Source: Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso
São Paulo is one of my favorite cities in the world to spend a few days. With a metropolitan area that includes approximately 21 million people, it also makes it one of the world’s biggest cities and their pride celebrations reflect that with an estimated 2 – 3 million Paulistas and visitors from all over Brazil, South America and the world coming to one of the largest Pride festivals in the world.
The Pride Parade will begin in approximately one hour. You can check out the pride route courtesy of Gay Pride Brazil here.
Happy Pride São Paulo.
Perhaps it was grabbing dinner with our friends Hunter and Cole on Saturday night or maybe it is all the photos of Carnaval that I’m seeing online, but I’m missing Rio. I can’t believe three months ago I was relaxing on Ipanema beach. Summer cannot get here fast enough.
“Carnaval” a.k.a. Carnival in Brazil starts tomorrow. While there are many parties celebrating the start of lent, it seems to me all other parties look pitifully small when compared to Rio de Janeiro.
Feliz Carnaval Meninos
Forte 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.
Atop 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.
Enjoying the train ride up the Corcovado.
Goofing around with the guys
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.
When 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.
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?