Since we were visiting friends in São Paulo, Ryan and I decided to take a quick trip up to Rio de Janeiro during the week while our hosts were working and continuing their regular schedules. The plane tickets were extremely reasonable. The forty-five minute flight cost $93 for the two of us on the way down and $85 dollars for the two of us on the way back!
Once we got to Rio, we were greeted but gorgeous beaches as expected. Rather unexpected however, was the rainy weather which lingered until our last day in Rio. We had packed very light for the quick and unexpected adventure and we found that it’s harder to entertain ourselves without our computers and rain gear. In addition, without our hosts, we struggled a little more with the Portuguese language barrier.
All of this did not stop us from visiting Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden), which turned out to be the absolute perfect thing to do in the rain. We spent most of our day there, ducking in and out of beautiful gazebos. Among many other delights, they had a gorgeous orchid collection.
We also discovered an amazing little deli-style restaurant called Delírio Tropical that had an incredible (and ever changing) variety of delicious freshly made salads and plenty of home-made dessert! We liked the restaurant so much (the price especially) that we ate most of our meals there. With a piece of cake and entirely new menu every day, we couldn’t go wrong.
On one of the rainy nights we also wandered into a movie. The Avengers II had just opened and happened to be in English with Portuguese subtitles. We sat in wet clothes enjoying international popcorn and soda. I must say that in my humble opinion, Chris Hemsworth is hot on every continent.
On our last day in Rio, the weather miraculously cleared and we were able to check some of the more touristy things off of our list. This included visiting Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), spending some time at the beach, and watching a beautiful sunset. Even in less than ideal weather, Rio de Janeiro was a sight to behold.