Brazil’s “Marvelous City” offers an unrivaled urban adventure
Ever since the world heard the bossa nova beat of João Gilberto’s “Girl from Ipanema” in the early 1960s, Rio de Janeiro has held appeal. Like the song, the city exudes sensuality. With its incomparable beaches, night life and, of course, Carnival, Rio is exoticism incarnate. But it’s also so much more than that.
If you’re looking for breath-taking natural beauty, fascinating history, cosmopolitan cuisine and a truly unique urban experience, Rio hits the mark again and again.
I first started thinking about offering a kayak tour in Brazil back around 2010; I was looking for something that would offer a cultural experience both urban and natural in scope. At that point, Rio was an up-and-coming economic power, and the World Cup and Summer Olympics were on the horizon. The more I looked into the region, the more I came to discover the riches of Rio.
Rio’s topography defies logic
If an artist were to paint such a landscape, they’d be ridiculed for its impossibility. A vast stretch of immaculate sandy beach bookended by monolithic mountains and backstopped by an urban rainforest? Get real.
But it’s true. And it’s big!
Not only is the special combination of granite peaks, almost endless beach and the spectacular Tijuca Rainforest beautiful, it is immense. Photographs, while mostly able to do its beauty justice, do not truly capture the scale of it all. The area’s grandeur must be experienced in person. No wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As noted on the UNESCO website, the site is commended for its amazing natural elements that have “shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city.”
Life truly is a beach in Rio
The beach experience here is without match. Geographically and culturally, everything leads to the water’s edge, where the golden sand stretches for miles and miles.
Rio’s beach is divided by postos, or lifeguard posts. And each of these postos has its own unique feature or vibe. Copacabana beach spans Postos 2 through 6, and 6 is where the paddleboarders hang out. Posto 7 is for families and surfers. Postos 8 and 9 tend to be for the younger crowds, while the affluent make their way down to 11 and the celebrities go to 12. Gay-friendly, baby-friendly, family-friendly – there is a posto for everyone. And, of course, beach volleyball is everywhere.
Brazilian cuisine is diverse and divine
The food in Rio is amazingly cosmopolitan and reflects the area’s historical influences and natural ingredients.
Brazil’s multicultural history is replicated in its culinary melting pot. Amerindian influences, Portuguese immigrants and West African slaves, not to mention Asian and Italian inspirations, all played their part in creating a national flavor based on regional variances.
Root vegetables and fruits inspire and satiate. Needless to say, coffee is the national beverage, while cachaça is Brazil’s native liquor. Distilled from sugar cane, it’s the main ingredient in the national cocktail, caipirinha.
From fabulous restaurants to superb street vendors, the flavors of Rio will make a lasting impression.
Natural beauty, iconic locales and great food make Rio de Janeiro the perfect jumping off point for our kayaking trip along Brazil’s Green Coast. Find out for yourself why Rio is one of the world’s most amazing cities.
Please visit our website and online catalog for further details about our kayaking trip to Rio and Brazil’s Costa Verde. For more information about this destination or any of our trips, please get in touch through our website, call (800) 677-0877 or email us at email@example.com.
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