Brazil – Rio de Janeiro

This is the third and final post from my 2019 trip to Rio de Janeiro. Previously, I shared a couple posts focused on my visits to the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Selaron Steps.

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Selaron Steps

Beyond those two destinations, my time was – as always seems to be the case – limited. However, I was able to take in a bit more of Rio here and there.

Enjoying a rooftop sunset from the Grand Hyatt overlooking Barra Da Trijuca.

Barra Da Trijuca

The images below are of the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. This Catholic church was inspired by the architectural styling of Mayan temples and holds up to 20,000 people.

One area I would suggest prioritizing and staying in (though I didn’t for work reasons) is Copacabana. I wasn’t able to make it there during the day but have a couple licensed image to share:

Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Boardwalk

Copacabana beach has over 2 million visitors for New Year’s Eve and hosts, perhaps, an even bigger party – Carnival.

I made it to Copacabana for dinner one evening and dined at the famous Copacabana Palace. This is an historic hotel that has hosted some of the biggest names in Hollywood and world leaders alike during trips to Brazil.

Zacapa Rum XO is considered one of the best rums in the world and this seemed like the place and time to try it. I’m now a fan.

Even the subways are vibrant in Brazil.

The use of artistic tiles, better known as azulejos in Portuguese, have a strong presence throughout Rio. The Selaron Steps and Copacabana Beach boardwalk are additional examples. As you may know, while much of South America was settled by Spain, Brazil was colonized by Portugal and Portuguese (not Spanish) is the national language of Brazil.

South America is a continent I hope to see more of in the future and Rio de Janeiro was a great way to start.

Aganju – Bebel Gilberto

Rio de Janeiro – Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a massive statue of Jesus Christ standing with welcoming arms on the summit of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was completed in 1931 and stands at nearly 100 feet tall with an equally wide wingspan. The statue is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the seven man-made wonders of the world.

When Rio hit my travel radar, Christ the Redeemer was destination #1.

First good view on the approach after a lift up the mountain.
The elevation is apparent in this photo looking down on the city.

I had plenty of time to explore the area around Christ the Redeemer and check out the vistas. It was amazing though how quickly the weather turned for the worse. In the image below, you can see the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain which is on a peninsula at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. If you have time and weather allows, Sugarloaf is said to be another key point of interest in Rio with amazing views. Unfortunately, it was time to get off the mountain and the next stop wouldn’t be Sugarloaf.

Edited stock image – Botafogo Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil was once as a colony of Portugal but has since become an independent nation. Portugal has a similar statue called Christ the King overlooking Lisbon that was inspired by Christ the Redeemer. I would catch of glimpse of that statue when visiting Lisbon a few months later.

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The Selaron Steps
Brazil – Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro – The Selaron Steps

Escadaria de Selaron (Selaron steps) is a world-famous artistic site in Rio de Janeiro. The tiled steps are the work of Jorge Selaron who created this space as tribute to the Brazilian people.

He shared his story on the tiles below.

Over the years, Jorge Selaron’s art received international recognition and his street art has become a major tourist attraction in Rio. His work was even featured in Brazil’s Olympic promotional video.

The Instagram location…
…but the stairs keep going and going.

While Selaron purchased many completed artistic tiles or had tiles donated by others, he used many of them as a canvas for his own paintings.

Selaron was found dead on his stairs at the age of 65. At last, his work was complete. Escadaria Selaron lives on as major attraction in Rio de Janerio.

Jorge Selaron

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