Rio’s Christ Statute
So, between partying like it was 1999, and flying off of cliffs, we did make it over to hike up the way to the Christ Statue. The view was incredible and it was a sight like none other. As we got about half way up it started pouring rain and we were not ready for al that. So heads, if you do go, pack a raincoat (just in case)…cause by the time you get up there and back down, you will be more wet than a fish. It was well worth the trip up and a beautiful hike for the day.
“Cristo Redentor iluminado” by Alan Lima Brandão – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons –
Now, the city of Rio itself is something you see in Fast and the Furious. The inner city is actually quite intimidating. It’s a wee bit dirty and a wee bit ghetto, but once you get to the beaches, it certainly gets much nicer. If you are looking for beaches over partying, head to Bora Bora. We stayed at a 5 Star resort on the beach which was closer to the equivalent of a 3 ½ star back home. It was nice, but not what was expected. Even if it wasn’t what we expected, it was right on Copa and the night I had to vacate the room for my girl (she had met an Italian boy that didn’t speak a lick of English. HA), I slept with my pillow and a blanket up at the rooftop pool. This was one of the most amazing nights I had had. As the sun came up through the glass that separated the pool area from the sky, it was more beautiful than I could have imagined. The warmth of the evening met with the beautiful orange and pinks that raised up in the sky. That sunrise is one I will never forget and one I will always be grateful for. If I had the chance to choose again in Copa specifically I’d have to pick either the JW Marriott or the Sofitel.
We managed to do the typical tourist things while we were there. Shop, shop and shop. While I’m normally not much of a shopper, in Brazil the clothes were cute & cheap and we required entirely new wardrobes. This was one of the huge perks of traveling in and out of a warzone. Our clothes would turn color and get the warn look much more quickly so every time we’d out of country, we’d fill our suitcase so we’d have plenty for the next 4 months. Life was good.
The one thing we ended up missing by one day, one whole stinking day was Carnival. We were so bummed. So make sure you take a look at the schedule, before you book your trip… because this is one of the most amazing events for the area. Between the parades and the parties, this time resembles New Orlean’s Mardi Gras.
Rio Carnival Calendar
YEAR STARTING FRIDAY
2016 February 5th
2017 February 24th
2018 February 9th
2019 March 1st
2020 February 21st
Alright y’all, if you are out there traveling, enjoy the heck out of it!
Take care, Jill Charpia
Featured image: “Christ on Corcovado mountain” by Artyominc – Template:Artyom Sharbatyan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons