Rio de Janeiro

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    Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado Mountain in the Early Morning

    Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado Mountain in the Early Morning
    South America Cruise Ship Port of Call - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado Mountain in the Early Morning. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    Brazilian City of Rio de Janeiro Is Lively and Spectacular

    Sailing into Rio de Janeiro in the early morning is an unforgettable sight. It's one of my favorite sail away ports in the world. As the sun begins to shine on this jewel of a city, the view is breathtaking. We visited Rio de Janeiro for three days on the Celebrity Infinity during the annual Carnaval festivities before Lent, and saw many of the sites we have all heard so much about, including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corovado Mountain, Tijuca Forest, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema. A highlight of our time in Rio was the Carnaval Samba Parade.

    Rio de Janeiro is amazing to look at, and any fears of rampant crime were quelled by the heightened security for Carnaval. The Infinity had many shore excursions, including those to all the famous sites of Rio we visited. We took advantage of the ship's excursions because of the risk of crime, but others used taxis or toured on their own...MORE with no problems.

    As we sailed into Rio, the clouds were hanging over the city, but Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer on top seemed to be guarding the city.

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    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain in the Early Morning

    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain in the Early Morning
    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain in the Early Morning. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado in the Early Morning

    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado in the Early Morning
    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado in the Early Morning. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rio de Janeiro - View of Rio from Celebrity Infinity

    Rio de Janeiro - Statue of Christ the Reedemer on Corcovado Overlooks Rio de Janeiro
    Statue of Christ the Reedemer on Corcovado Overlooks Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro - Statue of Christ the Reedemer on Corcovado Overlooks Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Ferryboat in Rio de Janeiro Harbor

    Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Ferryboat in Rio de Janeiro Harbor
    South America Cruise Ship Port of Call - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Ferryboat in Rio de Janeiro Harbor. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rio de Janeiro - Fiscal Palace in Rio de Janeiro Harbor

    Rio de Janeiro - Fiscal Palace in Rio de Janeiro Harbor
    Fairy Tale Castle Was Site of Last Emperor's Ball in Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro - Fiscal Palace in Rio de Janeiro Harbor. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rio de Janeiro - Bridge to Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - Bridge to Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro - Bridge to Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    Visitors to Rio de Janeiro can take a ferry or cross the modern bridge to the neighboring city of Niteroi.

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    Rio de Janeiro - Old Aqueduct and Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - Old Aqueduct and Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro - Old Aqueduct and Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    This old aqueduct was once used to transfer fresh water from the mountains to the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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    Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro
    South America Cruise Ship Port of Call - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    Rio's ultra-modern Metropolitan Cathedral is shaped like an Aztec temple. It accommodates 20,000 standing people.

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    Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro
    South America Cruise Ship Port of Call - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro - Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    Rio's Cathedral has four wide stained-glass panels stretching 200 feet from the floor to the apex of the pyramid-shaped Cathedral.

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    Rio de Janeiro - World War II Memorial in Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - World War II Memorial in Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro
    Memorial Honors Brazil's WWII Dead Killed in Italy Rio de Janeiro - World War II Memorial in Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    Flamengo Park was built in 1965 on land reclaimed from the sea. Designed by Burle Mars, 1.2 million metric tons of dirt were used to build the park.

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    Rio de Janeiro - Plane Landing at Domestic Airport in Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro - Plane Landing at Domestic Airport in Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro - Plane Landing at Domestic Airport in Rio de Janeiro. Picture of Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

    As we sailed away from Rio de Janeiro, this airplane passed right over the Celebrity Infinity and landed at Rio's domestic airport.

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    Rio de Janeiro Beaches - Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches

    Don't the words Copacabana and Ipanema immediately make you start singing the Barry Manilow song "Copacabana" or the famous bossa nova song, "Girl from Ipanema"? These two beaches are Rio de Janeiro's most famous. In addition to the popular beach, Rio's Copacabana district has the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel, built in 1923. This hotel put Copacabana on the map for the rich and famous, and its reputation has stayed intact.The Rio jeweler Amsterdam Sauer had a free shuttle from the Celebrity Infinity to their stores on Copacabana and Ipanema, and their Ipanema store has a small gemstone museum that is worth a visit.Copacabana and Ipanema beaches were both packed with people during our Rio visit. These facts about Rio's beaches are interesting No nudity is allowed, i.e. no topless or bottomless on Rio's beaches Thongs are worn by everyone (almost) Each person gets about 10 square feet of beach space (one large beach towel) The water is very cold and has dangerous currents