Rio de Janeiro
“Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its layback beach culture and its annual carnival.
The harbour of Rio de Janeiro is composed of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear as the mouth of a river. Additionally, the harbor is surrounded by spectacular geographic features including Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 meters (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak at 704 meters (2,310 feet), and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 meters (3,350 feet). These features work together to collectively make the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World ).
Rio de Janeiro will host many of the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, including the final, and the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, becoming the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.”
Below is a slideshow of the Copacabana Beach and the Ipanema Beach which is also nearby.
Our trip’s itinerary did not include the beach, as it was right there. As we had free time that afternoon, our group of friends spent a very relaxing afternoon on the beach, treading the water, walking on the sand, and drinking from a fresh coconut. As I am very much interested in art, I was curious when I looked at the pavement pattern. It was not only beautiful, but it looked like it was a symbol of something for this city. The pattern was everywhere, from souvenir cups to tea towels. I need to find out about this beautiful pattern. Who designed it? What was the significance. Here’s what I found out:
“The Copacabana promenade is a pavement landscape in large-scale (4 kilometres long). It was completed in 1970 and has used a black and white Portuguese pavement design since its origin in the 1930s: a geometric wave. The Copacabana promenade was designed by Roberto Burle Marx.”
Portuguese pavement is a traditional craft used in making the pavement in Portugal. The Ipanema beach nearby also has Portuguese pavement.
A Gallery of Photos of the Copacabana Beach
“Ipanema is adjacent to Copacabana Beach, but it is distinct from its neighbor. It is relatively easy to navigate because the streets are aligned in a grid. Private infrastructure has created world-class restaurants, shops, and cafes. Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. At the forefront of the beach culture are the many surfers and sun worshippers who socialize daily at the beach. Every Sunday, the roadway closest to the beach is closed to motor vehicles and local residents and tourists use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, and walk along the ocean.
Ipanema has played its own role in Rio’s culture since its beginning. It has universities, art galleries, theaters and cafes. Ipanema holds its own street parade during Carnival festivities, separate from Rio de Janeiro’s. Banda de Ipanema attracts up to 50,000 people to the streets of Ipanema for Carnival.”
The Ipanema beach is another very famous beach in Rio. It also has Portuguese pavement but it has a different pattern. I think the wavy pattern of the Copacabana promenade is more prominent. At any rate, we were lucky to live close by the Copacabana beach, and were able to see other beautiful beaches like the Ipanema beach. Please enjoy the two galleries and see which one is your favorite.