Brazilian Carnaval is right around the corner. Have any of you gone to carnaval? If so, share with me your experiences on the comments below! Next week, Rio de Janeiro is going to be filled with happy people partying and celebrating! Since I live in Rio, I always end up getting into the party vibe as well. However, I have to confess that only one night on the avenue to watch one of the greatest shows in the world, already makes me happy. For the rest of Carnaval days, I like to take the time to explore the beautiful city. Rio is gorgeous and I will tell you the places I love most about this city.
Let’s start with Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). With open arms at the summit of Mount Corcovado, the Christ statue is always blessing the “Wonderful City”. It was created in 1931, of reinforced concrete clad and is the main postal card of Rio. It is considered Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO and in 2006 was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
The Sugarloaf is another “must see”. On the climb, by cable car, you are already dazzled with the view, jaw dropping! The first stop is the Morro da Urca. From there you take the second cable car to finally arrive at the Sugarloaf. In the summer there is always shows going on there.
The Arpoador Beach is one of the classic places of Rio. The water has a beautiful shade of blue and is always full of surfers. As the sun starts to set, sit on the Arpoador stones do drink a coconut water and watch the sky turn colors. But, if you prefer to watch the sunset from a better view, drinking a glass of champagne, then stay in the trendy Fasano hotel and enjoy the moment at the swimming pool that is located on the rooftop!
If you like adventure and adrenaline, how about paragliding? I am still trying to gain courage. One of these days I will go down the Pedra Bonita towards the Pepino Beach, in São Conrado. For now, while the fear doesn’t let me jump, I take satisfaction with a hike to on the mount to enjoy the view of the city.
Now, one of my favorites: the sunset of magical colors at the Barra da Tijuca beach. It can be at the Quebra-Mar, in front of the Pepê tent or at the K8 kiosk seeing the surfers catch waves!
The Museum of Tomorrow is a place that is here to stay. It is beautiful. Pure source of inspiration. From the acquis to the project signed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava. The museum opened its doors in 2015 as part of the proposal for the revitalization of the port region of Rio, in the Guanabara Bay. It is spectacular, definitely worth a visit.
In the late afternoon, take a walk on the curb of Urca and see where locals love to sit down and relax, chat on a circle of friends and drink something. You will be surprised with the sunset. Simply beautiful.
Lastly, since we are a few days away from carnaval, schedule a night to watch the samba parade in the Marquês de Sapucaí. Go to the Sambodromo! The joy of the people is so contagious. It’s a must see at least once in your life to understand the emotion!
Well, the Rio is enormous. Full of nice and cool places. These are just some of them. What are your favorite places? I am sure you will remember several others. So, tell us.
XoXo and until next Tuesday!