Category Archives: Brasil

Forte de Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro CopacabanaForte Copacabana provides amazing views of Copacabana beach and Sugar Loaf off in the distance.  In recent years, Confeitaria Colombo has opened a second location here, offering visitors a great option for dining with a view.  We actually visited for a cocktail one evening and then came for breakfast.

After dining you can walk the grounds of the Fort which also offer great views of Guanabara Bay.  Below are a few photographs of my recent visits to Forte Copacabana and Confeitaria Colombo – Cafe do Forte.
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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Corcovado – Rio de Janeiro

BrazilAtop the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro is the city’s most famous site, a 125′ statue named “Christ the Redeemer”.  While there are several ways to get to the top of this granite mountain, the most popular is to buy tickets and take the electrically powered train.  Although I’ve been to the Corcovado a few times already I don’t get tired of the impressive view.

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Enjoying the train ride up the Corcovado.

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Goofing around with the guys

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Amazing views of Rio de Janeiro from atop the Corcovado

If you are planning a trip to Brazil or Rio de Janeiro and you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

Municipal law number 6556

BrazilWhen I checked into my room at the Ibis Savassi Hotel in Belo Horizonte Brazil I found this note near my bed.  I didn’t recall the amenities list for Ibis including prophylactics. It made me wonder what kind of public uproar would exist in the US if such a municipal law existed here.

Men of Rio de Janeiro

All week long I’ve been posting about my recent trip to Brazil. I still have more posts to share that I’m saving for next week, but I think it is fair to say that this is likely to be my most popular. Which one of these guys is your favorite?

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Paraty – Brazil

ParatyParaty, Brazil is a tiny coastal Brazilian town, approximately 4 hours south of Rio de Janeiro. Sergio and I decided to make a road trip for a few days to this historic town known for its Portuguese colonial architecture.

Paraty, BrazilThe streets of Paraty date back to the mid to late 1600’s and provide a romantic backdrop to the green, lush mountains and blue/green waters of the South Atlantic. In addition to walking the stone paved streets of Paraty, one should hire a boat to see some of the many beautiful islands and beaches that are just a quick boat ride away.

Paraty BrazilOur slow moving but comfortable boat that provided ample shade to keep my pale skin from blistering from the unyielding sun, while we cruised around the harbor for more than 5 hours one day. Below are a few photos of Paraty and our boat ride.

BosGuy in Paraty

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty Brazil

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema

I feel as if the board of tourism for Rio should offer me a free stay at The Copacabana Palace for all the hype I’m providing this city, but I love Rio and can’t help myself.  Rio de Jaeneiro has no shortage of famous, beautiful beaches, but I tend to spend most of my time at the gay section of Ipanema Beach.  I feel more comfortable here and the people watching is great.  Last week at this time, my butt was firmly planted on the sand of Ipanema Beach.  Here are a few photos of me relaxing with Sergio and friends at Rio’s gay beach.

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Sergio on Ipanema Beach

Ipanema BeachIf you have an upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro or travel to Brazil planned, feel free to reach out to me.

Copacabana

Copacabana Beach RioPerhaps the most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana. The beach offers spectacular views of one of Rio’s most famous sites, Sugar Loaf. The 4 kilometer long beach (~2.5 miles) is one of my favorites. I’ve included a few photos to give you a glimpse of this beautiful beach.

Sugar Loaf Rio de Janeiro

The large ‘rock’ in the background is Sugar Loaf.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

The black and white swirl you see behind Sergio on the sidewalk represents two rivers from the Amazon that Copacabana Beach has adopted as its own.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Not exactly an image of Copacabana beach but representative of what you’ll see.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Giant sandcastles that span 10′ proudly display some of Rio’s most famous sites.