There is no doubt why Brazilians refer to Rio as the marvelous city. It has color, festivals, beaches and culture in every aspect of living. All of this is inspired by the unforgettable beauty, the sharp panoramas and just surreal conditions that make the city picturesque.
Our first impression of the city came right away as we flew in from Sao Paolo. The mountains along the way are covered with a thick green vegetation and the hills are massive little rolling peaks and valleys which have rounded more than jaded tops. As we flew over the city’s golden sands and beachfront the giant Christ the Redeemer looked like a lawn ornament below, a sign of the breathtaking vantage points to come.
Once on the ground we headed to the sugarloaf mountain cable car. This was arguably the best view in the city because it encompasses the whole shoreline around the various mountains. It has a view of the harbor, beaches and top city landmarks. The journey takes place in two stages. You buy a ticket at the street level and ride the next available car up to the first mountain.
There you walk and shop and see some tourist attractions and board the next funicular to the top of sugarloaf. We went at sunset and the sights were unforgettable. If you’re luck snag some chairs at the cafe and eat some acai ice cream, its just heaven. The views are great at sunset because the shadows grace the hills and then the city turns into a light show of epic proportions.
The thing is from every perspective Rio is fascinating. On the ground too the beaches glimmer with golden sands and blue waters as far as the eye can see. It is worthwhile to get out on the crowded beaches and see people strutting their stuff.
The Christ the redeemer statue is accessible via a funicular as well. The entry ticket is best bough a day ahead of time to guarantee access. We purchased the ticket in one of the mall kiosks. This saved us a trip to the site itself until the day of. Even though we arrived late for our time they allowed us on the next funicular up. The statue offers commanding views of the city and a gorgeous little cafe at the top is one where we sat for hours just thrilled with the views and company.