Rio de Janeiro
The most beautiful city in Brazil
In today’s episode we are going to tour the city of Rio de Janeiro accompanied by our guide Fabiola, an interpreter of Mexican Sign Language, and before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you what we are looking for in this podcast is first of all to make a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need and that is why we need this project to reach a lot of people to achieve the objective, so it is extremely important that subscribe to the youtube channel, https://youtube.com/@realidadalternativaincluyente all together and with lower case, make comments on the page and share this project with all your people, the more it grows, the more we can help and that is what interests us most in AR. It is also a project that seeks to give you a space to learn about different histories, cultures, uses, customs, music, art, and gastronomy from around the world and learn something new in each episode.
Hello, it gives me great pleasure to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and today we fly quickly with the power of the imagination and the senses to the vibrant region of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most fascinating cities in Brazil and the entire world. So breathe, close your eyes if possible and you’re not doing anything else, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, let’s start!
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Now if we come to Rio de Janeiro, its famous beaches like Ipanema, Copacabana, or Leblon; its mountainous geography at the foot of the Atlantic Ocean; its natural environment surrounded by the Tijuca National Park; its grandiose carnival and its fascinating history are some of the reasons that make this city be called “Cidade Maravilhosa”. Rio is a city of high contrasts, the gateway from Brazil to the world, and one of the most beautiful cities to live in.
We start with the Tijuca National Park. From its trilhas (walks) and viewpoints in giant rocks to Palaces that serve as Museums and Cultural Centers. The Tijuca National Park houses various points of interest, including one of the symbols of the city: Christ the Redeemer, and how about we walk to this iconic statue? It will take us approximately two and a half hours, depending on your pace.
Then we go to El Parque Lage which is located at the base of the Tijuca National Park and is considered a Historical and Cultural Heritage of the city. It is well worth visiting, not only for its exuberant vegetation but also for its Palace, built by Henrique Lage for his wife. This houses some attractions such as caves, ponds, and aquariums within its 52 hectares. If we are lucky we will have to watch a firefly show!
Rio’s beaches are so famous in popular culture that most likely you have already heard of Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon and we have to visit them and more than anything enjoy spending some time on them. These three beaches are located in the southern part of the city and follow each other. Copa, as some locals tend to abbreviate it, is a beach with a long strip of sand and a 4-kilometer road with many options for drinking. and eat and where year after year the fireworks are launched to welcome the new year. Let’s see the most spectacular sunset at Pedra do Arpoador, a rock formation at the beginning of Ipanema, a beach that has an extension of 2.6 kilometers and has one of the most incredible views of the city with Morro Dois Irmãos at the other end.
Now it’s time to get on the famous funicular to go up to El Pan de Azúcar (a stone hill) located in the Urca neighborhood, right at the entrance to Guanabara Bay and is one of the most recognizable images of the city in all of the world. From 220 meters above sea level, we will enjoy together the impressive 360-degree view of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. What a beauty!!!!!
Rio has one of the most important cultural circuits in Brazil, among its Museums and Cultural Centers, most of them are in the Center or so we go to Praça Floriano, Cinelândia metro station. We arrive at the Municipal Theater which, in addition to being a very beautiful construction from 1909, houses an interesting program of ballet and symphony orchestra. Next to the Theater, we can quickly enter the National Museum of Fine Arts built in 1937 and which houses one of the most important collections of its kind in Brazil. Continuing with the circuit, all you have to do is cross the street again and reach the National Library Foundation, which has one of the most important book collections in South America and the world, including a Gutenberg Bible dating from 1462. The Museum of Amanhã focuses on human awareness of the environment and its concern for the future in a series of digital exhibitions, many of them interactive and I found it very interesting. The Moreira Salles Institute is a Cultural Center with exhibitions of photography, cinema, music, and iconography. The architecture of the place is one of the most impressive things, an example of modern Brazilian architecture from the 50s that we cannot miss! It is located in the southern zone, in the Gávea neighborhood and its entrance is free.
A must-see is the famous Sambadrome, Marquês de Sapucaí, it is the open-air stage where samba schools and their floats parade. It was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, who with his modernist ideas built a stage made up of various sectors, divided into stands, and crossed by a path that leads to a square located at the end of the route and crowned by the M-shaped monument. It was inaugurated in 1984 and is located in the place where Samba was born. As we have said, it is divided into sectors, 13 in total and 4 types of locations, with a capacity for 75,000 spectators.
Another must-see, especially for soccer lovers, is the famous Maracana stadium, which is known not only in Brazil but internationally as the Temple of Soccer. We cannot forget that soccer is a fundamental part of Rio’s identity and culture, and the Maracaná is one more example of this. It is the largest stadium in the country that, in addition, for years held the title of being the largest stadium in the world. This iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated on June 16, 1950, to host the Soccer World Cup that was held in Brazil that same year The Maracanã Stadium sports complex also includes other facilities such as a water park with Olympic-sized swimming pools, athletics tracks and what is known as the Maracanãzinho, a smaller, covered stadium where volleyball, basketball, and futsal matches are played. In the entrance hall, there is a tribute to those who are considered two of the best soccer players in the history of Brazilian soccer: a bust and the footprints of Garrincha, who is said to have become one of the greatest, and the footprints of Pelé’s feet along with the ball with which he scored his thousandth goal.
And to end this interesting and eventful tour, let’s climb the most beautiful staircase in the world, the Selarón Staircase, which is undoubtedly one of the most important and visited tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro. Located in the fantastic and famous bohemian neighborhood of Lapa. Jorge Selarón was a Chilean born in 1947 who built the staircase. When Selarón moved to his house, he noticed that the staircase was in terrible condition. Nobody took care of her. In 1990 he began to renovate some steps in his house. At first, he placed blue, yellow, and green tiles (the colors of the Brazilian flag), as a tribute to the Brazilians and to the Brazilian soccer team in the FIFA World Cup, in 1994. The project started as a hobby but little by little. The project soon became an addiction for Selarón. Every time he ran out of money to buy tiles, he sold more paintings. Visitors from all over the world began bringing tiles from their home countries to be added to the ladder. Today there are more than 2000 tiles from 60 countries. Pay attention, you are probably going to find the tile from some other country. hASTA sNOOP Dogg and other artists have recorded videos there.https://youtu.be/_FE194VN6c4
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!!!Thank you for traveling with me, until next week!! I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and all her team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!
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