C.L.A.S.S.I.C. Brazil (as blogged by Marcus & Jennifer, our guests at Casa Cool Beans)

We had the opportunity to host Marcus and Jennifer here at Casa Cool Beans for several nights in early February.  They are going around the world with no bags!!!  Crazy, but these guys seem to have gotten into the rhythm and are doing super with only the clothes on their backs!  Sponsored by Scottevest. travel clothing, anyone can try out for the next No Baggage Challenge.


But, enough about Scottevest and more about the adventures of Jennifer and Marcus here in Rio in their own words:

C.L.A.S.S.I.C. Rio

(C)opacabana beach
This huge, famous beach stretches for 2.5 miles down Atlantic Avenue. It’s a good place (but way too crowded on the weekends) to rent an umbrella and chair, soak up the sun, and drink an ice cold cerveja (beer)!

The center for Rio’s nightlife, Lapa gets insanely crowded as people flock to the bars and dance clubs. It is also home to the bright white arches of the aqueduct.

Best place in Rio to catch a gorgeous sunset over the ocean.

(S)ugarloaf Mountain
After taking two cable cars suspended super high in the air, you arrive at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Definitely try to be there for sunset as it provides a breathtaking view of Rio and Christ the Redeemer unlike any other and seeing the city lit up at night is surreal.

(S)anta Teresa
A quaint neighborhood with cobblestone roads up in the hills of Rio, Santa Teresa is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio. Taking the bonde (cable car) through the hills and visiting Selaron’s staircase are must-dos!

We stayed at an amazing bed-and-breakfast called Casa Cool Beans. From the fresh fruit juice at breakfast to the wonderful hospitality of the host, Lance, we didn’t want to leave! It’s a hidden oasis in Santa Teresa that people would have to be crazy not to love. Easily the best place we stayed in all of South America! Check them out at www.casacoolbeans.com!

My cousin was in Rio for a couple nights and stayed at Casa da Gente. This bed-and-breakfast is located just around the corner from the Selaron Staircase. While it’s close enough to walk to Lapa and Centro, it provides an quiet escape from those noisy neighborhoods. Check them out at www.casadagente.com!

In preparation for Carnaval, blocos are held during the weekends in various neighborhoods for musical groups to rehearse. We went to one that started in Leblon and ended in Ipanema. An open-air double decker bus with the band on top inches down the street as people dance, celebrate, and drink beer nonstop.

(C)hrist the Redeemer
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer sits at the top of Corcovado Hill, overlooking all of Rio.