My first stop in Rio was a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where the beautiful city and beaches lay below. Sugar Loaf is that mountain you see on almost every postcard. In the distance directly across from Sugar Loaf is the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor, a statue of Jesus Christ and a symbol of Brazilian Christianity. Considered to be the largest art deco statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer stands 130 ft tall and is found at the top of Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. The icon was built in 1923 and is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world
Rio is well known for its beaches and some of the popular ones are Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Leblon, and Ipanema. Young, old, rich, poor, locals, and tourist all share the beauty of the beaches of Guanabara Bay. There are many activities to occupy your time on a Rio beach: sunbathing, surfing, swimming, people watching and eating. Food stands are found throughout the beaches and I enjoyed tasting the fresh coconut juice available while I was there. The top of your coconut is chopped off and a straw inserted to sip out the lovely fresh milk. If you forget to bring a bathing suit to Rio (which who would do that?), don’t worry because there are men traveling around the beach selling them under umbrellas.