Hear about travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kay from TheKayDays.com who is a University student in Rio.
“Rio is often seen as a very tropical paradise kind of city, naturally beautiful but also crazy and hectic like the average city. When I came here, I was awestruck by how beautiful the towering rocks are, the white sand beaches, and the people, but like any other city, it is a city where people live, and they work. There is lots of traffic, lots of movement. In many respects, I think people forget about the average life of somebody who lives in a city as grandiose as Rio may seem on television.”
“Rio has a culture and an aura that is completely different from anywhere I have seen before. There are a lot of events that occur here. The pope just came last July. They have big music festivals and of course, the World Cup and the Olympics will be help here within the next couple of years.”
Kay says that seeing the Christ the Redeemer statue is an absolute must. Not only is the statue itself amazing, but the view from the mountain on which it stands is breathtaking. She also recommends her favorite street markets and street food, as well as unusual sites like the Hippie Fair.
No visit to Rio would be complete without a visit to the beach. While Ipanema Beach is a must-see, Kay also likes the lesser-known Red Beach. She covers the beaches much more than a bathing suit covers the people you will see on Rio’s beaches.
Kay volunteers in one of Rio’s famous and infamous favelas, its colorful slums that climb the nearby hills. She recommends a visit to some of the favelas using a locally run tour company.
Instead of the expensive Churrascarias, which are overrun with tourists, Key tells us of some smaller, lesser-known, and more local restaurants.
We also discuss the open markets at Feria de San Cristobal, the art museum, and activities in the Centro district, as well as all the different ways that people kiss each other in Rio.
The Kay Days
Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer tour
Feria de San Cristobal
Va de Onibus
National Museum of Fine Arts
Águia dos Andes
Beijos in Brazil