I was in Rio de Janeiro last week on assignment for Airchive.com (stories will be published there soon) but I had a bit of spare time during my visit to explore the city. Unlike my previous trip there this one actually included an overnight (though only one) so I had more time to see things, though still mostly just the main tourist stuff. It also is winter in Rio which means that the weather was not particularly beach-friendly. High winds and cool temperatures kept most people off the sand and seas though there was a small, dedicated group out riding the waves on Copacabana Beach on Thursday morning.
Sugar Loaf is a lot of fun to visit, mostly for the gondola ride to the top. And the views of Santos Dumont airport in downtown Rio are pretty great, especially as planes head right for the peak on departure.
We also made it to the top of Christ the Redeemer, though as we got there the clouds rolled in heavy. That was cool in many ways, but it did mean not so much with great views.
I’m headed back to Rio next weekend and this time will be staying two nights. Anyone have suggestions, either for sights or meals which are less commonly seen??
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