Look back: Rio in Photos
After visiting Easter Island, the land of Rapa Nui and Moai figures Shuchi and I were ready to visit next destination on our list - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. We flew from Santiago, Chile to Rio in October 2014. We booked our stay in a hotel in Ipanema area that was safe, modern, and full of beach activity and shops.
We walked along the Ipanema beach enjoying the weather and views. After walking for around 3km we reached another beautiful beach of Rio - Copacabana. This 4km beach is considered to be one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Forte De Copacabana
At the south end of the Copacabana beach, Fort Copacabana is the military base open to the public and contains Museum of the history of the Army. The museum had several exhibits showcasing different periods and events from the history of Brazil.
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Corcovado is a mountain located in Tijuca National forest in Rio de Janeiro that is about an hour drive from Ipanema area. This hill is visible from entire city and is worldwide known for the 38m high statue of Jesus Christ on it peak known as Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer. In order to reach the peak, we had to take a train, which runs every 20 minutes. This is one of the busiest tourist spots in Rio and is always crowded. We were able to see the mesmerizing panoramic views of downtown Rio, Copacabana and Ipanema beach from the top of Corcovado Mountain.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Another iconic mountain peak of Rio de Janeiro is Sugar Loaf Mountain. In order to reach the summit we had to take two cable cars. This mountain comprises of two peaks: First, Morro da Urca which is 220m high and second Pão de Açúcar. The views of Rio from this place are simply breathtaking.
Old Town Rio
Shuchi and I spent another day just walking along the streets of old town Rio. We saw several churches, state parliament and other historic structures along the way. We had a great time in Rio de Janeiro and loved the breathtaking views from various mountain peaks. Next stop after Rio was trip to Manaus and Amazon rain forest which was an adventure in itself.