Rio de Janeiro City Guide
Rio de Janeiro is the city of possibilities. Whatever you are looking for, Rio is the place where you will find it.
During the short period of time which I spent in Rio, I only briefly got to know the city, but what I saw of the buzzing metropolitan left me yearning for more. I left Rio with a satisfied but yet unfulfilled feeling. Satisfied because I had had an amazing five days in the city, constantly on the go and with not a second to spare. Unfulfilled in the sense that the city offered me more than I could possibly accept during my short visit.
The most popular area to stay in Rio de Janeiro is Lapa or Copacabana. Lapa, where I stayed, has a vibrant night scene with a great selection of different bars and clubs.
When I left Rio, I was exhausted. To that reason, I do recommend a longer stay in the city than five days. In order to do and see as much as possible of the metropolitan, my sleep was cut down to a bare minimum. And even then I found that just getting around the city was so time consuming that half of the time spent in the city consisted of getting from one place to another.
If you are going to Rio am I sure that you are already familiar with the tourist attractions such as Cristo Redentor (or Christ the Redeemer as the protector of Rio is named in English), the Sugar Loaf, the beautiful beaches Copacabana and Ipanema who´s visitors would make anyone feel out of shape, the colorful favelas which of one, Santa Marta, was the set for Michael Jacksons music video Beat It, to mention a few.
All of these things and so much more is what makes Rio a city worth visiting, but the highlight of my visit was on my third day when I went hang-gliding and from a birds´ perspective enjoyed the beauty of the city.
A fellow traveler told me that Rio de Janeiro is the most beautiful city in the world. I don’t know if I agree but it is definitely a city which beauty is outstanding and I highly recommend a visit.
Guest blog by Sandra. Visit her blog at SandraEmma.com
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