A couple of weeks ago, I went to Rio. I did not encounter any animated Blue Macaws, nor Demi Moore on the beach, but I did fall for it’s contrasting beauty and this short trip came at the perfect time for me. I want to go back someday for longer.
Rio is many things to different people. It represents the beach life of world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. It represents the stunning beauty of its natural hills and mountains, like Sugarloaf Mountain. It represents the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, the largest art deco statue in the world. And also the poorest favelas (city slums) nestled next to rich and tourist areas. All of that, along with having some of the highest crime rates in the world, makes Rio an interesting place.
There may be such a thing as spending too much time in Rio. I found that being there for 4 days was good but another 1 or 2 would have been better. But even in a short time I was there, I felt like I saw everything. It’s not like Paris or New York or Barcelona or any of the great world cities with endless things to do. Rio has a lot of beach. And the beach can get a bit monotonous after a week.
If you were to go at the same time as the annual carnival festival, which is going on now actually, you might find the night street parties can help make the days go faster. But even then, a week seems about right. You also don’t want to stay out at night, which limits the things you can do as well.
I guess with Rio, it’s a nice place to visit but would you want to live there?