Rio quickly became my favourite city in the world. There is just no place in the world like Rio. Incredible azure beaches with the refreshingly cold ocean of the Atlantic, framed by these uniquely shaped mountains and sprawling jungle. The sun is perpetually out, buns are also always out. Brazilian’s are warm, carefree and live life with passion, flare and vivaciousness. This zest for life was embedded into the very DNA of the city itself.
I loved walking down Copacabana seeing the men appreciating the plethora of eye candy, self assured, confident women parading barely anything bikinis without a care in the world, watching athletic locals playing beach volleyball, indulging in every mouthful of delicious Acai daily, sipping tangy fresh Caiparinha’s on Ipanema with the hypnotic Dois Irmaos in the backdrop, looking up into the sky to see Cristo Ridentor from several angles majestically towering over the entire city, samba-ing in Lapa, walking through the colourful favelas with young boys intently kicking around a soccer ball…
The commonly used phrase ‘de nada‘, which equates to an Aussie ‘no worries’ became a past time in itself for my friend and I to hear. We loved the way Brazilian’s said it, as though someone was placing their hand reassuringly on your shoulder. The tone and Portugese language was so mesmerising and beautiful to us.
I will never forget my time in Rio. She exceeded all my expectations. Muito bom. I will be back for sure.
♥ Visit Cristo Redentor atop Mt Corcovado, check the weather forecast, line up early to get tickets. Clear skies or cloudy make for different but mutually beautiful experiences.
♥ Spend a day on Ipanema Beach soaking up the glorious beach atmosphere. Grab a caiprinha to sip on in the heat. Wish you were Gisele Bundchen.
♥ Visit the colourful Santa Marta Favela and grab lunch at a local eatery there.
♥ Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf, or walk up, you will encounter a few cheeky monkeys.
♥ Grab an XL Acai and people watch on Copacabana. Repeat several times a day as required.
♥ Party it up in Lapa District at night (be careful, take decoy wallet) and visit the Arcos da Lapa.
♥ Stroll through Jardim Botanica and visit Parque Lage. Photographer’s dream.
♥ Escadaria Selaron steps. Mosaics. Pretty.
♥ Grab a road side tapioca pancake from a Brazilian grandma with Dolce de Leche. So delish.
Here are a few photo’s from my time there.