Just like the girl from Ipanema, we were also inspired to make the most of our day in Rio. “The Girl from Ipanema” or “A Garota de Ipanema” is the most played and recorded song in Brazil and the song writers were inspired by a sensual girl in 1962.
The view of the sunrise taken from our hotel room set the mood for the day. We were off to the beach the for a run, joining the many locals running, exercising and working out in what seems to be more like an open air, free for all gym, than a promenade. It was fabulous to see people of all ages & sizes enjoying their exercise routine. Our run was six kilometers along the promenade’s ‘running and cycle’ track.
After breakfast , it was back to the beach front to hire our bicycles for a ride around the city. We ended up at the Flamingo lagoon, a very popular cycle route with a stop for an ice-cold coconut drink – delicious.
Copacabana beach is the centre of Rio’s tourist trade. The weather is pretty hot at this time of the year – too hot to spend much time on the beach. We settled for a dip in the ocean – the Atlantic – brrrrr, very cold and a short dip was more than enough to cool down. No wonder so few people were swimming!