GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the 38m-high Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest.

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Rio needs no introduction, in a way or another we have all seen pictures or movies of the Copacabana beach and the Christ statue. The beaches I visited (Copacabana, Ipanema and the lovely Praia Vermelha) were all very clean and well maintained. The Sugarloaf mountain (Pao de Açucar) is also an excellent destination, offering great panoramic views and interaction with cute little monkeys.

This said, as with most Brazilian cities, security is a major concern; in the subway (which is the fastest and most efficient way to move around), I have seen gangs of teenagers that I would lock up immediately in a colonial fort and throw away the keys.

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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CATEDRAL PRESBITERIANA DO RIO

The Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is a historic congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. It was the first Presbyterian church in the country.

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COPACABANA BEACH

Copacabana is a bairro located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known for its 4 km balneario beach, which is one of the most famous in the world.

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CORCOVADO

Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-metre granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park.

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IPANEMA BEACH

Ipanema is an affluent neighbourhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, between Leblon and Arpoador. The beach at Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life.

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LAPA

Lapa is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife.

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CITY CENTER

The city center of Rio de Janeiro is predominantly commercial with a mixture of historical buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. Sites of interest include the Paço Imperial, Candelária Church, the Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, and the modern-style Saint Sebastian's Cathedral. Around Marechal Floriano Square, there are several landmarks from the Belle Époque such as the Municipal Theatre and the National Library building.There are several museums and an 18th century public garden (Passeio Público).

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SANTA TERESA

Santa Teresa is the name of a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, by the centre of Rio, and is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot for artists and tourists.

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TRILHA DO PAO DE AÇÚCAR

Sugar Loaf is a complex of hills located in the neighborhood of Urca, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

CATEDRAL PRESBITERIANA DO RIO

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Catedral Presbiteriana do Rio - 2169 cover

The Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is a historic congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. It was the first Presbyterian church in the country.

COPACABANA BEACH

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana beach - 4832 cover

Copacabana is a bairro located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known for its 4 km balneario beach, which is one of the most famous in the world.

CORCOVADO

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Level 2 - Christ statue - 7529 cover

Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-metre granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park.

IPANEMA BEACH

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Ipanema beach - 5571 cover

Ipanema is an affluent neighbourhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, between Leblon and Arpoador. The beach at Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life.

LAPA

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Lapa - 2883 cover

Lapa is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife.

CITY CENTER

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Other pictures City center - 3648 cover

The city center of Rio de Janeiro is predominantly commercial with a mixture of historical buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. Sites of interest include the Paço Imperial, Candelária Church, the Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, and the modern-style Saint Sebastian's Cathedral. Around Marechal Floriano Square, there are several landmarks from the Belle Époque such as the Municipal Theatre and the National Library building.There are several museums and an 18th century public garden (Passeio Público).

SANTA TERESA

Fabio's LifeTour - Brazil (2015 April-June and October) - Rio De Janeiro - Santa Teresa - 2057 cover

Santa Teresa is the name of a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, by the centre of Rio, and is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot for artists and tourists.

TRILHA DO PAO DE AÇÚCAR

Rio De Janeiro - Trilha Do P¦o De Açúcar - 3- Feeding the monkey-raccoons - 819 cover

Sugar Loaf is a complex of hills located in the neighborhood of Urca, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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