Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian city by the sea, famous for its beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, the 38-meter statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Mount Corcovado, and for the Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for the extravagant Carnival, with parade floats, costumes, and samba dancers. Our Software Engineer, Marcos Ramos, recently took a trip to discover first-hand all that the city has to offer.
What did you love most about this city?
Rio has the best beaches, nicest weather, and warmest people. Walking on the famous Copacabana beach and then stopping at a Quiosque for a Chopp (draught beer in Portuguese) is almost a social event, where people are keen to make new friends and happily introduce you to their city. Rio is one of the most famous cities for tourism with many sights and activities of all kinds.
Where would you take a first-timer in this city?
The first place I would take a first-time would be to the beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema. You will likely spend the majority of your time here. Also, a must is to visit the famous attractions that are unique to Rio, Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf Mountain.
What is one thing that a first-timer must do in this city?
As a first-timer, you should go to Rodizio. It’s an all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurant that has a signal for the waiter, green means you’re open for a slice of delicious meant and red means you’re done for the day. Brazilians are more famous for their barbecue (only losing for their “hermanos”, the Argentinians) than for playing soccer!
What is your favorite dish from here, and where might we find it?
My favorite dish from Rio de Janeiro is Feijoada. This dish was incorporated into their cuisine during the enslavement period throughout the imperialism and is considered the national dish of Brazil. It is prepared with black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef products, such as pork trimmings, bacon, smoked pork ribs, and at least two types of smoked sausage and jerked beef. You can find it basically everywhere.
Tell us about the locals.
The local people are very patient with tourists who can’t speak their language. They’re also very warm and friendly. Their culture is less individualistic and more social, making it likely that you will leave the city with a few new friends.
What is something they have in this city that you wish you had at home?
The food and the beach! I would love to be able to swim or jog with such an incredible view.
What are five words that describe this city?
Relaxing, Charming, Vivid, Interesting, Exotic.
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