The beaches. The music. The fahvelas. The food. The friendly people. The shoeshine boys on the beach walks. The bikinis. The spirit.

Rio is gearing up for the Pan American Games. And Al Gore’s concert for awareness of global warming. I settle in to experience some of the usual sites, the architecture and culture, the food and the sunshine. With a better hotel that has secure garaged parking, I park Doc and experience Rio “na pe”, on foot. For the further out places, I take taxi’s, buses and white vans that cruise up and down the boulevards picking up people for a couple “reals”.

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You must take a trip to the Pão de Açúcar (sugar loaf/bread) at least one time your in Rio. A two station cable car whirs you up to the top of this signature mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

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The views are amazing. Rio looks fake from up here.

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Check out the football stadium on the beach. This is Copacabana beach.

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Another must see is “Cristo Redentor” up the mountain Corcovado. Now voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

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Even higher up the views get more unreal. That’s the Pão de Açúcar in the center of the picture where the cable cars go.

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