I was in Rio de Janeiro for just the weekend, so about three days in total. I arrived Friday afternoon and was scheduled to depart Sunday evening and therefore I wanted to relax and see as much of the city as I could in the little time I had.
I absolutely loved Rio de Janeiro – plus I had the perfect weather to explore the city and relax. I took over a hundred pictures and selected the best ones to share with all of you, so I hope you enjoy them.
After arriving at the hotel, I didn’t want to waste any time and decided to visit Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), which was only a short ride away. My hotel was right next to Santos Dumont Airport and therefore it was an ideal location. The ride to Sugarloaf Mountain took about fifteen minutes and cost me maybe ~$6 USD! The view from the mountain was absolutely incredible and while there was a storm coming, it was still super warm in Rio de Janeiro. The storm began about an hour after I arrived at which point it was super windy and I headed back to the hotel.
On Saturday I decided to spend the day relaxing on the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. After getting badly sunburnt, I decided to spend the afternoon by the pool at the hotel. So I spent the morning relaxing on the two beaches and having an awesome time, I really liked the atmosphere and the gorgeous view of Rio de Janeiro from the beaches. Just stunning.
Sunday morning consisted of visiting Christ the Redeemer, which was an incredible experience. The view wasn’t the best since it was a bit cloudy, but seeing the statue was something marvellous and something I won’t ever forget. Sunday afternoon was also spent relaxing by the pool and just enjoying the last hours of gorgeous Rio de Janeiro before I had to leave.
All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Rio de Janeiro and it was definitely a bit too short, but hey, at least I was able to visit the main attractions and relax a bit – I’d say it was a weekend well spent. I plan to return to Brazil and South America soon and spend a bit more time than I did since there is still so much to see and explore!