Brazil – If I have time

Brazil

Brazil is definitely too big for the majority of single trips. I spent lovely time there (twice), but didn’t have enough time to explore as much as I’d like to.
I hope to have a chance to go to Brazil once more, then a few national parks are going to be on my list (e.g., Lençóis Maranhenses, Aparados da Serra, Serra da Bodoquena, Pantanal Matogrossense, Chapada dos Veadeiro, and Fernando de Noronha).

Brazil – Favela

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Favela is kind of Brazilian slum; suburb of the big city, where poor citizens live.
The term may be not completely right, because there are poorer and reacher favelas; relatively safe of extremely dangerous, etc.
Anyway, a good advice – don’t go to favelas on your own, and probably taking a tour to favela is also controversial, at the end, favela is not a zoo!

Brazil – Is it safe?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Almost everywhere, you cannot feel 100% safe, because people are only people and something may always happen. Still, some places are considered to be more dangerous than the others.
While visiting big cities in Brazil you should stay very careful, e.g., even Brazilians warn foreigners about Rio de Janeiro. I don’t have any bad experience, but I know people who weren’t so lucky.

Brazil – Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Another very well known beach in Rio de Janeiro (and in Brazil) is Ipanema Beach, located in the Ipanema district.

Which one, Copacabana or Ipanema, is better?
-Well, hard to say; I didn’t spend much time on any of them, however, Copacabana looked like “always crowded”, so Ipanema would be my choice.

Brazil – Sugarloaf

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugarloaf is a mountain in Rio de Janeiro, of about half of the height (396 meters) of Corcovado Mountain.
I think, Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains are must-visit places in Rio; both provide scenic views.

One can take a cable car to reach the summit of Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf is also popular among the rock climbers.

Brazil – Christ the Redeemer (statue)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro (Christ the Redeemer statue) is one of the big (literally big) attractions of Rio. Moreover, the statue is kind of symbol of Rio de Janeiro and even of Brazil!

The statue is 30 metres tall (plus 8 meter pedestal).
It’s located on the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.

Is it worth to go there?
-Absolutely! The trip to the top is very nice and the view is beautiful.

Brazil – Everything in one place

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you don’t have so much time in Brazil, go to Rio de Janeiro. You’ll find there (and its vicinity) a bit of almost everything what typical for Brazil, i.e., World Heritage Sites, nature, beaches, jungle, birds, forest, waterfalls, samba, carnival, football and fresh food (with Açaí dessert). 🙂