Recife Beach

Boa Viagem Beach
Recife, Brazil

Recife, capital city of the State of Pernambuco is located along the Atlantic Ocean 500 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.

Boa Viagem beach is one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil.

The mixture of cultures in Pernambuco enriches Brazil. The History of Recife and Pernambuco is one of contact between native Indians, black slaves, and Portuguese settlers.

Boa Viagem Beach Businessman

The enterprising businessman pictured was selling mixed drinks to the people on the beach. He had a cooler of ice, bottles of liquor and a food processor.

When a client wanted a drink, he would open the lid on the local street light pole and insert the wires from his mixer into the city power line and mix his drink. It must have been legal because four tourist police were hanging out across the street.

Beach Drink
Salvador de Bahia

Convent and Igreja de São Francisco
Salvador de Bahia

A baroque church in the colonial city of Salvador de Bahia. Here and in Recife and other coastal cities of Brazil some 3 million black slaves (35% of all slaves brought to North and South America) were brought from Africa to work the mines, cotton, sugar, and to build the country.

Forced to build their masters' church and yet prohibited from practicing their own religion (Candomblé), the African slave artisans responded through their work: the faces of the cherubs are distorted, some angels are endowed with huge sex organs, some appear to be pregnant.

Imperial Museum of Brazil

When Napoleon conquered Portugal in 1807, Dom Pedro accompanied the royal family in its flight to Brazil. He remained there as regent when King John returned to Portugal in 1821. Brazil freed her slaves in 1888 and the country became independent in 1889.

The Imperial Crown of Brazil and all other regalia have been kept and are on permanent public exhibition at the Imperial Palace in the City of Petrópolis, which is now the Imperial Museum of Brazil.


On the Road to Petrópolis

From Rio de Janiero you travel up into the mountains to reach Petrópolis.

Along the way we stopped at a road side stand where they had made purses by tying together scraps of material.

While not very big, they were very light and colorful.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana and Ipenema Beaches are within the city of Rio de Janiero. They are long ribbons of sand that run down the northeast side of the city.

White sands, year-round sunshine, samba parties make Brazil's beaches some of the best in the world. They are year-round beaches enjoyed except for the rainy season of June to August.

Sugar Loaf

Sugarloaf Mountain

Located on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean you get to the top by taking a series of cable cars.

The mountain is 1,299 ft high. Its name was given because its shape resembles the shape of a refined loaf of sugar.

Ascending Sugarloaf and taking the train to the top of Corcovado where you see the Christ the Redeemer statue are both must do's for visitors to Rio de Janiero.

Sugarloaf Gondola

Once at the top you will find a coffee shop, food to buy, a tourist store of souvenirs, and some local crafts and arts.

Walking around on the decks you will see the famous beaches of Rio. I was amazed to see how Rio winds its way between soft-sided mountains. Some of the mountains in this picture have braces attempting to stabilize them so they do not crush the house below.

Up Sugar Loaf

Plataforma Samba Show

Rio means Carnival and you may not be able to get there during Carnival. Instead go to a Samba Show. It will have the exciting music of Brazil.

The beautiful dancers have exotic costumes and move to the rhythmic music. The samba is a fusion of Portuguese, native and African influences. The color and sound are magical.

You may wish to combine the show with dinner at a Brazilian Churrascaria. These are the restaurants with masses of salads and vegetables on buffet. The waiters bring you meats on huge knives and will cut and trim to your order. Be hungry. The food seems unlimited.



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