Rio de Janeiro is a Wonderful Town, full of a thousand delights !
Rio de Janeiro, the marvelous city was for a long time the capital of the Republican government, and today is still the capital of the Brazilian culture. The city received with open arms all sailors who docked here and feel proud of that intermarriage. Here, we have people of all kinds and we like that. For most of the world Rio is famous for its charming beaches and for being the only city in the world that has a forest coexisting in perfect harmony with the frantic pace of urban life.
Our city is divided into zones. It is inside them that you will discover the soul of Rio. In the South Zone we have, besides the beaches, the Christ Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf, which are very famous, but also the fort of Copacabana, the stone harpoon (perfect backdrop for enjoying the sunset), the gazebo Leblon, the Botanical Garden, the Waterfall Garden, the Lagoon, the favelas of Rocinha and Vidigal who always have a party going on. Remember that when climbing the Vidigal you can ask for the trail of the Two Brothers Hill, the view from up there is breathtaking.
When we want to enjoy a quieter day, we go to the beach and drink coconut water. We walk the boardwalk, or maybe find someone to play a beach volley or football, in the end of the day we like to have a frozen açaí. But we don´t live only of beaches, and in the northern part of Rio you will find a great part of the Rio life style. But before getting to the heart of the North Zone, we will pass through downtown, that’s where it all started.
The streets of downtown guard precious stories and historical monuments. The center of Rio is rich of culture and leisure for all who wish to enjoy the history of our city. In the Cinelândia square you will find the main historical buildings, and you can watch a movie at the Odeon Cinema, founded in 1926. The Odeon cinema has as different programming from other theaters, such as the Film Festival of Rio and the Cinema Session Cachaça. If I were you I would not miss this! Although in the center you can visit the Museum of History and Art, but if what you want is to go for a walk, make sure that you go to SAARA, there everything is cheaper and you can have a few words in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Korean , Chinese and Creole among other African languages. And when the evening start, gather with some friends and go to the Pedra do Sal, in the Maua Square, famous stronghold of samba, with cold beer and good caipirinha, there the “Partido alto” does not leave the samba stop. And if you want to party more walk to Lapa, but before reaching the arches, past the ball of the Tangara, there you will dance to the sound of black music with a lot of soul, soul, funk, jazz, samba and hip hop. While being in Lapa, visit all the bars and clubs. They each have their own style so you won´t be able to say which one is the best. In Lavradio Street, also in Lapa, once a month, they have an exhibition of antique, craft items…
But, if you want to discover the bohemian Rio, you need to go the North Zone because it is there that they do not let the good old samba die. The North Zone is very large and each corner is worth a visit, but if you have to choose, you should make sure to visit those neighborhoods: Tijuca, Vila Isabel and Maracanã. In these neighborhoods are some of the best samba schools. Now if you want to experience a bit of the national passion for football, watch a game on the square Vanhargen (square Buxixo) in Tijuca.
Starting from the Tijuca go in the direction of Usina until arriving at the Alto da Boa Vista. It is the main entrance of the Tijuca Forest. An indescribable gift of nature to all who love and care for this city. At the information desk there, they have maps of several trails through the forest and of the main spots of visitation.
After so many places, the city of Rio still has a lot more to show. Down the Alto da Boa Vista, you will come to the West Zone, in the descent you will enjoy a vision of the waves of the beaches that await you, Pepe, Barra da Tijuca, Playground, Macumba, Prainha and Grumari, Apricot.
The nights in Rio are always busy, there is always a free concert on Copacabana beach, or in the Lapa arches. Clubs are affordable and you will always find a carioca wanting to make new friends and exchange ideas.
Bárbara Sharon , 2013 – Rio de Janeiro. Translate by Charlotte Cohen.
- Jeitinho: maneira, modo, característica
- Bater perna: caminhar, passear,
- Pechinchar: negociar
- Trocar umas palavras: pequena conversação
- Partido alto: típica batida de roda de samba.