On top of Corcovado Mountain
I smile from ear to ear after finally experiencing the Cristo Redentor statue on top of Corcovado Mountain.
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Reedemer) panoramic view, at the top of Corcovado moutain, is u-n-s-p-e-a-k-a-b-l-e. I visited him shortly after my arrival in the city, but my advice is to go in the last days. During my stay in Rio de Janeiro I flirted the statue. Whereaver I looked up I found it and was always magnificient, and by night - lighted and alone in the sky – it’s powerful. Therefore, first flirt the statue, then you are able to go there and try to find every place you had been in Rio de Janeiro. Do not forget to smile to Cristo Redentor and thank him for the wonderful city where you are.
The landmark Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rio. The over 125'tall statue sits atop the 2400' high mountain and overlooks the city of Rio with outstretched arms blessing the area. The panoramic view is a thrilling one of Rio and Sugar Loaf Mountain across the water. The statue was erected in 1931 and is located at the top of the mountain in the Tijuca National Park. The journey to the site on the historic cog wheel train (1884) is a treat in itself as you travel up through the forest. Once off the train, there are escalators (2002) to get you to the statue. The adventurous and experienced can climb the face on one of 50 climbing routes (not hiking trails). Visibility can be a problem in this rainforest area. When I arrived, I was so disappointed. The fog was so thick that nothing was visible but the base of the statue. I hung around for about 45 minutes and started to leave when I heard someone say "Oh, look, there He is"! I turned around and saw that the fog cleared. As I looked up, up, up, I saw this magnificent iconic statue. I realized why so many visitors completed the trek all the way up to the top of the mountain. The statue was huge and simply beautiful, the view was breathtaking as I could see all of Rio at my feet. I was thrilled to see this historic statue! Visit Rio but don't leave out this attraction. Info: www.braziltravelvacation.com/christ-redeemer.html
Open only on Saturdays, this large market has stalls selling lots of fresh fruits and fish for good prices. Everyone who lives in Rio is addicted to açai, the Amazonian berry that’s loaded with antioxidants. The berry doesn’t come from this region of Brazil, but you can get it fresh in the market in a big bowl mixed with strawberries or ice cream. Rua Frei Leandro As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
Behold the largest Art Deco statue in the world! The Cristo Redentor is one of the best monuments I’ve seen mostly because of it’s dramatic location with exceptional 360 degree views of Rio. It sits on top of the Corcovado mountain. The easiest thing to do, and please take my advice on this, is to get a taxi to drop you off at the ticket sales booth which is where you board the tram (Rua Cosme Velho). It costs about $20 dollars for the experience. The ride on the tram takes you through the Tijuca forest and lasts about 20 minutes. People really get creative with their Cristo pictures. I actually spent about half an hour just looking at all the fun posing people were doing. There was definitely a lot of prayer posing, as well as people imitating the statue with their arms spread out. You can also brag to your friends that you saw one of the new seven wonders of the world. Photo by Ruddy Harootian
Corcovado - Jardim Botanico For the past 10 years I thought that Rio de Janeiro was ruled by our Lord of Corcovado. From his majestic location he seems to protect the whole city day and night. Now I realize that Rio de Janeiro is not only ruled, but also protected by our Lady Mother Nature of the Botanic Gardens. There is not a single day in which all the human beings residing in Rio are not amazed of what our Lady is able to do to make Rio the most beautiful city in the entire World. In the winter time and during the early hours, with her grace she may be able to cover her son and the hills surrounding him with a blanket, then with the rise in temperature, uncover him to let him shine under a striking blue sky. What a wonderful life this can be by simply contemplating the city from Vista Chinese. But Rio's physical beauty is only one aspect that our Lady revels to us. In reality, Rio is deeper than its beautiful looks; it is a state of mind, an overwhelming combination of passion, emotions, sensitivity and romanticism. If a broken heart arrives to Rio, our Lady can heal it with grace and compassion. She will detach any soul from the feeling of disappointment, the dramas of the self-pity and unnecessary suffering. She will never let a broken heart give up and she will do everything to always make it hopeful, thankful and grateful. Our Lady always accentuates the positive and eliminates the negative.
