Hey Gang, Adam Kaupert her checking in with you from the city ofRio De Janeiro, Brazil. Rio is the latest stop on the Adam Kaupert tour of South America which has been great so far in case you haven’t been keeping up. I initially wanted to wait to visit Rio for the Olympics but my dear friend Josef is getting married back in the states and I wouldn’t miss that for the world, so Pre Olympic Rio it is-the Adam Kaupert way!. Perhaps it is for the best I avoid the 2016 Rio Olympics though. After seeing some of the Olympic related building projects around the city and talking to people who live and work in Rio, the situation seems pretty dire as there is a real lack of medical resources and the hospitals here are already stretched pretty thin. While the city seems at some sort of turning point it is still full of life and all the excitement you could want. As usual I tried to eat at a few places to capture a taste of the city’s vibrant culinary scene and visit some cool spots around Rio including one of the most famous landmarks in all of South America, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado Mountain.
Christ the Redeemer
I had seen and heard that this was amazing to see in person and after checking it out it’s no surprise it wasnamed one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.Christ the Redeemer orCristo Redentor is a massive 98 feet high Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ, which sits over 2,000 feet above sea levelon Corcovado Mountainover Guababara Bay. This statue was so cool! It is a symbol of peace and protects the city with outstretched arms. There was a great vibe up there and even though I didn’t stay long everyone I talked to seemed to share the good feelings. Itis easily one of South America’s must see-attractions. It stands as a symbol of peace protecting the city’s inhabitants with his open arms. The views alone are worth the trip but after a few hours I had worked up quite the appetite and was ready to eat!
What does Adam Kaupert do in Brazil when he’s hungry? Japanese of course! Just kidding, kind of…I did have some great Brazilian food and plenty of Brazil’s most popular cocktail but had heard so much about the Japanese restaurant Hachiko I needed to make time for it. The Salmon was prepared expertly and they served me some of the best sashimi I’ve had anywhere in the world. After a few more caiprinhas, I was all ready for bed.
Brazil and Rio in particular, are generally a little pricier than many of the other places I’ve visited so far but definitely worth it-even if just for a few days. Portuguese is spoken here mostly rather than Spanish and this can get a little tricky if you aren’t prepared. I always go with my namesake Adam Kaupert Scam productions style of travel which is a little acronym I like to use for shoes, camera, attitude and map which, in my humble opinion, are the keys to successful travel. Rio can be pretty expensive if you don’t plan properly but it is possible to have a great time at reasonable prices by steering clear of touristy bars and nightclubs and drinking where the locals go, which almost always makes for the best conversation as well.