atlantic wash out at our feet. Mmmmm…., that’s life.
The next morning we set off on our city tour. It was rather long and crowded bus tour but, the sights made up for the cattle experience.
Rio de Janeiro is like no other city in the world. We got our first spectacular view of it from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite outcrop about 400 m high. To get there, we took a couple of cable cars. The topography of the southern part of the city is amazing. There are many inlets, mountains, beaches and bays. The city is interconnected by 27 tunnels and contains a largest urban forest of all world’s cities.
In the afternoon we visited the famous Corcovado mountain where the statue of the Christ the Redeemer is located. It is immense and quite impressive. Of course there are more great views of the city from there. We were able to see the Copacabana and Ipanema beach from there, the Maracana stadium and Sugarloaf Mountain.
We keep searching for the perfect Caipirinha…