FC: Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL | December 1-9, 2012
1: Praia de Ipanema | IPANEMA; made famous by the '60s song bearing its name and its world-famous beach. Two mountains called the Dois Irmos (Two Brothers) rise at the western end of the beach, which is divided into segments by postos (lifeguard towers). Dozens of vendors stroll the beach amid small groups of people playing soccer, volleyball, and footvolley, a locally invented sport combining volleyball and soccer.
3: Strolling, sightseeing & shopping at Ipanema's Hippie Fair
4: Um beijo!
6: A striking natural landmark overlooking Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil. Reaching up almost 1,300 feet, it's named for its unique shape resembling a traditional form of refined sugar used in the 19th century. | Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain)
10: One crazy climber!!
13: So many beach vendors!!
14: Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) is considered to be the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus. It is 130' tall (including the 31' pedestal) and 98' wide. Located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. In 2007, the statue was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
15: The Girls from Ipanema....
16: the Farmer's Market
23: Rocinha is one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest, most densely populated and urbanized favelas (shantytown). About 250,000 people live crammed into a steep and rugged landscape of only .80 square miles. The majority of residents subsist in conditions of near abject poverty, residing in small shanties stacked one on top of another, sometimes as many as 8 stories high. One out of five people living in Rio de Janeiro resides in one of these settlements.
27: Tchau Rio! | Que Saudade!