07.06.2013 - 09.06.2013
My flight left Buenos Aires at 9:30pm and arrived in Rio de Janeiro at 12:20am. That was an easy flight of 2 hours and 50 minutes, no turbulence or issues and was extremely cheap, only $356.62 as a total on Emirates 248. I love Rio the moment I stepped out of the airport, its array of different colours and extravagant species. One thing that was not very pleasant was the cost of the hotels, to get a luxurious hotel I had to pay the price of $1596.41 for two nights at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro with a deluxe ocean view and view of the Copacabana beach. This price believe it or not was one of the cheaper ones, the biggest issue was not being as close as I would have preferred to the locations I wanted to visit. Anyways, I went to sleep when I got to my hotel and woke up around 9am to get to Christ the Redeemer and Corcavado. The 125 foot monument is placed on Corcavado Mountain and represents Brazil’s independence. It overlooks the city with open arms and was easily accessible by public transit making it an amazing opportunity. Without seeing that monument I could not say I had gone to Brazil!
After viewing Christ the Redeemer, I made my way to Jardim Bôtanico by bus for $3 where I saw hundreds of different types of beautiful flowers in a 17th century old garden. Later I decided on relaxing so I headed toward Copacabana beach because the weather was extremely hot at 32 degrees and the beach was close by. The beach was beautiful, I had some fun in the sun and enjoyed the water for hours on end. I headed home in the evening drained from the sun. The next day I set off for the 1,299 foot Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) for some quality sightseeing and hiking. The atmosphere was astounding and the view was breathtaking from every point making it a well worth visit of $33.00. My next stop was Santa Teresa a neighbourhood type of area with diverse architecture and art. I loved the culture spread throughout this town, from colourful cobblestones to traditional stores and restaurants.