When I first read that “Rio has one of the top 5 beaches in the world, CopaCabana” I thought it was about females in bikinis but it turned out to be more than that. I have to bow to the highly facilitated city I have ever seen and also the preparation to many international events that Brazil will be hosting in the coming years: World Cup 2014 and Olympic Games 2016.
we (along with some international friends) had the chance to see the Christ which stands on the summit of Corecavado giving the world a “big hug” it is the most famous landmark in Rio and considered the eighth wonder in the world, I completely understand that because from there I got to see Rio standing just in-front of the Christ (statue) but unfortunately for us: it was both windy and rainy so we had to get down as it was a little bit dangerous up there but I must say I really enjoyed the scenes from up there.
after the World Youth congress me and my Omani friends Abdullrahman and Bader decided to spend some time in the Rio and check it out before flying back home. CabanaCopa Hostel was our late night destination for bed and breakfast and I recommend those visiting it to reserve online to this hostel. We had chance to visit the “sugar loaf” which is basically two mountains where one can see the beauty of Rio from a cable car, and stops in both mountains to enjoy the top view of the pure blue sea, green mountains and golden beaches of Rio. The Christ of Corecavado can also been seen, the view of Rio from more 500 meters is truly breathtaking.
fully facilitated beaches is something that attracted my attention. Along the 5-metre wide walk way (Cornish) along Copacabana spread many restaurants, touristic information centres, showers and lockers. I also got to experience the 4 metres high waves in Ipanema beach (a beach in Rio near CopaCabana) which as my Italian friend once stated after one big wave “ooo good.. im still alive!” but what I regretted to not going on Surfing due to time limitations.
Lapa, one of Rio’s neighborhoods not just famous for the never-ending nightlife, in addition to the Arcos de Lapa which was in the old days passage for water but now carries a tram. Lapa steps is another nearby landmark which was featured in one of snoop dog’s video clips and commercials of coca-cola, Fanta, Pepsi and Kellogs corn-flakes and is basically 215 steps connecting two streets in Lapa designed by the Brazilian artist Selaron using tiles from more than 110 countries, and luckily when we there Selaron was there to show us around and autographs and requested for a tile from Oman to be represented in his famous stairway.
At the end I would like to say that Rio was a fabulous touristic experience for me and if I get the chance I would visit it again and again and again!