Powdery white-sand beaches. Verdant rainforests. Stylish, rhythm-filled metropolises. Charming colonial towns. This captivating country enraptures. Stunning biodiversity. The greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth. On our trip, we were lucky enough to experience a bit of all of the above.
Our adventure didn't stop. One minute we were ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, the next we were bodysurfing stellar breaks off palm fringed beaches.
Rio De Janeiro
We will start with Rio, where our trip began. Looking out from the 710m peak of Corcovado, we saw why Rio is called the Cidade Maravilhosa. There is a cinematic quality to this scene- lushly forested mountains fringe the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront.
Standing atop Corcovado (which means âhunchbackâ), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face.
Rio's Famous Beaches
âThere is the classic Copacabana Beach- a magnificent confluence of land and sea- the long, scalloped beach extends for some 4km. Then there is Ipanema Beach, its fame and beauty unabated since bossanova stars Tom Jobim and VinÃcius de Moraes introduced the world to its allure in the 1960s. We like both- don't ask us to choose.
Tijuca is the exuberant green 39-sq-km tropical-jungle preserve, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and high peaks. We could even see monkeys and toucans among the foliage.
The spirit of the people is what also sticks with you. There is a lust for life. A woke-up-on-the-good-side-of-the-bed vibe.
Brazil is famous for its festas, and we opted for a taste of the old world, by hitting up
PetrÃ³polis' beer- and schnitzel-loving Bauernfest. PetrÃ³polis and the surrounding region are packed with breweries, including Cervejaria Bohemia in the heart of town (Brazil's oldest brewery, with its own beer museum). The fantastically shaped peaks of Parque Nacional Serra dos ÃrgÃ£os are just a short drive out of town. Drink up!
âThere is a reason why this city is known as the "marvelous city". It will truly surprise you and take your breath away from the mountains to the sweeping coastal views. We hope you get a chance to visit Rio De Janeiro very soon!
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