Rio de Janeiro, BrazilIconic & Alluring With World-Renowned Landmarks & Place Names
”There’s no doubt Rio is alluring, boasting as it does one of the most spectacular enviable natural settings of any world metropolis… Rio is cool. Rio is beautiful… but it’s not the utopia it seems from elevated vantage points.”
Image || Rio de Janeiro from atop Sugarloaf Mountain. December 12, 2015.
It has been a manic last few days here in Rio de Janeiro, an iconic worldwide destination that has been near the top of my bucket list for a long time. I’ve kept busy. I’ve scooted here and there, pointing my camera at this & that. Conclusion – beguiling Rio is best viewed from on high.
There’s no doubt Rio is alluring, boasting as it does one of the most spectacular enviable natural settings of any world metropolis, easily its biggest plus. On this it is in a league of its own running Sydney‘s Port Jackson into a distant second. World-renowned place names like Copacabana and Ipanema & a few iconic landmarks, both natural (Sugarloaf Mountain) & man-made (Christ the Redeemer, the Maracana), add to the aura. Beautiful weather & an equally beautiful people with a lust & verve for life, one that reaches its zenith during Carnival, combine for quite the package. Yes there’s no doubt, Rio is cool. Rio is beautiful.
Cool & beautiful Rio may be but it’s not the utopia it seems from elevated vantage points. Now is not the time or place to elaborate on the obvious Rio negatives – the dishevelled look to the place, the heat, the noise, the repugnant smell of feces & urine, the homelessness, the need to be alert, be on your guard at all times. Nope, now is not the time.
More from Copacabana Beach, Rio’s most famous stretch of sand.
Christ the Redeemer
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
Ipanema. Rio’s other beach.
A few randoms from Rio.
I’m readying to leave Rio. I’ll do so in the morning when I’ll retrace my steps of a few days ago as I head back to Sao Paulo, the biggest & probably the most daunting city on the whole South American continent. I only passed through a few days ago en route to Rio but I’ll spend the night there tomorrow ahead of my flight home the day after. Yep, the end of this epic year of travel is nigh. Which is fine. I’m about ready for home at this stage. More to come from Rio, eventually.