Rio de Janeiro Journals

Brazil Trip - Rio de Janeiro

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A March 2000 trip to Rio de Janeiro by MikeInTown

Carnival Competition Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: We went to Brazil with listeners and personalities from Philadelphia, New York, and D.C. radio stations. In all, there were around 180 of us. The trip itinerary consisted of 3 days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and 4 days in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Brazil Trip - Rio de Janeiro

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Copacabana Beach Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Corcovado Mountain: Corcovado Mountain is the home of Christ The Redeemer, the famous statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro with His arms stretched out. The statue is about 100 feet tall and is perched on the mountain 2300 feet above the city. We were at the top of the mountain in the evening just as the city lights below were beginning to illuminate. The view was breathtaking. Even though the statue was covered with scaffolding for restoration, it was still a thrill to be standing in front of this famous landmark.Carnival Competition: We went to the world-famous Sambódromo to witness the competition between the best samba schools of Carnival. The performances we...Read More

Leme Othon Palace

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Hotel | "Leme Othon Palace-Copacabana"

Leme Othon Palace Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Leme Othon Palace is a basic, no-frills hotel. It kind of reminded me of a room you would get at an old beach motel that has seen better days. The room smelled like the ocean with a touch of mildew. When I asked the front desk for another room, they offered to upgrade my wife and me to a junior suite. Although the suite was more spacious, it had a musty smell; therefore, we decided to keep our original room. The Leme Othon Palace does have some positives - the most important of these being its location. It is located at the end of the main strip (Avenida Atlantica) and is across the street from Copacabana Beach. This end of the strip is relatively quiet, yet in short walking distance of...Read More

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Leme Othon Palace
AVENIDA ATLANTICA 656 LEME
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 3873 5900

Carrettao

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Restaurant

Carrettao Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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After our visit to Corcovada Mountain, it was dinner time. The bus drivers took our tour group (all 180 of us) to a churrascaria restaurant. A churrascaria is a Brazilian barbeque. There are several of these types of restaurants around town. The one we ate at was Carretão in the Ipanema section of the city. We saw a big buffet table full of salads when we entered the restaurant. I was a little dismayed at first because I don't like salads. I thought I was going to have to find something to eat later, when we got back to the hotel. However, after everyone got their salads and took their seats, the real feast began. The waiters came out carrying cooked meats on long metal rods. There were rod...Read More

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Carrettao
Rua Visconde de Piraja
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Sol E Mar

Restaurant

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For dinner on Saturday evening, our group was taken to Rio Sol E Mar, a seafood restaurant that overlooks a marina. The staff was very good at accommodating a group of our size. The tables were arranged to seat as many as 20 of us to a table. Despite the large amount of people in our group, we were served promptly. The meal consisted of big portions of fried fish, a giant prawn with the head still on it, squid, a small octopus tentacle, scallops, rice, and vegetables. This was the first time I had ever tasted squid or octopus. I liked the squid the most. The octopus tasted too fishy for me. Rio Sol E Mar turned out to be a nice dining experience. I enjoyed the musicians who played jazz and...Read More

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Rio Sol E Mar
Avenida Reporter Nestor Moreira
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 21 2295 1896

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)

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Attraction | "Christ the Redeemer"

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Christ The Redeemer Statue is a 100-foot statue of Christ with His arms stretched out overlooking the city. This statue is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Our group visited this famous landmark on a Friday evening and seemed to have the whole mountain to ourselves. We were given tickets for the train ride up the steep mountain. The ride up the 2,300-foot mountain took about 20 minutes. Along the way, we passed through a rain forest. Then, occasionally, we would see houses or maybe someone just hanging out along the tracks. When we arrived at the drop-off point, there were a quite a few steps to walk up in order to get to the statue area. Unfortunately, there was some r...Read More

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Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)
Corcovado Mountain
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carnival in Rio

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Attraction | "Carnival Competition"

Carnival in Rio Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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We were in Rio de Janeiro during the week of Carnival. Our trip package included admission to the Best Of Carnival competition that took place at the Sambódromo the entire weekend after Ash Wednesday. This is a nationally televised competition between the samba schools of the Carnival celebration. A samba school is a group of people who perform as a team in Carnival. These schools consist of people of all genders, races, and social classes and can sometimes contain up to 4,000 members. There are dancers, drummers, floats, and singers. The purpose of the Saturday night competition that we attended was to determine which samba schools would advance to the Sunday night special group competitio...Read More

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Carnival in Rio

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Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Mountain Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Our group took a cable-car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), a distinctive presence in the Rio de Janeiro landscape. The cable car makes two stops, one on the lower mountain and one on the top mountain (Sugar Loaf). We got off at both stops. During the ride, we could see rock climbers scaling Sugar Loaf. By the time we got up to the top, a thick fog had begun to roll in. Well, that pretty much ruined our chances of getting nice pictures of the scenery below. Oh well, we still decided to try to make the most of our time on Sugar Loaf. There are several paved pathways at the top of both mountains. Surprisingly, it looks somewhat tropical at the top of these mounta...Read More

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2461-2700