11.07.2013 - 13.07.2013 29 °C
We have arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It is super warm here too! The region of South America has to have the best weather. Constantly warm and sunny with nothing to ruin your day! I can not believe we are in our last country of this region. However, we have arrived! Our flight was a pretty decent price! We got from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro for only $249. This was a non stop flight too, so not to shabby. It took three hours and one minute... exactly. 2,680.5 km was our exact distance. Anyways, we decided to stay in a hotel called Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte. It was a three star hotel for 444.37 for three nights. That came down to 142.24 roughly a night. Not too bad. We are planning to stay here for three days. This city is our "easy" and "natural" city. Were taking a break from the sight seeing and planning to just kick it on the beach and go on some nature walks. We figured that our last country may as well be a relaxing one. So for the next three days i will be explaining the lovely water, beaches, plants, and animals i will be seeing. It is still something we could never experience back in Mississauga, so it is worthwhile. We may go see some famous statues and landmarks, but that will be discussed in the next posts! See ya!
To begin we decided to go to the very famous Ipanema Beach. Of course this is a very tourist populated beach but that did not matter. It was lovely. The water was amazing warm and the people there greeted you with friendly smiles. The beach itself was very nice as well. The 3 1/2 km beach consists of gorgeous mountain views, lovely people, and fantastic water. we enjoyed some sunbathing as well as a wildly entertaining games of futvolei (the Brazilian volleyball without hands). We actually got to play as well, it took a bit to get use to, but once we did we won three sets in a row, pretty good in my opinion. The beach had excellent food and friendly vibes all over. The vendors were also jam packed with tons of souvenirs and beach needed materials. We spent half the day at this beach. The second half was spent at another beach, Grumari Beach. It is where more of the locals go, not many tourists are found there. It was nice to be with people exploring like us but it was also nice to be alone and with people who are use to this daily grime. It took us an hour to get there from the previous beach but it was worth it. The natural landscape was lovely, the warm red and white sand under our feet was even better. It was great to just spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature and each others company.
Today was dedicated to going to see one of the most iconic things people think of when Rio is mentioned. It is apart of the Seven Wonders of The World. This iconic landmark is Christ the Reedemer. In order for us to actually get to the top we decided to go to Tijuca National Park. We wanted to hike and make the effort to go their ourselves. Tijuca National Park is the largest urban rain forest on the planet. It covers 8,300 acres. A nature lovers dream! Our hike was part of a guided tour in order for us to get the entire experience. Once we got to the top it was breath taking, you could see everything. And to top it off we were staring right at the statute of Christ the Redeemer. It was amazing. Something we could never forget that is for sure. Once we trekked back down, we decided to go to a restaurant and enjoy a nice dinner. Our time in Brazil was over, but it would not be forgotten. We would be traveling tomorrow to the region of Western Europe. Sad to know that we were already finishing here in South America. But who knows, the adventures could be much greater on the other side of the world. Another update will be posted when we land in France!