Join sponsored athlete Dave Kim and some Connection Rio guests as they go sightseeing in Rio. After the morning training session they hit the Hippy Market in Ipanema and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
This post was written by Connection Rio sponsored athlete Dave Kim. He blogs weekly about his experiences training BJJ in Rio de Janeiro. This is an excerpt from the BJJLibrary blog, . Click the link to read the full post.
If you’re ever in Rio and want to get some nice shots of the city from above, the Christ statue is probably the best place to do it short of catching a helicopter or a thrilling hang-gliding experience.
After our training session we started off at the bakery to catch a quick breakfast and some acai. We go to the bakery every day after the morning training session to catch some acai and sometimes some food. They have a breakfast and lunch buffet where you can grab whatever you want and pay based on the weight of the food.
Our first stop was a bus ride to Ipanema to check out the hippy market. The Finnish girls wanted to stop by there to buy some souvenirs as they were about to leave soon and wanted to get gifts for their families. We split up into groups of two and I walked around to check out the goods and marvel at some art. If you’re interested in purchasing some art and happen to be in Rio, this could be a good place to pick up a few paintings.
After checking out the art, we caught a taxi from Ipanema to the Corcovado (Christ Redeemer Statue). The taxi won’t be able to take you all the way up to the statue because the hill that the statue sits on is a national park and cars going up require the necessary permit to get in. The taxi dropped us off at the bottom of the hill where you can transfer to either a tram or a van to get to the top. The fee for transport is around $20-25 Brazilian Reals.