Great Escapes: A Trip to Rio de Janeiro and Igua?u Falls Combines Urban Energy and Tropical Wonder

Copacabana Beach has worldwide acclaim for good reason. Pixabay
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777彩票地址After just a few moments in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll find your stress levels dropping. Breathe deep and let your shoulders relax as you immerse yourself into the perpetual soundtrack of samba and the boundless enthusiasm of the Cariocas—people from Rio—you meet.

Rio is also a city of extremes. Views of the city from its iconic sites of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain include not only the genuinely gorgeous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and the lush green cliffs and steep hillsides that bisect the city into its numerous nooks and crannies, but also Rio’s sprawling, infamous favelas, or shantytowns. There’s much to explore and to learn, and all of it is likely to leave a lasting impression.

Rio de Janeiro is well connected via all of the main U.S. carriers. Once you’ve arrived, have your Uber app ready to go. The rideshare platform is safe, affordable, and abundant in the city, and it has made maneuvering around easier than ever.

STAY

The is the Brazilian beachfront location you’ve dreamed about. It also boasts exquisite service and style, and a world class pool. Grab a lounge chair and take in the see-and-be-seen crowd, the sounds of Copacabana’s endless party along crashing waves washing over the high walls. Rooms showcase hardwood floors and extra high ceilings; try to snag a front-facing room, with small viewing balconies looking down directly to the beach.

If you’d prefer to be closer to the city’s other attractions as opposed to the allures of sun and sand, consider the chic Santa Teresa neighborhood. You’ll be well placed to explore the downtown area with its museums and sites, such as the Selarón staircase. High-end options here include the and the .

EAT & DRINK

Two of your primary culinary objectives in Rio de Janeiro are partaking in a feijoada feast, and imbibing deeply of quality cacha?a. Accomplish both at the , with two locations in town. The feijoada—Brazilian’s national dish, a hearty meat and bean stew—won a competition as Brazil’s best. As you might expect given the name, its cacha?a selection—the Brazilian sugarcane spirit is a cousin of rum—is unmatched as well, with over 100 offerings.?

Also on your dining to-dos for Rio is a stop into a churrascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse. is likely the most well known, along with , which boasts three locations. There are six Michelin starred restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, and two of them are back at the Belmond Copacabana. Cipriani serves northern Italian fare in a formal, white tablecloth environment, while Mee (which calls its expansive tasting menu the “Meechelin” menu) offers a pan-Asian assortment that will meet your craving whether you’re in the mood for omakase sushi, or a lineup dipping its toes into half a dozen different Asian cuisines.

The 38-meter Christ the Redeemer statue, which reigns over the city atop the 700-meter Corcovado mountain, is one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images

PLAY

Copacabana Beach has worldwide acclaim for good reason. The beach is dotted with numbered stalls serving a narrow swath of territory, selling food and drinks, and providing chairs and other beach gear. Certain beachfront hotels provide their own beach service, useful not only for chairs and towels but for keeping your belongings safe when you jump into the water or take a stroll.?

At night, you can simply walk down the endless black-and-white tiled promenade, stopping into beach bars with live music and sipping caipirinhas to your heart’s content. The 38-meter Christ the Redeemer statue, which reigns over the city atop the 700-meter Corcovado mountain, is one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” Transportation options include van service, or the more popular Trem do Corcovado, a train slowly slicing through the jungle up the mountain taking between 15 and 30 minutes.?

777彩票地址For another view of the city, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain. To ward off long waits, particularly at busy times, consider buying your tickets for both the Trem do Corcovado and the Sugarloaf Cable Car in advance.

Iguacu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world, with 275 individual falls and approximately 1.8 million liters of water gushing per second. Pixabay

TRIP EXTENSION: IGUA?U FALLS

Igua?u Falls is a two-hour direct flight from Rio. (The falls span the border between Argentina and Brazil. The Argentinean side is home to the town of Puerto Iguazú, while the Brazilian side has the town of Foz do Igua?u, with the falls there sometimes anglicized as Iguassu.) It’s the largest waterfall system in the world, with 275 individual falls and approximately 1.8 million liters of water gushing per second.

The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the sole property within the actual park on the Brazilian side. Belmond even offers a joint “Grand Tour of Brazil” package, combining stays at the Copacabana Palace and the Hotel das Cataratas, whose grand pink Portuguese colonial-style structure is directly across a small private road from a main viewing point, essentially placing the sheer power and endless roar of Igua?u Falls in your backyard. The park is otherwise closed to the public outside of business hours.

The top choice in Puerto Iguazú, on the Argentinean side of the waterfalls, is the . The 14-room lodge boasts high-end inclusions such as private villas with plunge pools and dedicated guides for each group. The Relais & Chateaux property is about 20 minutes from the falls.

777彩票地址Another can’t-miss excursion is the Macuco Safari, a high-speed boat ride that takes guests through some light rapids before dunking them repeatedly under several of the flowing falls. Day trips can be scheduled to experience the Argentinean side of the park as well, with several hiking routes, including one that provides direct access to the Devil’s Throat, the epicenter of the immense waterfall system. Make a quick stop at the Three Borders Landmark, where Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina meet at convergence of the Iguazú and Paraná Rivers.

The writer was hosted by the Belmond Copacabana Palace and the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.


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