Rio de Janeiro, A Year-Round Carnival
Want To Travel? Try Brazil’s Most Famous City
A look at what Rio de Janeiro has to offer those who want to travel there, and look beyond the run-of-the-mill tourist attractions; Get into the heart of the city!
The 11 hour flight from London is worth it: Sitting, cramped into a tiny seat, with numb legs and backside, bored stiff, will pay off once you touch down in possibly the most vibrant city the world has to offer.
What Rio Has To Offer
Upon reaching Rio de Janeiro, a world of opportunities is open to you: A globally renowned city which refuses to lose its identity and sense of local pride and recognition, it is difficult not to feel right at home.
While Brazil’s carnival, celebrated all across the country, may only last for five days in February; the pulsating atmosphere is apparent throughout the city for twelve months of the year.
Rio contains several well known landmarks, most notably the Cristo Redemptor, or ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue, one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Standing as a guardian angel over her kingdom, the sculpture is one of the most instantly recognisable images in the world. In addition, it is essential to visit Pao d’Acucar, or ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’, from where you can look out over the entire majestic landscape. Standing close to 1,300 feet above sea level, a visit on a cloudless day gives sightseers a perfect view across the city.
For any football fan, a trip to the Marcana football stadium is an absolute must: Three of Rio’s big four teams, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco de Gama play their football there, and it is home to some of the most passionate supporters you are likely to see. Expect a calorie burning 90 minutes of action, jumping up and down to the rhythm of the singing and dancing. Having watched football all over Europe previously, this is an experience poles apart from more reserved observers on this side of the planet.
Night-life in Rio
Carry on singing and dancing into the heart of Lapa, Rio’s most celebrated night spot. Here is where it is easiest to capture the ambience of a city, living Brazilian night-life at its finest. Step into the night air and the sense of anticipation grabs anyone instantaneously; a good time is to be had here. This is helped by the fact that the people of this illustrious city, on the whole, are some of the most welcoming and hospitable around. Happy to help strangers in a strange land, the positivity of a metropolis that has seen, and still sees such a huge amount of poverty and deprivation is awe inspiring.
The cuisine is a carnivore’s delight. Rio may be an international city, but Brazil’s most famous type of restaurant, the churrasceria, a kind of all you can eat barbecue, is in abundance. Various cuts of beef, pork and lamb are readily available, brought to your table on spits by waiters, who then carve off your slices of tender meat before your eyes. In addition, you can sample coracao de galinha, or chicken hearts; a Brazilian delicacy – not for the faint hearted!
If travellers feel like spreading their wings beyond the boundaries of Rio de Janeiro, the beautiful town of Niteroi is just a 20 minute ferry ride away. Boasting fantastic views of Rio from across the water, as well as the jaw dropping Itacoatiara beach: The scenery is spectacular, and the sands far less crowded than Rio’s Copacabana or Ipanema beaches.
It would be an arduous task to be disappointed by Brazil’s most famous city. In a place so diverse there is something for everyone, as well as a smile from your welcoming hosts. Now go and see for yourself.2015-09-25