The perfect tour ever!

Earlier than January was out, I managed to see Rio for a second time. For at some point solely – a day and a half, to be precise – however such a full day. The journey to Rio felt just like the day journeys we went on at main college. I all the time appeared ahead to these; I’d take into consideration all of them week lengthy, and on the night time earlier than I’d load my uncle’s digital camera with movie, to be prepared – even when waterfalls was all I used to be going to see. 


Like these journeys again then, the journey to Rio crammed me with anticipation and saved me up the night time earlier than.


However the day of the journey lastly arrived. Assembly at Congonhas airport in São Paulo round 08:00 and departure for Rio de Janeiro at 09:30. The entire tour was performed in haste and with me operating round like loopy so as to see, to take pleasure in, to essentially style Brazil. At 16:00, the gray mini-van could be turning right into a pumpkin: The return was already scheduled.


#BackToHistory, no.1

So right here’s how the story goes: again in Could 1501, Captain Gaspar de Lemos set off from Portugal and headed in direction of Brazil. Eight months later, in January 1502, he reached the bay of Guanabara. Presumably due to the lengthy journey and the exhaustion, it’s mentioned that his eyes mistook the bay for a river, and so he named the new-found land Rio de Janeiro, which imply “River of January.”



Again to my day journey:


Evidently that and not using a information and a driver, I’d by no means have made the journey. given the time limitations. With a gray van (with pitch black home windows), two locals, one GPS grasp and one English grasp, we set off roaming the streets of Rio. Our English grasp, particularly, was indispensable! Just a few locals converse English – to not point out the security, which in Brazil is a critical challenge, so it’s vital that you simply get round with a neighborhood that is aware of the world.


The primary cease clearly was the mountain Corcovado and Cristo Redentor.

Earlier than that, nonetheless, Diego, our information, needed us to take a look at Jesus Christ from one other angle. And so we went up one other hill, simply throughout Corcovado. There lies a helipad from the place Rio’s Heli Excursions set off. It’s troublesome to get a very good day and a transparent horizon, however when you do, you’re in for a good time and a effective view. You’ll be able to see hills, mountains, the ocean, inexperienced, blue, tall buildings, scattered favelas and coloured rooftops. Throughout, you can too see the statue of Jesus, the dimensions of a dot, beckoning you to get nearer. So that you do get nearer, and also you do climb up, despite the fact that it appears inconceivable at first look. 


#BackToHistory, no.2


The historical past of Cristo Redentor is a protracted one. A while within the mid-1850s, Pedro Maria Boss, a catholic priest, requested Princess Isabel for funds so as to construct the statue, however the princess declined. Someday in 1920, the Catholic Circle  of Rio requested once more, and this time their request was granted, so the development started. Jesus Christ opened his arms on October 12, 1931.

Right this moment it’s thought of the biggest Artwork Deco statue on the planet. It’s 30 meters (98 ft) tall, not together with its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal, its arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) extensive, and it weighs 635 tons. It’s positioned on the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain within the Tijuca Forest Nationwide Park overlooking the town. Non secular image and emblem of the town.

Majestic, isn’t it?


It’s unthinkable, as you possibly can think about, not seeing it up shut. You’ll be able to go up straight to the highest by prepare (and the route is breathtaking), or you possibly can go by automotive up to some extent after which go up by accessible mini vans. It’s not straightforward to get on high; it takes time. You wait in line for a ticket after which in line to board the van after which in line to climb up, step-by-step, till you lastly attain Jesus.


And when you attain the highest, the possibilities you possibly can {photograph} your self along with the statue are miniscule. Thoughts you, I went up at midday on a weekday. I can’t even think about what you’ll face when you go to the town for the FIFA World Cup or the Olympic Video games. The solar is scorching, the warmth is insufferable, however, to be trustworthy, the view is unimaginable.



Your gaze goes backwards and forwards, from the statue to Sugarloaf mountain throughout (the place I didn’t have time to go). I don’t assume you possibly can stand being up there for too lengthy. I didn’t. Too many individuals, an excessive amount of sweat, an excessive amount of pushing. For so long as you possibly can handle, although, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic, magical view.

Abracadabra Sugarloaf!



Tip: If whenever you’ll be visiting Corcovado, purchase your ticket on-line, so as to keep away from the primary queue. Sadly, you’ll have to wait in line for the second.


Descent time. Afternoon, time to hit the seaside, go swimming, stroll within the metropolis, and have pizza at Copacabana. No, I didn’t have a swim, however I did stroll on the seaside. I attempted to, that’s, and solely parallel to the water sprinklers. There are many these as a result of you possibly can’t stroll the seaside barefoot. Miles of sand, numerous deck chairs, numerous bathing fits; the whole lot in numerous numbers. 




Be sure you go to Copacabana and be sure you take pleasure in it. And take my recommendation and have some pizza, throughout Copacabana Palace. Regardless that I’m not a pizza knowledgeable, such pizza I had by no means tried earlier than. Possibly it was the mountaineering that had made my hungry, however, actually, when you discover yourselves there, give it a strive. I’m begging you.

(To not point out that you simply’ll be consuming accompanied by music)


#BackToHistory, no.3

From 1920 to round 1950, Rio skilled its Golden Period. Casinos, seashores, leisure, meals, and a legendary resort internet hosting the wealthy and well-known from all  over the world. The Copacabana Palace stands there as imperious and glamorous as ever, reminding all of these glory days. In case you occur to go there, cross the road to get a few of that pizza I used to be telling you about, and purchase certainly one of these sarongs, depicting the black and white cobble stone pavement, operating parallel to the Copacabana seaside.


It was already 16:00.


A small stroll across the metropolis after which again to the airport. I didn’t get to see a lot, however I made positive I loved the locations I visited. With a bit extra haste I might have made it to 2 or three extra locations, however sadly the varsity bell signaled it was time to return to class.


18:00 and I used to be again to the “village”. Ola São Paulo once more!


Be aware to self: Throughout my subsequent day journey I shouldn’t overlook to see:

Escadaria Selarón – the fantastic, colourful stairs of Jorge Selarón

Pão de Açúcar, also referred to as Sugarloaf – the town from above inside a funicular.

Μãracana Stadium – a must-see as effectively

Ipanema Seashore – to get some sea water on my bathing go well with

Lapa – Rio’s bohemian neighborhood (however solely with a information, solely by day, and with none valuables) 

An tour paying homage to college day journeys; it had mountains, hills, seas and rivers, meals and walks.

How are you going to get again to class now?


Have you ever ever been to Rio de Janeiro?
How did you prefer it?


**Translation from Greek to English: Maria Coveou


Maria Kalymnou

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