Rio lives up to it's famous reputation for glitz and glamour, it also lives up to it's reputation for crime. The iconic sights of Sugarloaf and Christ statue can be seen from many spots in the city. The beaches, Ipanema and Copacobana lined with hotels and burger joints with a few nice cafes sprinkled in. This city can be dangerous as you have probably already heard. On this a second visit to Rio we experienced a negative aspect on this trip but we liked Rio and had a great time with most things we did and saw, would we go back? Probably, we are now better prepared for other adventures in our future. The view from Sugarloaf is outstanding and the botanical gardens is a GREAT place for bird watchers. It is part of the greatly diminished Atlantic rain forest. We also took an excursion to see the Golden Lion Tamarins (small primates) in the wild. They were critically endangered until a few years ago and are now 5,000 strong in small pockets. Very uplifting to see them and well worth the price tag.
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