Revisiting Rio in Pictures

Revisiting Rio in Pictures

A week or so ago during a family get together, as we often do, Jave and I got to talking to my brother about our past travels together, and our time in Rio de Janeiro rose to the forefront of our conversation. What stood out the most about our visit to the city was how we felt when we left. By the end of our Brazilian breakaway, although we were all exhausted and ready to return stateside, each of us departed Rio significantly more inspired and motivated than we’ve been at the conclusion of any other trip, and in large part, that’s due to the amazing volunteer experience we had there.

But more than that, our time in Rio got our mental wheels turning. The city exemplifies the dichotomy between easygoing, carefree attitudes that are inherent to Cariocas, and the revolutionary whispers that were recently amplified via a collective shout against government corruption, police brutality, and the widening gap between the haves and the have nots. To witness the disparities, all you really have to do is look up towards the city’s hillside favelas to know that despite the beautiful beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the city’s jutting mountains and hills, and the inviting smiles of locals, everyday life for most Cariocas is anything but eternal sunshine. Without a doubt, there’s an omnipresent sense of angst in Rio’s atmosphere that inspires inward and outward reflection and incites a resolve in socially conscious travelers to be difference makers, even if only in a small way.

We’re looking forward to one day returning to Rio to explore how, if at all, we can contribute to the sustainable social changes that Cariocas are yearning for. But until that day comes, we’ll continue to reminisce about and revel in the short, yet extraordinary time we spent in Rio de Janeiro.

Graffiti art
Street art in Santa Teresa, a hillside neighborhood that was once home to Rio’s upper-class residents that’s presently an artists’ enclave
Graffiti
Plain ‘ole graffiti
A view of downtown Rio de Janeiro from the hills of Santa Teresa
A view of downtown Rio de Janeiro from the hills of Santa Teresa
Catedral de São Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro
Catedral de São Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro
Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio
Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio
Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio
Presbyterian Cathedral of Rio
A local Carioca construction worker
A local Carioca construction worker
Rocinha - Rio's largest favela
Rocinha – Rio’s largest favela
Cristo Redentor
Cristo Redentor represents Brazilian Christianity and sits at the top of Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park
Jave at Forte de Copacabana
Jave at Forte de Copacabana
Copacabana Hotel
Copacabana Palace Hotel is Rio’s most famous hotel sitting on Copacabana Beach and has welcomed famous guests such as Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Brigitte Bardot, and Princess Diana to name a few
View of Cristo Redentor from Copacabana Beach
View of Cristo Redentor from Copacabana Beach
Cariocas at play on Copacabana Beach
Cariocas at play on the famous Copacabana Beach which stretches for 4 km
Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach
The surf at Copacabana Beach
The surf at Copacabana Beach
A view of Guanabara Bay
A view of Guanabara Bay
Maracanã Stadium which has since been renovated in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
An image of pre-game calm at Maracanã Stadium which has since been renovated in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
View from the base of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), a  famous peak in Rio at the mouth of Guanabara Bay
Cable car on the ride down from Sugarloaf
Cable car on the ride down from Sugarloaf
View of Rio from inside one of Sugarloaf's cable cars
View of Rio from inside one of Sugarloaf’s cable cars

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rio de janeiro - revisiting rio in pictures

Have you been to Rio de Janeiro? If so, what were your impressions of the city?

  • You have got some great shots! I cannot wait to visit next month!

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks, Chanel! I’m sure that you’ll love Rio.

  • Never been – but interesting to get your thoughts on the place and to see your photos. I have been hearing some disquieting rumours about what they are doing to people in the jails. Looks so beautiful on one hand but its underbelly isn’t pretty.

    • Dana Carmel

      Rio definitely has its fair share of problems but I’m hoping that the recent protests there will help bring about long term change for the better. In any case, it’s such an amazing place to visit!

  • Rio’s not what I expected it to be. You have some really nice pictures here. Love the street art and the architecture!

    • Dana Carmel

      The street art and architecture definitely surprised me as well, Aleah. Rio is definitely an eclectic city!

  • I miss Rio!!! I especially love your picture of Christ the Redeemer poking out behind the buildings at Copacabana Beach!

    • Dana Carmel

      That’s my favorite picture too, Ari! Rio is definitely a very special place and I miss it too!

  • Really enjoyed this. The photos are brilliant too.

    • Dana Carmel

      Glad you enjoyed this post, and thanks for reading, Erin!

  • Beautiful pictures and it looks like some great memories. I haven’t been to Rio but would love to go someday soon. I know that desire would increase once they start showing it during the Olympics. What a scenic city full of iconic attractions.

    • Dana Carmel

      I think you’d definitely love Rio, Mary. Brazil as a whole is such a beautiful country!

  • Beautiful photos! Perhaps you can return for the Olympics?! 🙂

    Happy travels!

    • Dana Carmel

      I wish, but we actually might return sooner! 😉

  • Would love to visit one day, it looks like such an exciting city!

    • Dana Carmel

      Yup – there’s no shortage of excitement in Rio!

  • I don’t know why but I have always wanted to visit a favela. Brazilians are very passionate about everything they do. I have a feeling this will be the best World Cup ever.

    • Dana Carmel

      You should definitely prioritize a visit to a favela, Eduardo. And you’re very right – Brazilians have no shortage of passion. I also find them to be very welcoming!

  • It looks like you had a great trip. I’ve been to Brazil a few times but never yet made it to Rio, did you feel safe there?

    I hope the World Cup goes smoothly, it is a great chance for Brazil to showcase themselves.

    • Dana Carmel

      I absolutely felt safe in Rio – even in the favelas prior to the recent efforts that are being made to clean up the favelas. We found most people in Rio to be genuinely nice and helpful. I think that as long as you use good judgment, you’ll be safe. Brazil is a country that I’ll be going back to again and again!

  • Stunning shots of Rio! I understand the Cristo Redentor is one massive statue, yet one would assume it’s human size from the shot you’ve taken :).

    Rio is certainly a City I would love to visit.

    • Dana Carmel

      I know – it looks teeny tiny from a distance!

  • Brazil is on top of my wish list. These picture reconfirm that! I’d love to spend a few weeks discovering Rio while volunteering. It seems like a perfect way to get to know the city on a deeper level…

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes – volunteering made all the difference during our trip to Rio. Next time around, I’d probably stay in a favela too. But I know that the police are making an effort to clean up the favelas in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics. However, the police there are very corrupt, so it’s unclear how effective they’ll be.

  • The picture with the view of Guanabara Bay shows Ilha Fiscal in the background. Ilha Fiscal hosted the last ball of the Empire times in Brazil.

    Thanks for this post. Haven’t been to Rio in 16 years!

    • Dana Carmel

      You know I noticed that structure in my picture but had no idea what it was. I just researched it on Tripadvisor and it definitely sounds like an interesting site that we missed. Thanks for pointing that out to me! And I hope you get back to Rio someday soon.

  • I have never been to Rio but I’m glad you commented on the internal strife that I’ve read about. It sounds like they have so much potential there. I know they are working like crazy to get the city ready for the 2016 Olympic Games. And I hope it’s a grand success. Oh my gosh I could comment on all of your pictures. Of course any pic with you and Jave in it is always a Like for me. I gave a little giggle at the one of you pointing out text in the book to the “person” reading. Good post, our friend! 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      Haha – those statues looked so life-like. I would love to be in Rio for the Olympics. It would be a dream come true to attend any of the Olympic Games, but to experience it in Rio would be phenomenal!

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