With the year coming to a close, you might be thinking New Year, new you. Or perhaps, more likely, new year, new adventures to embark on! Whether you’re wanting to check off your ever-increasing bucket list, visit friends and family, or are just plain nosy and want to know where we would go on the ultimate ‘Big Trip’.
1. At the Copa, Copacabana… beach!
First things first, get rid of that mental image of Barry Manilow. Right, now that’s over with, grab your speedos and get ready to samba your way down one of the most famous beaches in the world. This horse-shoe shaped, beachy delight hosts some of Rio’s best bars and most delicious restaurants. It’s the perfect place to spend the day soaking up the sun and checking out Brazilian beauties or if you fancy a wild night out, you’re in the right place! Definitely head to New Mariuzinn and get down to some Rio funk, Hip Hop and R&B. At the Copacabana music and passion are always the fashion… sorry couldn’t resist!
2. Cristo Redentor
You can’t not visit one of the NEW seven wonders of the world, it’s like going to Paris for the first time and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. It may be touristy, but heck! You gotta do it. Completed in 1931 Christ the Redeemer stands 700 metres above sea level at 30 metres high and weighs over 635 metric tons. You can’t miss it! But how to get there? Here are a number of ways; on the cog train through the world’s largest urban forest, on a tour of the Corcovado mountain, in a passenger van and for all you fitness freaks… there are loads of hiking trails taking you through the Tijuca National Park, up to the top!
3. See the other side to Rio
Get a glimpse into life in the favelas on the outskirts of the city. There are over 500 different favelas and around a third of the city’s population live in these towns. It’s important to understand that there are many sides to the city of Rio. Join a favela tour and visit the now pacified Rocinha. The tours are strictly for educational purposes only, allowing you to interact with locals, understand what living conditions are like and see what day-to-day life is like in a favela. It’s a truly eye-opening experience.