The flight to Brazil is almost as long as flying to Europe. We took an overnight flight on Varig Airlines from Miami. The next morning we were in Rio.
Our hotel was a beautiful high rise on one of the most famous beaches in the world... Ipanema.
Notice the mosaic sidewalks for which Rio is famous.
The mountains in the background are called "Dois Irmaos" (Two Brothers)
Fortunately, I did not go swimming at the beach. Not only can the surf be dangerous, but I have read that due to the city's poor waste treatment system, the bacterial level of the water is often dangerously high.
One of the most popular activities in the city is to take the train which climbs the 2300 foot high granite peak of Corcovado. We didn't have to wait long for the train, but I have read that nowadays tourists sometimes have to wait in line for hours.
Atop Corcovado is Rio's most famous landmark... the statue of Christ the Redeemer. This art deco statue is 98 feet high and its arms stretch 92 feet wide. It was constructed between 1922 and 1931. In 2007 it was declared one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World".
The view from Corcovado on a clear day is amazing.
Rivaling Ipanema in fame is Copacabana Beach. In the background you can see Rio's other famous mountain, Sugarloaf (Pao de Azucar).
Like Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain is a monolith of granite. It rises from the edge of Rio's harbor. A cable car takes visitors to the top of this mountain also for more spectacular views.
(Yours truly, waiting for the cable car)
Far below, Copacabana Beach
Corcovado with its statue of Christ as seen from Sugarloaf