Corcovado + Pão de Açucar, Brazil

What an awesome, first, full day in Rio. We woke up, had breakfast at the hotel, and then went out to find an easy way to get to Christ the Redeemer. We ended up getting tickets with “Parque Nacional da Tijuca,” which provided us with safe vans up and down Corcovado (for only 61 Reals per ticket!). We’re happy that we went to Christ the Redeemer, but it was definitely very touristy (see us and the rest of the tourists below)!

We also took a selfie, just to make sure we blended in with the rest of the tourists.

After a quick, authentic Brazilian BBQ lunch at Siqueira Grill, we went to Sugarloaf Mountain. There are two peaks on the mountain, so we made sure to get tickets to both (for 80 Reals per ticket). These views were even more breathtaking than the views from Christ the Redeemer. For those planning a trip to Rio with limited time, definitely do Sugarloaf Mountain over Christ the Redeemer. 

We then came back to the hotel and got ready for dinner at Aprazível. We found the restaurant online and HIGHLY recommend it. It was definitely a fancy meal (which we don’t plan on doing often 😬). We shared a bottle of wine while sitting at a table overlooking the entire city. It was beautiful!


We also ordered an appetizer of hearts of palms which they gave us straight from a palm tree…who knew?! 🤣


We took an Uber to and from the restaurant; it definitely seems to be the safest, most-reliable form of transportation (knock on wood). Anyways, time for bed! Boa noite! 😴

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

We made it! We landed early this morning, got through customs easily, and then took an Uber from the airport to our hotel in Copacabana. It was about a 30 minute drive and we drove on a highway that overlooked the favelas. After a quick nap at the hotel and a yummy lunch at Santa Satisfação (which we highly recommend), we went for a 4 hour walk from Copacabana to Ipanema to Leblon to Lago Rodrigo de Freitas (about 9 miles). Despite the gloomy weather, the beach was beautiful! At the end of our walk, we found a grocery store to grab bottled water and a bottle of wine. Now we are at the hotel rooftop to take in the views and eat some Brazilian fried chicken. We are still a bit jetlagged, so we will probably head to bed early. We plan on going to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue tomorrow AM! 


Now we are at the hotel rooftop (find Cody in the picture below 😝) to take in the views and eat some Brazilian fried chicken. We are still a bit jetlagged, so we will probably head to bed early. We plan on going to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue tomorrow AM! 

JFK Airport, NY

The day has finally come 🌍. We arrived promptly 3.5 hours early to some of New York’s finest dining and hospitality. Cody’s Brazilian visa has an error on it so hopefully he doesn’t get deported too early. Had a salad and a burger at the sports bar to fill the belly before American Airlines’ gourmet offering at 11pm. ✌🏼

New York, NY

Our one-way flight is officially booked! On August 21 we will be flying to Rio de Janeiro! We spoke with some friends who have travelled there before, and they mentioned that it takes a while for our visas to be approved. We plan on heading to the Brazilian Consulate in Midtown in the next few days. We have also applied to a few volunteering opportunities in South America through IVHQ. We still need to finalize our schedule to determine which volunteering opportunity makes the most sense.

New York, NY

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to actually start planning for our big adventure! So far we have booked our trek to Machu Pichhu with Alpaca Expeditions. This weekend we plan on booking our first flight in late August to Rio and maybe a volunteering trip through IVHQ!