The Big Dude

Cristo Redentor, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Going to Cristo Redentor on Corcovado hill is a hard trip if you don’t have booked a tour. You’ll have to go by bus to Cosme Velho and from there a train (with quite long waiting times at the station) goes up on Corcovado hill. On the top you’ll have to take an elevator or walk some steps up to the largest Christ redeemer statue in the world.

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Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho

Estádio do Maracanã

The Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, better known as Estádio do Maracanã (named after a bird living in this region), is the most important soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It was where Germany won the world cup in 2014, but it was also the place for one of the worst events in Brazilian soccer history: Brazil lost against Uruguay in the final of the world cup of 1950. Brazilians refer to this game as the Maracanaço.

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The L-shaped palm

L-shaped palm, Praia do Aventureiro

I’m a big fan of the 1000 places to see before you die calendar. Every day I’m turning the page seeing places I’ve been to, places I’m going to in the near future. And sometimes I just memorize beautiful places. This is true for the Praia do Aventureiro and its famous L-shaped palm. I went there and then remembered that I’ve already seen it.

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Pousada Naturalia

Pousada Naturalia, Vila do Abraão

When you arrive on Ilha Grande, in Vila do Abraão (belonging to Angra dos Reis, on the mainland) you first recognize that there are no paved roads and no cars. You walk through the sand and are happy, that there is someone transporting your luggage on a pull-cart. At the east-end of the village you leave the beach and after taking a small and short footpath up the hill you reach the Pousada Naturalia.

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