Back in April 2009, I spent 10 days in Rio de Janeiro with some friends. It was our first visit to Brazil and Rio definitely lived up to it’s title as “The Marvelous City.” We did most of the typical tourist activities you would expect. We took the tram up Sugar Loaf Mountain. We went to the world famous Maracana stadium for a local derby match between Flamengo and Fluminense. We saw Christ the Redeemer up close and personal. We even visited a favela, once for a party and again on an organized walking tour. Another memorable experience was hangliding for the first time ever. The five of us also hung out on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and absorbed the abundant nightlife in places like Lapa. It was an action-packed trip that left me truly exhausted, but more importantly immensely thrilled.
Here is a little sample of what it was like –