There is no other city, which I have been too, that is quite like Rio de Janeiro. It’s stunning location and electric atmosphere, gives it an edge which is very hard to compete with.
The views offered from Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, were arguably just as spectacular second time around. Sweeping landscapes which take your breath away and can captivate you for hours at a time. Even in the intense humidity and with hordes of tourists for company, there is very little that can hinder the experience of seeing what Rio has to offer from these viewpoints.
Back on ground level, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, are excellent spots for soaking up some summer sun and people watching. Where all of Rio’s diverse inhabitants congregate as one, in two of the worlds most recognised and beautiful beaches. This time I also managed to see the beautiful botanical gardens and go on a tour of the Maracana, fulfilling many a football fans dream.
However, Rio is a city of stark contrasts and there are always constant reminders that behind its glamorous appearance, lies a city with a lot of issues that still need resolving. One thing is for certain, is that Rio should be high on the agenda on anybody’s bucket list, as there are very few cities in the world that can match its raw beauty.
I have now spent a total of two weeks in Rio, on two separate occasions, and I can’t completely rule out a return visit in the future. With so much on offer, I still find that there are areas of Rio that I would like to explore and certain sites that I still need to see. For now though I am more than content with my experiences of the ‘marvellous city’ and feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to go twice.