Nice experience in Rio de Janeiro
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This February I visited
The main purpose I visit
All the samba schools compete for the best of the year. Each district chooses a theme and the parade is about that theme. All clothes, alegoric cars and everything begins to be prepared for the next year as soon as that year's Carnaval is over. It's an amazing show, full of colour, music, rhythm and lights. No one who goes to Rio at that time of year should miss it. To have a place at the Sambodromo you have to buy a ticket. They usually cost $200-300 but it's well worth the money. It's a life time experience!
The parade was held in Sambodrome which took about 25 minutes by driving from my hotel.
Corcovado Hill is a must-go place. It is almost impossible to conceive a trip to Rio de Janeiro without paying a visit to the statue of Christ The Redeemer. Located at the top of Corcovado Hill, it is Brazil's most known image throughout the world. The Statue of Christ stands 30 meters high, covered in a mosaic of soapstone. And the best way to get there is by the Corcovado train. To reach the top of Corcovado Hill, the train crossed the largest urban forest of the planet, also the first one to be replanted. The trip started at Cosme Velho Station, a pretty old one which is now part of the Brazilian Historical Patrimony.
After arrived at the foot of hill, I took the train to the top of hill. The Christ statue is huge! Standing below it, I felt a little over-awed by religious devotion on such a grand scale. I tried my best to have good shoot, including whole statue and some people on the ground. Maybe it's better to view it taking a helicopter. The sight of Rio de Janeiro at my feet was really breathtaking.This is probably the best place to see all the contrasts: mountains and sea, forests and beaches.
I took the cable car to access to the famous Sugar loaf. The height and unmistakable outline of Sugar loaf makes it one of the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro.The most popular way of reaching the top is to take the cable car - a system that has been in operation since 1912. The first leg of the ascent took me from Praia Vermelha to a height of 220m above sea level and stops at the summit of Morro da Urca.
Besides the Carnaval event, I also watched other small scale party in Rio. My first impression on Rio is that although it's a poor city, Brazilian people are passionate and happy! They were good dancers and entertainers. When I took pictures for the opera house in a small square, some local guys asked me to take picture and posed funny.