Finally we are writing this post!!! A lot of people have been asking us about our trip to Brazil, even about the photos because we never posted them on Facebook… The moment has arrived!! lol Better late than never, right?!! We decided to write about our trip splitting it in parts… because there’s so much to share guys. Especially now, Brazil will be hosting so many events in the next couple of years and a few them are major like the World Cup and the Olympics. We really want the posts about Brazil to be informative posts for future reference for people who are planning to travel there.
I don’t know if everyone knows that I am from Brazil. So, our trip there was to see my family but at the same time I wanted to introduce Brazil to Marilyn.. not just the touristy side but the “real” Brazilian lifestyle. Our hotel was in Copacabana one block away from Copacabana beach. It was a great hotel with one of the best breakfasts we ever had! They had over 40 buffet items: breads, cheeses, fresh fruits and juices, eggs, brazilian pastries…que delicia!!!
Our first stop was in Rio de Janeiro!
We got there around 11am, did our check-in at the hotel and left to go to the beach to drink caipirinha. After 19 hrs of flying… We deserved it!! It was that same night that we went to see Maria Rita’s concert.
The next day we did the monuments tour… Sugar loaf, Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado), Maracanã stadium, the Cathedral, downtown, etc. We bought a tour package from an agency to do this tour all in one day. We advise you to buy a package (at every hotel there’s one with different prices) and I’ll tell you why. All of these places are very busy, a taxi in Rio is very expensive, and the lines are huge… with our tour we enjoyed our time without having to think about buying tickets, where to go or even walking around lost… You are going to save time and money we guarantee that!
Our first stop of the day was to visit Christ the Redeemer. It’s impossible to imagine a trip to Rio de Janeiro without visiting Christ the Redeemer. Located on top of Corcovado’s Mount, this monument is the best-known Brazilian image, famous all over the world. Every year, more than six hundred thousand people are taken to Christ the Redeemer’s statue by way of the almost hundred-year-old Corcovado train.
You have two ways to go to visit the Christ: by car or by taking the railway . We went using the train and we think this is the best option because the train cuts through the world’s largest urban forest: Tijuca’s National Park situated in the heart of the city, a part of the so-called Atlantic Forest, considered an example of nature conservation. It’s an eco-tour experience!!
While you are in the train there is a samba band playing and singing live brazilian music with an amazing view. Using a car you won’t experience anything like this! The train departs every 20 minutes and the trip takes 20 minutes to get there.
The foundation of Christ the Redeemer was placed in 1922 and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. The image is 38-meters high and located at the base of the 700 meter Corcovado Mount. Christ the Redeemer is the Brazilian symbol of Christianity, faith and happiness of the carioca people (native Rio de Janeiro people) and it will turn 82 years old in 2013. Christ the Redeemer was chosen out of 21 nominated monuments all over the world as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World through an online and cellular phone messaging election organized by the New Seven Wonders Foundation of Switzerland.
When you get there it is always crowed with people from all over the world. The monument is huge !! Everybody needs to lay down if you want to take a picture of the whole thing, so you will see lot of people on the ground. Another “ritual”…you need to open your arms wide like everybody else does when you are there for your picture !lol.
From the peak’s platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf mountain, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lake), Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Estádio do Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium), and several of Rio’s favelas. (Favela is the term for a shanty town in Brazil most often within urban areas.) The view is breathtaking! Gorgeous!!
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Next post will be about Sugar Loaf!! Stay tuned!!
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Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn