A Brazilian Getaway to Remember
Thanks to Rachel for her lovely feedback on her trip to Rio - check out her top 5 tips below:
5. Hire a bike and ride around the Lagoon (Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas). It's very picturesque with a bunch of great restaurants and bars to stop and enjoy an ice-cream at. The bikes are super cheap and there's a huge range to choose from.
4. Explore the Botanic Gardens (Jardim Botânico) - don’t miss the giant Lily pads, cascading waterfall and cute little café.
3. Jump on the train or taxi and head through the Tijuca forest to the highest peak, Corcovado, to experience the amazing Christ the Redeemer statue (Cristo Redentor). Whether you are religious or not, there's no denying the Statue is impressive and the views are absolutely breathtaking.
2. Take the twin gondolas to Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) and enjoy the panoramic views of Rio and local wildlife. There's a short walk leaving from the North of the Vermelha Beach (Praia Vermelha), which is off the beaten track but not to be missed. Check out wild Pygmy Marmoset (Miko) monkey families close up in the trees and watch climbers risk life and limb on the steep rocky slopes.
1. Spend a day soaking up the sun on the white sands of Copacabana Beach. For small change, you can hire a sun umbrella and beach chair, then relax to your heart’s content, watching the huge waves crashing onto the shore. You don’t even have to move to eat, as there is a constant flow of locals selling everything from nuts, chips and prawns to soft drinks, ice-creams and of course, Caipirinhas – a world famous cocktail made from local spirit, cachaça, loads of limes, sugar and ice. You can purchase t-shirts, sarongs, bikinis, sunglasses and other souvenirs - all from the comfort of your beach chair.
(Posted on behalf of Rachel by Mandy her travel consultant)