The Statue of Christ that rises above Rio de Janeiro is definately one of the cultural icons of the modern era. Voted as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, it is recognized the world over as the keeper of Rio de Janeiro. Definately at the top of the list when it comes to things you should see it Rio. I feel it should be on everyone’s list of things I want to do before I leave this world. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or Muslim, it is impressive and calls ones heart to peace. If you are visiting this beautiful city and need advice or a place to stay, consult us and we can help you make the most of your trip.
This year marks the occurance of El Nino, an eleven year cycle that is influenced by the sunspots. It has influenced our weather more and more with each passing. We have all noted the increase in weather fluctuation and tropical storms. This year has proven to be one of the hottest on record as far as temperature in Rio de Janeiro. With days on end well above the 90 and even 100 degree mark, it has been great for people visiting Rio on vacation, but terrible for the local population who have to live their day to day lives in this sweltering heat. Thank goodness all the apartments we rent have air conditioning!
One of the biggest differences between the northern and southern hemisphere is that while we are having our winter, they are having their summer. This is something that makes a big difference when you are traveling down to Rio. The fact that people are wearing shorts and flip-flops during the months of December and January really makes one take note. When I first moved to Rio, one of the things that was the hardest to get used to was the fact that Brazilians celebrate Christmas on December 24, in the evening. The next day, on December 25, a lot of people in Rio go to the beach. That is such a funny concept to Americans. I appreciate both sides of the equation, but if you are in Rio, do as the Caricoas do!
I have been asked over the years, “When is the best time to visit Rio?” I always jokingly respond, “Right now!” There are however, best times to visit, and I base them more on the weather and in-flux of people than anything else. You really don’t want to go during the hottest months of the year (Jan-Feb) unless you are going for Carnaval. You as well do not want to go when it is super crowded unless that is your thing. I have lived there 10 years and can tell you that these periods are the most uncomfortable (hard to get a spot on the beach or a table in a good restaurant) I think that October-November, (especially the latter) or March-April (in this case, the former) are the best months to go. The weather is nice, but not too hot, and the natives are in a good mood, but not stressed. If you are going during Carnaval or for New Years, take a suitcase of patience with you, go to restaurants a little earlier (9pm) and avoid the busiest hours on the beach.