Brazil

Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Emma Hackwood

1

Top 5 Things to Experience in Rio

Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer; this exuberant cultural capital of Brazil is tucked between the mountains and the sea and is endowed with awe-inspiring natural beauty. From Copacabana Beach, to savouring the local delicacies, we share the Top 5 experiences one should have on their next trip to Rio.

1. The Corcovado

A definite must-see is the Corcovado which can be accessed by Corcovado rack railway train up to the top. Approximately 300,000 visitors flock from all over the world to see this amazing statue known as the Statue Redeemer of Christ, which stands 38 meters high and is one of the seven New Wonders of the Modern World.

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil

Whilst standing at the top you have amazing panoramic views of downtown Rio, Sugarloaf mountain, Copacabana, and Ipanema beach. I stood at the foot of the Corcovado surrounded by unique mountains and formations while taking in all of the beauty Rio has to offer.

 

2. Sugar Loaf Mountain

rio 5

Next to the Corcovado is Sugar Loaf mountain which is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay  on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. To get to the top of Sugar loaf mountain you can take a glassed wall cable car that runs along a 1400 meter route between Pao de Acucar and Morro de Urca every 20 minutes.

Rio, Brazil

It was a beautiful ride to Sugar Loaf and full of breathtaking views!

 

3. Capoeira

Capoeira

One thing you must see for yourself is the traditional Brazilian dance “Capoeira” Generated from the slavery period, the movements looked like dance to the passerby, but in reality it was a meant to simulate a fight between two men.

 

4. Sip a Caipirinha

Rio 3

During the hot months, cool down with a fruit flavored Caipirinha pronounced “Kie-Pur-Reen-Yah” which is their most famous drink and consists of limes,  Leblon cachaça, and pure sugar cane syrup. If you don’t drink alcohol, then coconut water is best which helps to cool you down from the hot weather and only costs about $2.50 Rias (1.00 CAD).

 

5. Copacabana Beach

Rio, Brazil

This is the famous beach where small bathing suites are sold (and worn) and is full of kiosks selling coconut water and food. The famous grey and black wave marble that lines the beach stretches 4 km with many restaurants and hotels. The beach itself has white sand and calm water. It is a popular spot for beach sports like soccer and volleyball, and a good place to sunbathe.

Even though there is poverty in Brazil seen in the Favelas situated higher up the mountains, I have to say Brazilians are probably some of the friendliest and happiest people I have ever met in my life! Brazil is an amazing country with so much to offer and it really made me appreciate the tiny things in life that we tend to take for granted!

 

Looking for more information on travelling to Brazil? Contact a Flight Centre Travel Consultant at 1-877-967-5302 or visit your closest store

*Rio will be the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics in 2016, and will be the primary host city for the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament in 2014.*

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.



One Response to Top 5 Things to Experience in Rio

  1. John says:

    Wow! Great pictures! it is real that Brazil is a very excellent country. Specially The Corcovado is an amazing creation. Also many attractive places are there for watching and travelling. Now the greatest show on Earth World Cup 2014 is going on there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Talk to one of our

Airfare Experts

1855 504 1954

Our consultants:

check
Can personalize your vacation
to meet your needs

check
Can find the best value
for your money

check
Can give advice on the
best way to put your trip
      plans into action

*Where would you like to fly?

*Departure Date
*Return Date

*Name.
Phone

*City/Airport.

*Province

*Email.

Additional Comments.


*Required