Grown Women Travel: Rio here I come

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A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was once said to be the largest Art Deco statue from 1931 until 2010. Sculptors began creating the statue in 1893 and it wasn’t finished until 1931. The statue has become an icon for Rio and Brazil.

Here’s the thing, there comes a time when you have to add culture to your life and that time is now. Grown women travel, period, point blank. I was talking to a few of my girlfriends on the phone and I said look, we’re in our 30’s, we need to get some money together so we can start taking some trips. Gone are our 20’s where we were broke and didn’t know how to save (or rather I should say when I spent all of my  money getting drunk as a skunk in the club until the wee hours of the morning). It was time to start having some grown woman fun. So, I called up my sister and said “I’m ready,” little did I know what she had in store.

Brazil, Brasil, here we come! My sister, her two friends and myself will travel to Brazil in October of this year. I’m super excited about my first “ladies trip” and I’m looking forward to experiencing the Portuguese culture. I have never traveled with my sister (pray for me y’all) but prayerfully we will make it to Brazil and back without killing each other in the process. Besides, grown women keep themselves together, so that’s motivation in itself.

I asked the hubby if he was cool with me going (we’ll talk about this in other posts) and started my research on the country. I found an article called 10 Top Tourist Attractions in Rio and lets just say I was blown away. This place looks gorgeous, here are some of the tourist stops I found.

Santa Teresa Neighborhood

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Perched on a hill overlooking the city’s harbor, the Santa Teresa neighborhood allows visitors to step back in time and experience the elegance of Rio’s 19th-century plantation mansions and cobblestone streets. The region escaped development until 1896, when an aqueduct was built that linked the neighborhood to the city. The district was a haven for artists, musicians and writers in the 20th century, and although trendy clubs and boutiques have since overtaken the neighborhood, it still retains a friendly artist-colony vibe.

Lapa Neighborhood

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Located in the downtown section of Rio known as “Centro”, the Lapa neighborhood was once the city’s red-light district. Today, the area is known for its vibrant nightlife. Lined with samba and choro bars, the music and dancing spills out into the street on weekend nights. Most of the neighborhood’s architecture dates back to the 1800s, providing a scenic backdrop to all the festivities. These beautiful steps connect the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.

Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Mountain sits 400 meters (1,300 feet) above the mouth of Guanabara Bay, it is a monolith of quartz and granite that visitors can crest via a glass-walled cable car known as a “bondinho” or “teleférico.” The cable car departs every 20 minutes from the base of Babilônia hill and climbs to the top of the Morro da Urca hill. I will absolutely climb this mountain.

Ipanema

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A long, arcing expanse of soft white sand and rolling waves, Ipanema routinely reaches the top of the “Best Beaches in the World” lists year after year. The beach is bordered by a well-organized grid of shops, cafés and restaurants as well as an array of art galleries, theaters and clubs.

To see the rest of the Top 10 places visit Touropia.

All in all, this will be a trip to remember so watch out Brazil, you have some grown women headed your way! Adeus!

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