Memories of a flight to Rio de Janeiro as a Cabin Crew Member
Recently I was scheduled to do a 10-day flight to Rio. As this flight was during the period when the Rio Carnival was taking place, I arranged for my family to join me on the flight and wanted to make it a truly special occasion. Having travelled with my family to many destinations throughout the world, Rio remains one of their favourites! I have listed the highlights of the trip below.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most beautiful cities with one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world. There are some who say “that God created the world in six days and spent the seventh day creating Rio de Janeiro”.
The spectacular beauty of its setting is between one of the world’s finest harbours, Guanabara Bay and a number of granite peaks, including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. Named after the traditional sugarloaves, Sugarloaf Mountain stands 395 meters high and rises above the Guanabara Bay in the Atlantic Ocean. From Sugar loaf you have a view over the statue of Christ, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, beautiful beached as well as green forests. To get to the top of Sugarloaf, you can take a cable car or for the more adventurous, you can climb to the top.
The statue of Christ is located on the Corcovado Mountain. A cog train takes you to the top through beautiful forests.
This is a country that is widely regarded as exotic, with a ‘liberated’ lifestyle, and an economy full of promise for the future. The residents of Rio, also known as Cariocas, and visitors fondly call Rio the “Marvellous City”.
There is approximately 80 kilometres of fine sandy beaches, the most popular beaches being, Copacabana and Ipanema. Copacabana beach stretches for approximately 4.5 km with visitors to the beach, playing soccer, exercising or just soaking up the sun. The beach is surrounded by restaurants, hotels and pubs. Ipanema is more popular among the locals and is a surfing favourite.
Beaches are a fashion parade, and although beachwear is minimal, ‘topless’ sunbathing by female visitors is regarded with disapproval. The need for ‘Cariocas’ to look good is all-important, so not surprisingly cosmetic surgery is a lucrative industry in Rio.
Carnivals are celebrated in mostly Catholic countries throughout the world, however Rio is known as the “Carnival Capital of the World”. Approximately 500 000 foreign visitors attend the Rio Carnival. The uninhibited dance rhythms and extravagant costume parades of Carnival, one of the greatest shows on Earth, which serves to break down social barriers between rich and poor in a country where millions earn a meagre wage.
To complement these resources the city has a good transport infrastructure, including two major airports, and world-class hotels that are concentrated in the Copacabana area.
Maracanã Football Stadium is owned by the Rio de Janeiro state government and accommodates approximately 100 000 spectators. Football clubs such as Vasco da Gama and Flamengo play matches here, so this is something you should not miss doing while in Rio.
We look forward to hearing about your trip to Rio as a cabin crew member.