8. Brazil

November 1, 2015

Reasons to Visit:

I’m not sure if it’s because of all the Brazilian tourists we receive in Central Florida, or if it’s because I’ve had so many great friends from this amazing country, but Rio de Janeiro is definitely on my list of places to see before I do. From the robust culture with events such as Carnival and the absolute passion of futbol, to the amazing cuisine, music, and sights, there’s no shortage of experiences to partake in this diverse, complicated city.

Must See:

  • Yeah, it’s part of the tourist trade, but given its dominance over the skyline, how can you not make a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue? Atop a 2,300 high mountain, the art deco statue of Jesus Christ was completed in 1931 and both welcomes and blesses all who live and visit this amazing city.
  • Timing a trip right, you can participate in one of the largest parties in the world, Carnival. This annual festival includes music, parades, food, dancing, and lots of revelry. It’s not for the faint of heart, but worth the experience nonetheless.
  • Rio de Janeiro sits between a mountain and the coast, with the beautiful Copacabana beach hugging its shoreline. Reports are mixed on the quality of the water and the coast, but a stroll along this famous waterfront can’t be missed. You can also look for the girl from Ipanema, if you’re so inclined.
  • Mountains for climbing and hiking abound in this coastal city. If you’re up to the adventure, why not tackle the heights of Sugar Loaf mountain or other nearby rises.
  • The city recently hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup and is poised to host the 2016 Summer Olympic games in less than a year. Again, like much of the deeper levels of Brazil, both games have not come without controversy, but in the spirit of athletics and global entertainment, why not plan a visit during this multinational event?
  • Soccer, or futbol to us non-Americans, is almost a religion in Brazil and a visit to the historic and famous Maracanã stadiu, which even recently hosted the Orlando City Soccer team for a friendly against Flamengo.
  • Brazilian food is as diverse as the people who make up the country itself, but no trip should miss the captivating cuisine and flavors of this robust culture.

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