The joys of Rio


With summer upon, the time for travel is at an all-time high. From exotic getaways to foreign lands to tropical vacations filled with umbrella drinks, families and couples alike are clocking in those flight miles. And what’s a hot destination that should be on the top of everyone’s ‘To-Go” list for the summer? Rio de Janeiro of course! Now, one cannot begin a description of beautiful Rio de Janeiro with immediately talking about the gorgeous Sugarloaf Mountain!


Getting to Sugarloaf Mountain

Ok before we get into how visitors are suppose to get to this awesome landmark, let’s talk what it is for those who may not be familiar with the famous peak. Sugarloaf Mountain sits at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro and sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean at over 1,000 feet in height. The name of the mountain came from its resemblance to the conical molds that sugar was placed in for shipping back in the 16th century.  Now, so back to getting to the site: in order to reach the summit, visitors must take two cable cars. The cable cars are Italian made and offer passengers a complete 360-degree view of the surrounding, bustling city. The entire ride only takes 3 minutes from start to finish and those who are looking to take the trip have options to depart from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Although the trip is short, it is certainly a must see for all those who are visiting Rio de Janeiro!


Yet Another Must-See for Rio de Janeiro

Once you and yours have visited the astounding Sugarloaf Mountain the next thing on you ‘To-Do’ should definitely be visiting Christ the Redeemer! The famous Christ the Redeemer is located at the summit of the Corcovado Mountain and is visited by literally thousands of both tourists and locals everyday. It has recently been listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the numerous visitors that are there on a typical day will attest to this. There are a few things, however, that first-time visitors should be aware when visiting Christ the Redeemer, the main thing being to expect long wait times to pay the admission fee due to the crowd. The best thing to suggest is to get there as early as possible, although there might still be a significant number of people.


There is also a chance of visibility being reduced due to cloud cover, however simply viewing the weather for the day of your visit should take care of that potential problem.


No matter, what you see during your visit, a trip to Rio de Janeiro is an absolute must for travelers. These are just two of the sites to visit while there, not to mention the decadent cuisine and bustling nightlife Rio offers as well.


Happy travels!

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