When you reach Rio de Janeiro, you will find yourself in one of the most beautiful and spectacular cities that you have ever been to, and appreciate what the city have to offer. As you go up the Sugar Loaf Mountain, you will hold your breath looking at the 360-degree view of the Rio and Guanabara Bay, where the 8.7 mile long Rio-Niteroi bridge comes into view. You will fail to decide which one gives you the best view when you visit Cristo Redentor. You will see the natural harbour, surrounded by lush high mountains that flow into the sea, when you visit the world’s famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The joy of Brazil reflects on to that sapphire of the sky, contrasting with the white sands of Copacabana beach, with people dancing to samba and the Sugarloaf overlooks it all.
As you stroll down the beach, you will find little shacks, lined up along the beach, offering beer and coconuts and also selling very cheap food. You may like to stop at one of those shacks, have some snacks and enjoy the view of the beach. If you want to go eating in a restaurant, you will find bars and restaurants all over Rio. The food served at Rosa do Adro on Real Grandeza in Botafogo are deliciously piping hot and is ample in quantity. A bit of pepper sauce dribbled on top would give you the taste of the true Brazillian food. But you need to be careful, too much of it may not suit you.
When you visit the State of Abrolhos, which lies 45 miles off the mid-eastern coast of Brazil, you will go to the Abrolhos Archipelago, a Marine National Park, where you can find the greatest chains of coral reefs in the South Atlantic, spreading across 9 million square yards. There is no other place in this world where you can see the spectacular type of coral reef pinnacle as in Abrolhos waters.
Before you visit Salvador, you would perhaps like to know about the city’s background. Salvador, the capital of the State of Bahia and for two long centuries has been the major port and the capital of colonial Brazil. The city lies in the picturesque setting in between the green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. If you have a historical interest, Salvador has centuries old buildings, churches and museums where you can visit. There are history all around which has not yet receded into the past and reaches out to touch you when you visit them. If you are in a mood to relax, the beach is not far away than a few minutes walk. You can however, like to venture into the Baia de Todos os Santos the Bay of All Saints, taking a car ferry, and explore the sandy beaches on Itaparica Island.