Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

We stayed in Rio de Janeiro for about a week and a half. I was really excited to come here, because I've heard so many great things about the city. Our main reason to come was for Carnival, but of course we did lots of other things.
When we first arrived, we were welcomed into our apartment with flower necklaces from Flavian. We rented from her and her husband Hiram. She was super sweet, and wouldn't stop saying what an amazing trip we're on and how awesome my mom is for taking us. We walked around in Rio and visited some attractions. It is such a beautiful city. There are all these mini bays filled with turquoise water, and the Christ Redeemer statue (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) looks over the whole city, and lights up purple at night. I think it's a perfect temperature, it was pretty much 80 degrees every day while we were there. We had a subway station right outside of our apartment, which was nice and convenient. I noticed at the beach that all the swimsuits were a lot smaller than are usually worn where I live. The guys also wore speedos, which would definitely not be common where I live! I guess people in Brazil are just more comfortable with showing skin.
We went to two different beaches in Rio, and they were both in short walking distance from our apartment. The ones we visited were Copacabana and Ipanema. Copacabana is supposedly the most famous beach in the world, and it sure was crowded! It had a pretty backdrop of mountains, though. Ipanema was right on the other side of the peninsula from Copacabana, and it was just slightly less crowded. Both beaches were lined with coconut, corn and popcorn stands. I especially loved the coconut.
We took a train to the Christ Redeemer after a few days. The statue was huge! It was the 3rd wonder of the world we have seen, the other two being Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza (when I was younger). The view from it was really pretty. We could see the whole city, including the bays and lagoons filled with turquoise water.
We also took a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. The view from there was even prettier from the Christ Redemeer. There was a mini forest thing at the top of the mountain where we walked around, and we got coconuts from the bar.
Carnival was definitely the most exciting thing that we did in Brazil. We actually did this before the Christ Redemeer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Like other big things that we do, all the details are in a seperate entry.
I was actually sad to leave Rio. It is so beautiful and tropical, and I certainly wouldn't mind living there if I had to move. The people seem happier there. But I was excited to go to our next stop: Galapagos!
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