What a View
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The airport is old and the customs/passport area is very small for the volume of passengers passing through every day. The baggage claim area is a zoo, so be prepared to wait or fight to get to the baggage belt.
Riding from the Airport to Copacabana, there are several favelas along the highway. Three and four story cement structures with no windows or doors line both sides of the highway. Hand washed clothing hangs in the morning sunshine. Boys play football (soccer) on any patch of green available.
As you get closer to CENTRO, the scenery changes. There are high rise apartments and modern office buildings. A bustling downtown like any other major city in the world. As we go through the tunnel Riboucas, separating CENTRO from the Beaches, you come across a large lake named Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. This is a favorite spot for running, biking, walking and rowing their boats around the lake. The bike trail goes all the way around the lake.
After passing Lagoa Ridrigo de Freitas, you enter the Copacabana Beach area. Hundreds of people stroll, walk and jog along Avenue Atlantica every day. The beach is very wide and Avenue Atlantica runs along the entire length of the beach. There are three lanes in each direction with shops, cafes and hotels lining the length of the avenue.
We stayed at the Le Meridien on the beach. The view from the hotel was spectacular. The beach below and Cocovado(Jesus) above.