4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Regal Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain
Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain

“If you have a problem that annoys you, then you have two problems. Knock one of them out.”

This local man’s statement lived with me during the week I spent in Brazil’s second-largest city (and not the country’s capital), Rio de Janeiro. Abundant samba music, the non-stop thumbs up gesture (people from Rio, known as Cariocas, must do it over 20 times a day) and sunny days combined for an elongated euphoria.

Among the city’s many attractions, visiting Christ the Redeemer (the quintessential Brazilian photo opportunity) on Corcovado Mountain is a must. After catching a view of the city and Sydney-like bay from this 2,000-foot-plus peak, stroll along famed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches for a bonanza of people-watching.

photo

Copacabana Beach, Brazil

If the beach isn’t your thing, meandering through the small bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa will satiate most anyone’s visual – and culinary – senses. Hang out at a bar (shown in the video below) and listen to effusively positive sounds while sipping on a Caipirinha, the revered Brazilian cocktail.

Looking for a nighttime experience? Don’t miss the neighborhood of Lapa. If the samba music spilling out of its bars were jazz, you’d be in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Too touristy, you say? OK, head on over to Trapiche Gamboa, trapichegamboa.com.br, for a refuge of the self-proclaimed “most authentic” Brazilian music. The restaurant/bar has ceilings climbing 40 feet high, but the atmosphere’s intimate with dancing and laughing the night away.

While Rio does have its share of extremely poor neighborhoods known as favelas, matadorchange.com, the Cariocans shine with their infectious smiles and carefree attitudes. Don’t be surprised to see yourself flashing the national thumbs-up sign and a big smile after a few days. The city’s beauty and vibe are nothing short of impressive.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

San Diego's secret and not-so-secret Trump supporters

‘Marilou, don’t say anything. You’re going to get hurt.'
Next Article

Charger Corey Liuget gives $1000 to Barbara Bry

SeaBreeze Vacation Rentals helps Todd Gloria
Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain
Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain

“If you have a problem that annoys you, then you have two problems. Knock one of them out.”

This local man’s statement lived with me during the week I spent in Brazil’s second-largest city (and not the country’s capital), Rio de Janeiro. Abundant samba music, the non-stop thumbs up gesture (people from Rio, known as Cariocas, must do it over 20 times a day) and sunny days combined for an elongated euphoria.

Among the city’s many attractions, visiting Christ the Redeemer (the quintessential Brazilian photo opportunity) on Corcovado Mountain is a must. After catching a view of the city and Sydney-like bay from this 2,000-foot-plus peak, stroll along famed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches for a bonanza of people-watching.

photo

Copacabana Beach, Brazil

If the beach isn’t your thing, meandering through the small bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa will satiate most anyone’s visual – and culinary – senses. Hang out at a bar (shown in the video below) and listen to effusively positive sounds while sipping on a Caipirinha, the revered Brazilian cocktail.

Looking for a nighttime experience? Don’t miss the neighborhood of Lapa. If the samba music spilling out of its bars were jazz, you’d be in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Too touristy, you say? OK, head on over to Trapiche Gamboa, trapichegamboa.com.br, for a refuge of the self-proclaimed “most authentic” Brazilian music. The restaurant/bar has ceilings climbing 40 feet high, but the atmosphere’s intimate with dancing and laughing the night away.

While Rio does have its share of extremely poor neighborhoods known as favelas, matadorchange.com, the Cariocans shine with their infectious smiles and carefree attitudes. Don’t be surprised to see yourself flashing the national thumbs-up sign and a big smile after a few days. The city’s beauty and vibe are nothing short of impressive.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: play ‘em again, Sacha

Watch out, White House.
Next Article

Oceanside's Michelle Gomez sues ex-workers for libel and gets some to back off

But not Robert Leahy
Comments
1

i like your opening quote.

random factoid: brazil is my third most desired travel destination.

Feb. 24, 2010

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close