My grandfather used to come here. The restaurant specializes in Portuguese cuisine and serves consistently good traditional dishes, including the bestpicanha (steak) in Rio. The food is simple, but you know it will be amazing. It reminds me of eating out in Europe. Rua Maria Angélica 57, 55/(21) 2286-1689 As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
The coffeeshop inside this bookstore is run by the Brazilian restaurant Ateliê Culinário, so the food is fantastic. But I come for the terrific collection of books. The store is small and cozy and feels like a reading room. Sometimes I’ll lose myself for hours in an obscure art book and a glass of red wine—then I feel compelled to buy the book. I always run into people from the art and music worlds here. Rua Jardim Botânico 585, 55/(21) 2259-8686, pontedetabuas.com.br As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
This is a huge tropical park, with lakes and English gardens and the trailhead that leads up Corcovado mountain. I love having breakfast in the park at the Café du Lage, while everyone else is doing their morning exercise routine. Rua Jardim Botânico 414. As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
The pizza here is considered some of the best in Brazil. It’s fairly doughy, and my favorite type is called the bráz, which comes topped with zucchini. It goes great with a light beer like Brahma Chopp. Rua Maria Angélica 129, 55/(21) 2535-0687, casabraz.com.br As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
On this particular day, the weather forecast called for partly cloudy skies. My friend and I decided to take our chances, and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. Upon arriving at the top of Corcovado, visibility was very low and we were only able to see the statue's feet. By some stroke of luck (and swiftly flowing clouds), the weather slowly cleared. I kept shooting photos, until I got this one. A shot clear of clouds or people! The ride to the top of Corcovado and the scenic views, were breath-taking, as well.
The visual arts school is located inside Parque Lage. The most important Brazilian artists from the 1980s onward studied here, including the abstract painter Daniel Senise. The mansion, stables, library, and great hall are all being renovated, but it still looks beautiful. You can come here just to relax or to take a class in sculpting or painting. Rua Jardim Botânico 414, 55/(21) 3257-1800, www.eavparquelage.rj.gov.br. As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
The Santa Teresa district is a tangle of cobblestone streets and crumbling landmarks perched above the city. It’s undergoing a renaissance thanks to anchors such as the restored Hotel Santa Teresa and the working-class eatery Bar do Mineiro. The latter lures diners with its feijoada (bean and mixed meat stew).
POP is like an alternative school, with classes that last from one day to one week on art history, philosophy—you name it. It’s a place where I know I will learn something and engage with interesting people. I met my great assistant, Guto Martino, while teaching a course on multimedia festivals here. Rua Conde Afonso Celso 103, 55/(21) 2286-3299, polodepensamento.com.br. As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
Jojö is a great place to try contemporary Brazilian-Asian fusion cooking. I love the risotto with shrimp and pepper mixed with curry. The place is tiny, maybe five tables. The owner, Joana, always makes sure I get a great dinner—and a treat, like a dessert or a glass of champagne. Rua Pacheco Leão 812, 55/(21) 3565-9007, jojocafe.com.br As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
During my week long trip to Rio de Janeiro I decided I needed a break from the beach. A friend from Sao Paulo recommended the Botanical Gardens so I gave it a shot. The gardens are quite elaborate and amazing. They were founded in 1808 by the King of Portugal and it is still known as one of the most diverse and largest tropical botanical gardens in the world. Some highlights include the Fountain of the Muses, the Amazonian Lily Pads and the Bromeliad House.
Rio has never been busier. The city is building up and out for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Part of a massive port facelift, the Museum of Art of Rio opens later this year. But in colonial bairros, such as Santa Teresa, fresh paint hasn’t changed the carioca spirit. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
I did something crazy - I walked down the Corcovado. This is somewhere near to the end of an hour walk, however still didn't reach the bottom of the hill yet. Pilgrims in old time used to walk all the way up to the hill, and I just can't imagine how hard it was. Well, the view was nice!
Corcovado. Check. Sugarloaf. Been there. Ipanema. Yeah, I saw that girl on the beach too. Botanical Garden. Now that’s a new one. Located at the base of Corcovado Mountain, and under the right arm of Christ the Redeemer, you will discover the 140-hectare gem that is the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. I stumbled upon this not-so-hidden treasure while tooling around the city on a bike that seemed like it was from 1822, the same year the garden was opened to the public. Once inside the perimeter, you will step into a world that is populated with over 6500 species of foreign and domestic plants, and an assortment of tropical birds, fish and mammals that will kindly greet you (or scurry away) along your journey. If I saw a dinosaur here I would surely think that I had discovered the Lost World. The photo above is of Barbosa Rodrigues’ Alley, one of the most well-known avenues within the park. It runs for about 700 meters, and has about 137 royal palms, all of which are descended from a single tree that was destroyed by lightning in 1972. The sheer magnitude of the garden, along with all the thriving life that resides within it, surely gave me pause to ponder for a bit: If God rested on the seventh day, perhaps it was because the other six were spent creating something as wonderful as this. www.jbrj.gov.br
While in Rio you must go to Sugarloaf Mountain. It has beautiful views of the entire city. I went on a day that was misty and cloudy and was a little disappointed that I couldn't see the Christ the Redeemer statue from the mountain, but soon the wind started to blow and the clouds started to move and the statue stood among the clouds. It was beautiful and I ended up being happy it wasn't a crystal clear day.
