Rio de Janeiro

05/28/2010 00:00:00

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is nothing if notexhilarating.Flankedby gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches andverdantrainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the mostspectacularsettings of any metropolis in the world.

With theseductivesounds of samba as their rallying cry, Rio's residents, known as cariocas, have perfected the art of living well.

This idea of paradise hasenchantedvisitors for centuries, and there are dozens of ways to be seduced. You can surf great breaks off Prainha, hike through Tijuca's rainforests, sail across Guanabára, dance the night away in Lapa or just people-watch on Ipanema Beach.

Copacabana Beach

Amagnificentconfluenceof land and sea, the long, scalloped beach of Copacabana and Leme runs for 4km, with aflurryof activity always stretching along its length: over-ampedsoccer players singing their team'santhem, Cariocas and tourists lining up forcaipirinhasatkiosks,favelakids showing off their soccer skills, beachvendorsshouting out theirwaresamong the beached and tanned bodies.

Ipanema Beach

Although the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon are one long beach, the postos(posts) along them subdivide the beach into areas asdiverseas the city itself. Posto 9, right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is Garota de Ipanema, which is where Rio's mostlitheand tanned bodies tend to migrate. The area is also known as the Cemetério dos Elefantes because of the handful of old leftists, hippies and artists who sometimeshang outthere.

Cristo Redentor

One of Rio's most identifiablelandmarks, the magnificent 38m-high Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)loomslargeatopCorcovado. From here, the statue - all 1145 tons of him - hasstunningviews over Rio (which explains the contented expression on his face). Corcovado, which means 'hunchback,' rises straight up from the city to a height of 710m, and at night, the brightly lit statue isvisiblefrom nearly every part of the city.

 " http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brazil/rio-de-janeiro

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