After a few days in Sao Paulo, it was time to continue our journey by traveling to Rio. We were thinking about taking the bus but due to recent unpleasant events in which buses were robbed, we took the plane instead. After roughly 40 min flight duration, we arrived at a local airport in Rio, right at the bay. There were so many topics that needed to be ticked off our bucket list once in Rio de Janeiro, such as paragliding over Rio, seeing the sugar loaf and the Christ the redeemer statue,Copacabana, Ipanema, and many more. Unlucky for us, the weather was not our friend and we arrived in drizzling rain at the Ipanema beach, were we had booked an Airbnb.
We decided to go to the beach regardless and if you look at it from the bride side: Not many people can claim having the Ipanema beach all to themselves as we did, since it's usually very crowded on a nice sunny day. The water was surprisingly warm enough for swimming and it was pleasant nevertheless, but we can only imagine how beautiful the city must be on a hot summer day.
Ticking off the bucket list
As most of our friends probably know, I decided to quit my job in order to be able to travel. One part of the farewell present was a bucket list that my team came up with and which I will describe in more detail at a later stage. In a nutshell, I was given tasks to tick of a bucket list, and two of them were in Rio de Janeiro. Number one was to watch the sunset over Copacabana and Ipanema from a famous rock called Arpoador. Ok no problem, so we went there on the first day for sunset:
It still counts... and to be honest, despite the bad weather, it was still magical and relaxing, maybe because we had this beautiful beach all for ourselves.
Ipanema Beach and Copacabana
Despite of what we expected (we heard all kind of stories of dirty water as part of the Olympics and beaches in the middle of the city are usually not the best ones anyway), Ipanema- the more local, safer and richer area- is incredibly clean , clear, warm and peaceful!
Copacabana is more touristy and less safe with more people trying to sell all kind of stuff which can get a little bit annoying, so it was a good intuitive decision to stay in Ipanema.