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City of God : "Rio de Janeiro" with its charming beaches, parties and slums...

Rio de Janeiro is probably the first city that everyone thinks about #Brazil with its world-wide known #carnival. The history behind this world-famous city’s name and travel guide to Brazil's most iconic landmark "Christ theü Redeemer (#Corcovado)" and #Rio`s peak point #Sugarloaf Montain, the hottest restaurants, #SantaTeresa the boho heart of Rio and its beautiful chaos with #favelas.

Rio de Janeiro is the most #touristic city in Brazil and it`s the second largest city in Brazil.

The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by the #Portuguese. The name of ‘Rio de Janeiro’ literally translates to ‘January River’, despite not having a river there.

When Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos, arrived to a huge bay in Brazil (known as #Guanabara Bay), he was thinking mistakenly that the bay was the mouth of a river and he decided to call this area "Rio de Janeiro" after the month he arrived there.

Rio de Janeiro was the capital city of Brazil about 200 years until the changing to #Brasilia (the current capital) in 1961. But Rio de Janeiro was not only the capital of Brazil. Actually, Rio was the only #European capital outside #Europe. After Napoleon invaded Portugal, the royal family and many noble families lived in #Lisbon fled to Rio de Janeiro. After this time, the city became the capital of the kingdom and became the only European capital outside Europe.

Today the city is best known for its sandy #beaches & #tropical forests, #carnivals, #football matches, #favelas, #samba and #bossonova music...

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Starting to city tour with the most iconic landmark "Christ the Redeemer (#Corcovado)" is very touristic spot due to its popularity, but it worth to visit there.

The statue of Christ ( #Christoredentor ) is designed by the French sculptor. The construction of the statue was commenced in 1922 in Rio de Janeiro , the capital of the country at the time , in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Brazil and was opened in 1931 with an official ceremony.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It`s an amazing tour with the "Trem do Corcovado" through the well-preserved Atlantic Forest (#mataatlantica ) which is part of Tijuca's National Park.

You can book the flight via below link or at the ticket office.

By purchasing your Trem de Corvovado ticket, you can get a discount on a train tour in the #SwissAlps. The line of the train was the first railway to be electrified in Brazil in 1910 and built by #Swiss company SLM.

Photo : Corcovado Train, Rio de Janeiro

The statue is 30 m long and weighs 1,145 tons. It is located at the peak of Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.

It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. The statue of Christ is listed as one of the New7Wonders of the World.

After visiting the Christ the Redeemer, you can head to Sugarloaf Mountain, which is one of the most famous tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro.

Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

#Sugarloaf mountain is called "Pão de Açúcar " in Portuguese. The name of the mountain was given in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the heyday of #sugarcane trade in Brazil.

Pão de Açúcar, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

You can reach the mountain by Swiss made #cablecar, which is called "#Bondinho" in Portuguese. You can book the ticket via below link or can get there.

Cable Car to Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro

It was the first cable car installed in Brazil and the third in the world. You must enjoy the fantastic view from the cable car.

The cable car is first stop at the " Morca da Urca " and final stop is at the "Pão de Acuçar".

It is an amazing 360 degree view from Morca da Urca, where you can see Atlantic Forest, Harbour, Pão de Acuçar...

Morca da Urca, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

Photo : View from Morca da Urca

When you get up to peak point of Rio, you must enjoy the landscape of this Mother Nature and your drink at Classico Beach Club while looking to beautiful harbour & beaches...

Highlights of Rio de Janeiro.

Classico Beach Club at Pão de Acuçar. Rio de Janeiro

Photo : The view from Pão de Acuçar

Highlights in Rio de Janeiro

- Copacabana, Ipanema : One of the most famous beaches in the world

Copacabana Beach is known for its 4 km beach, which is one of the most famous in the world.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

There are plenty of Hotels in Copacabana such as #HotelEmiliano , Historical #CopacabanaPalace and many other options...

- Santa Teresa : Bohemian Heart of Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa is a hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, where #AmyWinehouse used to stay during her stay in Rio de Janeiro. Santa Teresa is a boho heart of the city, which is offering great views of Rio de Janeiro once you’re there.

View from Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

Photo : Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

- Favelas : Reality of Rio de Janeiro (slums)

- Favelas (slums), Rio de Janeiro / Brazil

- Jardim Botanico

- Parque Lage

- Barra de Tijuca

- Arpoador

- Museums

- Ports

Santa Teresa : Bohemian Heart of Rio de Janeiro

Where to stay

Chez Georges is located in Santa Teresa, which is the bohemian heart of Rio. actually, Chez Georges is a unique architectural villa, which is own by Pierre Bident Moldeva and Olivier Verwilghen (from Paris and Antwerp) .

Chez Georges, Santa Teresa / Rio de Janeiro

They have another Hotel, which is called " La Ferme de Georges" in Atins, Lençóis Maranhenses.

Both Hotel Chez Georges & La Ferme de Georges are a member of Design Hotel.

Chez Georges has a special designed architect and interior design. The pool area with its amazing landscape is one of the highlight. Especially, if you see the #toucan birds while chilling around the pool...

Photo : Chez Georges, Rio de Janeiro

The Hotel is unique and offers a real 360 degree view of Centro, Santa Teresa, Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and Mata Atlantica Forest. You must enjoy the sunset from the terrace!

Gerthrudes is a small and charming boutique hotel in Santa Teresa. If you wanna feel at home in Rio, this hotel might be the right address for you.

Photo : Gerthrudes B&B, Rio de Janeiro

It is great to start the day with a breakfast and wonderful view of Rio.

Hospitality and comfort brings you the home feeling at Gerthrudes, which offers you an amazing view of Sugarloaf Montain and Favelas...

Besides this charming view, hotel offers you a very sympathetic garden to chill around the pool.

Photo : Gerthrudes B&B, Rio de Janeiro

If you would like to stay on the Ipanema waterfront, Fasano is a right address to enjoy the Luxury and Brazilian #LifeStyle.

Copacabana view from Fasano Hotel

If you would like to show your style at Copacabana Beach, it`s time to show your style with iBeach and More towels. Your Towel, Your Style!

Photo : iBeach and More Towels

Where to Eat

Restaurante Térèze is a contemporary cuisine, which is focus on local gastronomy with a Latin American touch.

Restaurante Térèze in Santa Teresa

If you are looking for a fine-dining restaurant around this bohemian area Santa Teresa, Térèze is the right address.

The view and atmosphere is quite charming with their tropical-chic design.

Photo : Dinner at Térèze , Rio de Janeiro

Actually, Mama Shelter is a Hotel with their modern hippie style. The hotel gives you a feeling that fits to youngster & traveler...

Photo : Mama Shelter, Rio de Janeiro

The Hotel has a nice kitchen and atmosphere for lunch and cozy dinner.

Photo : Lunch at Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter has a Bar with DJ as well...

Photo : Bar at Mama Shelter

Another nice restaurant in Santa Teresa is Aprazível, which offers you amazing view and tropical ingredients to blend Brazilian and international cuisines.

Bagatelle is a fantastic fine-dining and party place. The restaurants is a very fancy place for a nice dinner and it turns a party place after 10pm with a DJ.

Bagatelle has a restaurant in São Paulo as well.

If you wanna show your style on the Beach at Brazilian #Carnaval, time to get your towel!

The Travel by @ibeachandmoreblog #ibeachandmore

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