Greetings everyone! I’m back again with a special, though brief, edition of my blog. Later this month, I’m headed to Brazil on a business trip; however, I should be able to sight-see a bit along the way.
Rather than my usual day-to-day and play-by-play posts, I’ll write a few condensed posts about some of the scenery, culture, and food I encounter.
Travel Plans // Background
Our original plan was to visit Rio de Janeiro, and possibly Recife and Manaus; however, it’s looking like we’ll be spending most of our time in Rio. It should be moderately warm and [hopefully] sunny, since it’s in the Southern Hemisphere and thus spring is in full swing.
Brazil is approximately the size of the contiguous United States, making it the fifth-largest country in the world. As you can see from the map below, this poses some travel complications when planning to visit multiple cities in a week. Things complicate even more when you consider Manaus is about as remote as eastern Montana.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, our base for the week, is home to a wide variety of attractions:
- Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, which sits atop Corcovado mountain, and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- Famous beaches, such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon (no, I will NOT be listening to
Barry Manilowon this trip, but maybe Sinatra or Getz)
- Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) – the iconic peak in the middle of Rio’s Guanabara Bay
Rio has a population of~6.2/12.3 million [city/metro area], roughly the size of Los Angeles (3.9/13.3 million). São Paulo (about a 5.5 hour drive south) is the largest city and metro area in the Americas, with a population of 11.9/21.1 million.
Coat of Arms
There’s a bundle of things to do in Rio de Janeiro, and there’s no way I’ll be able to see even half the main attractions in my limited free time. I expect to have a pretty full schedule, but our hosts have planned a few activities, so I hope to have plenty to share.
Stay tuned; I’ll post more closer to the end of October.