Absolutely every type of person in Rio comes here, where city meets ocean. On Sundays, a section of road is closed to traffic and you see people walking, jogging, and rollerblading along the promenade, and playing volleyball on the beach. Most travelers frequent the Copacabana side, where you will find the beautiful black-and-gray mosaic promenade designed by Roberto Burle Marx. I like to run along the other side of the peninsula, between the Leblon and Arpoador neighborhoods. —Zahira Asmal Photo by Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue. Read more about Designing South Africa and Designing Brazil founder Zahira Asmal.
A new addition to the hopping Leblon neighborhood, Brigite’s is perfect for a low-key bite. Parquet floors and an open kitchen complement dishes that range from namorado whitefish with flaxseed farofa (a mix of flour and yuca) to steak tartare with plantain fritters. 55/(0) 21-2274-5590. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
Leaving Rio de Janeiro without knowing the Arpoador beach is almost a sin. Between Copacabana and Ipanema, this beach is mostly known for being one of the best surfing spots in Rio de Janeiro. It was also here that I saw how elders look so young. Short, tall, think, fat, white, black, they all have that healthy and good life look. Is it a Cristo Redentor age miracle? The rocks at Arpoador have trails that are great for walking and to see sunrise and the best sunset in the city. People used to clap during sunset. It’s wonderful. Go to Rio de Janeiro and lived this powerful nature show.
All the chairs, sofas, and beds in my house come from this store. Jaeger is a new designer who respects Brazilian traditions of furniture-making but does contemporary pieces. I go to the shop to see new stuff and have a coffee with the owner in the garden. Rua Corcovado 252, 55/(21) 2274-6026, fernandojaeger.com.br As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.
Name: Batman Zavareze Age: 39 Neighborhood: Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Occupation: Marcelo Felipe Zavareze Marques, known as Batman for his childhood penchant for wearing superhero T-shirts, is the curator-director of Multiplicidade Imagem Som Inusitados. The monthly multimedia art festival takes place at the Oi Futuro Flamengo cultural center and other venues in Rio de Janeiro from June through December. Lots of creative people—designers, actors, filmmakers, musicians—live and work in Jardim Botânico, perhaps because there is so much beauty and a tradition of art here. As the name suggests, this is a very green place. Rio itself is a mix of mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and city, and my neighborhood claims two of Brazil’s biggest urban parks, Parque Lage and Jardim Botânico. They give the neighborhood a very calm vibe. I usually walk or bike from my house to my office, passing residents jogging and cycling along the path around the lagoon, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. I go through Parque Lage, which houses the 18th-century Escola de Artes Visuais building. The school is a great place to take a class on painting or philosophy and to get inspiration—though I don’t need to go far for inspiration. In 15 minutes, I can bike from my house or office to the beach or the mountains or the inner city. The idea behind Multiplicidade—which means multiplicity—was to introduce people to new and innovative performances that unite visual art and experimental music on the same stage. (See video from Batman’s Multiplicidade festival.) Now the festival attracts painters, photographers, designers, and other visual artists as well as musicians, filmmakers, DJs, and emerging technology artists from all over the world. Each creates works for the shows. For our most recent festival, renowned Spanish filmmaker Carlos Casas presented the documentary trilogy “End,” filmed in Uzbekistan, Patagonia, and the Aral Sea in Siberia; we projected the film onto three walls inside of a warehouse. We have a rule at Multiplicidade that nothing can be shown on a white screen, so for another project, a musician played while we projected a film into a pool that we had built and then filled with packaging peanuts. It was gorgeous. And every idea begins in our little studio—our “laboratory”—in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood. For Multiplicidade we have worked with more than 160 internationally recognized performers and artists—Carlinhos Brown, Vik Muniz—who have encouraged others to get into multimedia performance. Now fans follow the scene here. They’ve helped to make Jardim Botânico an artistic hub. You’re always running into creative people. Walk down Rua Maria Angélica and you will meet someone interesting. Grab a coffee and you’ll make a new friend. In Jardim Botânico, chance can still happen. As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Gabriel Rinaldi. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botanico:Jojo Cafe BistroFarmers’ Market at Rua Frei LeandroBrazEscola de Artes VisuaisParque LageLivraria Ponte de Tabuas Adega do PortoFernando Jaeger FurniturePolo de Pensamento Contemporaneo (POP)
Ipanema’s iconic Fasano hotel, conceived by renowned designer Philippe Starck, features wooden armchairs by local architect Sergio Rodrigues and rooftop views of the city’s mountains. Expect three Fasano outposts to open elsewhere in Brazil before the World Cup. From $770. 55/(0) 21-3202-4000. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
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