Blogs from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro July 15th 2021

Sugar loaf mountain Sugar Loaf, Portuguese Pão de Açúcar, landmark peak overlooking Rio de Janeiro Named for its shape, the conical, granitic peak (1,296 feet ) lies at the end of a short range between Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Ocean. At its base is the fortress of São João. The name Sugarloaf was coined in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the heyday of sugarcane of trade in Brazil. According to historians blocks of sugar were placed in conical molds made of clay to be transported on ships. The form of the peak reminded them of the well-known resulting”sugarloaf” shape, and the nickname has since been extended to be a general descriptor for formations of this kind We took the cable car runs to its summit from the adjacent Urca Hill with a ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro May 7th 2021 2nd May - Botanical Gardens Rio de Janeiro It was founded in 1808 by John, prince regent of the United Kingdom of Brazil and Portugal (later King John VI, for introducing and acclimatizing economically beneficial plants brought from other tropical regions of the world. Originally intended for the acclimatization of spices like nutmeg,pepper and cinnamon imported from the West Indies. The garden was opened to the public in 1822. The park itself consists of the Botanical Garden, research centers, museum collections, cultural centres. The diversity of plants is extraordinary and is mostly made up of vegetation from the Atlantic forest yet approximately 40% is cultivated on site. This unique setup is home to 140 species of birds including the channel-billed toucan and the white-necked hawk. It also boasts wild monkeys and which ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro February 29th 2020

Rio 2-21-2020 Rio, Brazil Hom nay la ngay dau tien toi den Rio nen toi danh ngay nay de di den noi quan trong nhat la Christ the Redeemer buoi sang de buoi toi toi xem Carnival. Christ of the Redemer: Duoc xay nam 1922. Cao 98ft, tay vang ra 92ft. Nang 635 tons. Christ of Redemer la 1 of 7 wonder of the world nam tren dinh nui Corcovado cao 2,300ft trong Tijuca National Forest. Toi di den tram Metro Central gan khach san de mua ve. Di bo khoang 15 moi den noi ve tren duong di toi thay nhieu homeless ngu ngoai duong pho, co rat nhieu sap ban do linh tinh it tien o tram xe Metro. Da so la dan da den. Toi biet noi day rat bat an nhat la ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro February 10th 2020

Saturday 8th February & Sunday 9th February 2020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It was a good idea to get an extra day in Rio and after a fairly bumpy 11 ½ hour flight we ended up at the airport 20.30pm ( Brazil time which is 3hrs behind UK time!). It’s a good job we didn’t leave it until the Sunday as UK was hit by Storm Ciara, loads of BA flights were cancelled and the storm made headline news!! A smooth transfer to the Hilton Hotel, Copacabana Beach, (1 hr 20mins) a quick pack of the day bag for tomorrow and a look at the Roof Top Bar with its infinity pool and views of the beach and Christ the Redeemer ( that actually looks very small!) and that was us done. Five hours sleep and ... read more
Me and Him at Christ the Redeemer
SAeleron Steps
Sugar Loaf Mountain

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro January 3rd 2020

Little Red Riding Hood goes girl power - and a lot more All photos in this blog entry is of street art. First of all we want to point out that we make a difference between street art and graffiti. Street art is often, not always but often, permitted and sometimes even commissioned. Street art is created with the main purpose of transforming a dull wall into something more interesting. Graffiti, on the other hand, is mostly rubbish and vandalism and not something we condone. Some of the best street art totally rivals high quality art in major art galleries. What we also like about street art is that it is free of charge to enjoy and that we can look at it while we are doing other sightseeing. Also looking for street art might involve ... read more
Woman and bird of pray
Ayrton Senna

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro January 1st 2020

Rio de Janeiro has much more than Copacabana and the Jesus statue The second half of our vacation in Brazil we spent in Rio de Janeiro - a city that was a lot more interesting than we expected. For some reason we didn't think much of Rio when we arrived. We thought: "A famous beach and a concrete Jesus on top of a mountain and that's probably it." It therefore came as a very pleasant surprise that there was so much to discover beyond the big well-known attractions. Rio de Janeiro is a city with so much charm. A bit rough on the edges and it might be argued that it even is a bit run down. But we loved that roughness. Also add that the city has exciting architecture from at least three different centuries ... read more
Ipanema beach
Rio's old architecture
19th century architecture?

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty December 23rd 2019

There is a chunk of Finland hidden in Rio De Janeiro State Over Christmas and New Year we went to Brazil for two weeks. Brazil is a huge country so we only had time to roam around a little bit in Rio de Janeiro State. Here we are going to write about what we saw during those days of this trip when we rented a car and drove around the state. Arraial do Cabo We started this trip in Arraial do Cabo, a coastal town a few hours drive east of Rio de Janeiro. It is a typical bathing resort town where most everything revolves around the beach and the marina. The marina sees action because the various boat tours leave from there. We went to Arraial do Cabo mainly to celebrate Christmas with some relatives. ... read more
Interesting rock formation
Villa in Petropolis

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro November 7th 2019

During breakfast this morning we made a last minute decision to switch our plans for the day and do an historical walking tour. We were very pleased that we changed our plans. We learned a lot about the history of Rio. Our guide was English speaking and was very informative. Our first stop was the Convent of Saint Anthony. It is the oldest religious site in Rio. We learned an interesting fact about St. Anthony in Rio. She asked what people pray to St. Anthony for. A couple from New York and I both said he helps find lost items. Not here though. She said he is the Patron Saint of Marriage. The story goes if you want to find a spouse you fill a bowl of water and put in a statue of St. Anthony ... read more
Tent Vendors downtown Rio
Busy Downtown shopping street
Colombo's Bakery

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro November 6th 2019

Today was a long day but a most enjoyable one. It began with breakfast in the hotel restaurant serving eggs, sausage, bacon, sweets, fruits, lunchmeats, cheeses, cereal, yogurt, breads, juices, coffee or tea. It was a very nice beginning to our day. Since there was so much ground to cover today with sights we wanted to see we decided to go with a tour group which worked out very well. Our first stop was at the Seleron Steps. These were created by a Chilean born artist, Jorge Seleron, as a tribute to the Brazilian people. He covered the steps between the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa with ceramic tiles in the color of the Brazilian flag. He began in 1990 and completed them in 2013 after covering them with over 2000 tiles with 300 of ... read more
View from a top of a mountain
Another city view from a mountain top (Copacabana)
Coastal Bay Area

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro October 9th 2019

After a long day of travel from Foz De Iguazu, I had finally reached the city of Rio De Janeiro. I had started my trip in Peru, all the way on the Pacific side of the continent, and several weeks and thousands of kilometers later I was now on the Atlantic. The sun had dipped and I ordered an Uber to take me into town. Shawn had already arrived several hours earlier, and had rented us an Air BnB condo for the next few days in the fancy district of Ipanema; known for its shops, cafes, and beach. I had heard loads of things about Rio, but having enough travel experience I've learned to come to my own realizations. Still, like many other cities, it's important to keep your head up and eyes open. Also probably ... read more
Christ The Redeemer
Rio at Sunset

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