• Royal Botanical Garden Rio de Janeiro

    Royal Botanical Garden Rio de JaneiroThe royal botanical garden is also known as Jardim Botanico and is located in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This garden is over 200 years old. It is one of the most beautiful and best protected green areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

    The total area of botanical garden is 140 hectors and lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain. There are more than 7000 plants species. The garden has 134 palm lined avenue.

    Among the plants there are also orchids, bromeliads, cacti, huge bamboos and different types of carnivorous plants. The Rio de Janeiro botanical garden is largely green not exceedingly floral.  (more…)

  • Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

    Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain, Rio de JaneiroCorcovado Mountain is located in central Rio de Janeiro. It is also known as “Hunch Back” in Portuguese language. Because of its shape it is also named hunch back. The Statue of Redeemer is situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain.

    Height: 710m / 2329 feet
    Geology (type): Granite
    Translation: Hunchback
    Nearest lake: Lagoa Rodrigode Freitas
    Nearest beaches: Ipanema and Copacabana

    Why tourists like Corcovado?

    1. Corcovado Mountain is one of the most widely recognized landmarks in Rio de Janeiro.
    2. Corcovado has its own dedicated song. The English version of this song titled by “Quiet nights of quiet stars”. It was written by Brazilian famous musicians and composer named Antonio Carlos Jobim.  (more…)
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro

    Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de JaneiroIt is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is approximately 40 meters tall and stands upon the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. It was chosen for its biblical presence over the city. It is a symbol of Christianity in Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil. It is the Christ the Redeemer statue.

    The idea for the statue actually goes back to the mid 1850’s. Princess Isabel however did not wish to give funding for the project. Finally the church received enough donations after a petition in 1921 to begin construction with a little help from the Vatican in Rome.

    Carlos Oswaldo was the first to come up with rough sketches of the statue. Although many designs were presented, they finally decided on the Christ the redeemer with open arms. A local named Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue. Paul Lndowski, a French sculptor, was commissioned to actually create the statue. After careful review, it was decided that the statue should be constructed of reinforced concrete instead of steel to make it stronger. After nine years of construction the statue was finally unveiled on December 11, 1931. Construction in total ended up costing about 250.000$ US which in today’s terms would be the equivalent of just over $3 million. The left arm of the statue points to the north zone of Rio de Janeiro and the right arm of the statue points to the south zone of Rio de Janeiro.  (more…)