After 12 hours spent on board of the plane we couldn’t wait to get out of the plane. Rio in the morning embraced us with lovely temperature of 30’C and really high humidity. We just quickly dropped our bags and headed right into the city centre to see the world famous Copacabana and the rest of the city known for samba, football and beautiful beaches. We got stuck in the traffic on the way from the airport but after that we could even more enjoy sound of sea waves in the weakening Copacabana. Sunbathing in the middle of March is really inspiring…
We had a whole day ahead of us and we decided to visit at least one of the main attractions which was the Sugar Loaf. We took a bus from nearby stop and headed to Pao de Acucar which is the starting point to the second most famous mountain in the city. You can get up there with modern chairlift and it won’t take long. You can prepare yourself for one of the most beautiful views you have ever seen. There are actually 2 mountains connected with the chairlift. The first one is Morro da Urca and the second one is the Sugar Loaf. It means that you have 2 rides up and 2 rides down with one ticket. From Sugar Loaf you can make beautiful pictures with Copacabana, Ipanema or Corcovado. Absolutely amazing… Be careful with the monkeys running up on the trees. They are cheeky and can easily steal anything from your bags. This place is really amazing and you can spend a whole day here but it started getting dark and we decided to call it a day.

Next day we started with my the most favourite place for me – Maracana stadium. Every football fan knows what Maracana means, for those who don’t it’s probably the most famous football stadium in the world. The capacity at the moment is around 100.000 spectators but according to our guide, the final match of 1950 World cup between Brazil and Uruguay where home country lost 1:2, there were approximately 200.000 spectators. For most of you Maracana is probably remembered from the last year’s World cup 2014 where the home team was trashed in semifinal by Germans 1:7. It is a beautiful stadium and I’ve got such a ritual, every city I visit I have to walk around the whole stadium. There was a long queue of fans waiting to buy tickets for the next match. The stadium itself went through a massive reconstruction recently. You can visit Press centre, VIP sector and also the player’s dressing room. The tour ends on the “holy grass” and you can also sit on the bench. Fantastic sport experience…

Tip 3: Take the funicular up to the Sugar Loaf mountain and enjoy the amazing views.


Total costs:  20 nights (Brazil + Peru (Inca trail) + Bolivia):  £1720.00

(Prices as of March 2015)

Thank you very much for reading this article. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please write them in the comment box below.


2 thoughts on “Brazil”

  1. Thank you Marian for your article. We just came from Rio and some of your tips were really helpful. It’s beautiful city and we had so much fun there. We loved it! Looking forward for your next blog. Ciao!


    1. Hi Cristina, thank you for your kind words. I am glad to hear I could help someone with my tips. Rio is amazing and we also fell in love with it. We are planning to go back there one day… Thanks again and wish you all the best on your future trips. Ciao!


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