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 – 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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