Rio is one of the most vibrant places we have visited. On our first day there, Easter Sunday, we were lucky enough to be staying two blocks away from the Sunday Hippie Fair. It is the best place for Brazillian souvenirs, jewellery and yummy street food.
Our second day there we took a walk to one of the most famous beaches in the world, the Copacabana. We spent the day lying on the beach. To cool down, we ate açaí na tigela. It´s a famous Brazillian dessert, a blended sorbet of açaí berries mixed with any fruit you want. It´s heavenly and good for you.
There is so much to see in Rio, we thought the best thing to do was to arrange a city tour. On Tuesday, a tour took us around to the Cristo Redentor statue, the Catedral Metropolitana, the steps in Lapa and lastly Sugarloaf mountain.
Unfortunately, we did see much of the Christ Statue as it was completely covered in clouds. It was a bit disappointing but we tried to see the funny side.
The Cathedral was not very traditional or aesthetic, but the stain glass windows are very beautiful and the best thing about the building.
The Escadaria Selarón (Lapa steps), featured in Pharrell and Snoop Dogg´s ´Beautiful´video, was definitelty our favourite sight. There are over 200 steps of coloured tiles created by Jorge Selarón, a Chilean artist. There are so many quirky tiles, you could easily spend ages looking at them and discovering new ones, from Princess Diana´s face to a tile of the Eiffel Tower.
Sugarloaf had the best views of the city.
The next day we went to the neighbourhood of Flamengo. There is in an open admission museum there displaying the dresses of Carmen Miranda.
While we were in this area, we happened to have a much better view of the Christ statue.
For our last evening in Rio, and in Brazil, we went out in Ipanema. There is a very famous restaurant and bar called La Garota de Ipanema. Its the original location of where the song , the Girl From Ipanema, was written. The song was inspired by a girl who used to frequent the bar, and walk pass daily.
There is so much more we could have done in Rio, but after four quick days we were moving on to the eastern coast of Mexico.