Merry Christmas

by on December 25, 2006 at 7:01 am in Travels | Permalink

Christmas_in_rio_de_janeiro_brazil

1 Tyler Cowen December 25, 2006 at 7:50 am

That is in the bay, behind Ipanema, in case you are wondering.

2 dave meleney December 25, 2006 at 2:28 pm

What a nice picture…

Thanks for a wonderful year of interesting thoughts, imagination, and analysis…Merry Christmas from snowbound Littleton.

3 Brian December 25, 2006 at 7:16 pm

I believe that “lagoon” is a better translation for the Portuguese “lagoa.” Am I correct in
believing that the water of the lagoon is brackish?

4 cactus4321 December 25, 2006 at 7:26 pm

Brian,

Let’s just say you really don’t want to drink the water.

You also don’t want to eat fish from the actual bay. There are two airports in Rio – the big international one, and a small one called Santos Dumont sitting on a spit of land overlooking the bay. If you fly into the latter, you’d be amazed at how much stuff you see bobbing in the water as the plane comes in. Note that the famous beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema and so forth are not in the bay.

Here’s a stylized map of Rio: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.colorfotos.com.br/MapaRio3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.colorfotos.com.br/xmap.htm&h=526&w=779&sz=123&tbnid=ADUxSSK9s76jfM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=142&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmap%2Brio%2Bde%2Bjaneiro&start=2&sa=X&oi=images&ct=image&cd=2
The bay is on the right side, next to the big mountain (Sugar Loaf). The lagoon is center left, behind Ipanema and Leblon beach.

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