Christ the Redeemer
on 5 Jan 2017
Known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), Rio is nothing if not exhilarating. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, blonde-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fringing aqua seas, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis on earth. From the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the summits of scenic outlooks of Corcovado to the bars and open-air cafes that proliferate the city, Rio has enchanted and seduced visitors for centuries.
Cristo Redentor: As Brasilian as Samba and the Havaiana flip flop, the symbol of Rio - the open-armed Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) gazes out over Rio from atop Corcovado. Given the mountain rise straight up from the city to 710m, the 30m-high statue is visible from almost every part of the city, all 635 tons of the revered man. Constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone between 1929 and 1931 at the height of the Art Deco period, the statue sits on an 8m pedestal, and its arms stretch to 28m. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
And, if you're in the market for a new pair of flip flops, Brazil is the place to purchase a pair of iconic Havaianas. Available in a multitude of colorways, you'll pick up a pair here in Brazil for far less than at home in Australia.
Whilst we're on a roll, once your feet are encased in a pair of Brazil's iconic footwear, be sure to have some Brazilian beef. Brazilian beef is world-famous, and cooked beautifully at a churrascaria, in the churrasco style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese for 'barbecue'.