I have only had the fortune of visiting two cities in the intriguing and beautiful country of
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world
in terms of both population and land area, and its economy ranks 9th in the world (in terms of purchasing power). Clearly
there is much more for me to see in this country, and I look forward to returning one day.
Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado Mountain is perhaps Rio de Janeiro's most famous attraction; it was recently named one of the
New Seven Wonders of the World. In Portuguese, Corvocado means "hunchback," referring to the shape
of the mountain. At the top stands a large statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), overlooking the city.
The view from the top of the mountain is spectacular.
You can reach the top via a road or by taking a train through a lush forest. Built in 1884, the railroad is
Brazil's old electric railroad.