48 hours in Rio de Janeiro…

I only spent 48 hours in Rio de Janerio in Brazil, but LOVED every minute of my trip in this vibrant city, so I thought I would post a few of my favourite photos and must dos from my short but sweet trip.
  • Christ the Redeemer is a must visit if you find yourself in Rio. Corcovado, the mountain which the statue sits on is 710 metres in height with Christ the Redeemer standing proudly on top.  A trip to the peak is absolutely breathtaking.  With incredible views of Rio, its famous beaches and Cristo Redentor looking down on you it is certainly an experience I won’t forget.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain is incredible, accessed via a 1400 metre cable car journey with incredible panoramic views of the city and Corcovado it is another fantastic experience.  There are two cable cars to reach the summit which makes for lots of photo opportunities along the way.
  • Sunbathe on the famous Copacabana beach, this gorgeous stretch of sand is a great place for a refreshing dip and to people watch too
  •  Eat at a Churrascuria restaurant while in Rio, waiters come to your table with different cuts of meat on huge skewers and serve it straight to your plate.  They come around with all sorts from beef, pork, chicken and fish.  There are often cards on the table with a red and green side, if you place your card on green the waiters will keep coming with more; if it’s turned to red they know you are done!  The one I visited also had a great salad bar that you just help yourself to.
  • Although there is (obviously!!) a lot more to Brazil than flip-flops I am a huge fan of Havaianas and love the ones I bought while in Rio.  They are a lot cheaper than in the UK and America too.
  • Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil; I would describe this refreshing beverage as being similar to a Mojito.  I loved ordering a Caipirinha as the sunset at one of the many simple kiosks lining Rio’s beach promenades, taking in the evening atmosphere and watching the locals stroll by.  I bought a bottle of Cachaça, used to make this tasty beverage back with me to relive my time in Rio!  To make a Caipirinha you will need: 1 shot of Cachaça (A Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane), 1 small lime, 2 teaspoons of white sugar and ice. Wash the lime, cut into slices and place it into a short glass.  Add the sugar, then gently crush and mix together.  Finally add some ice, the Cachaça and mix thoroughly.  Cheers!