33 Reasons to Get Psyched for the Summer Olympics

This summer, all eyes will be on Brazil. From the impressive waterfalls of Iguazu to world-famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, these 33 photos will have you booking the next flight to Rio!

By Kaeli Conforti, Friday, Jun 6, 2014, 5:00 PM

Source Article: 33 Reasons to Get Psyched for the Summer Olympics


"A magnificent cascade of waterfalls at Iguazu Falls."

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Sunrise on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"It was the beginning of a new day after the last night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. I walked a few blocks until I found myself standing alone on the sands of Ipanema beach. A few minutes later my tenacity was rewarded by the most gorgeous sunrise I had ever seen in Rio. After the night party on the streets, the day party in the skies!"

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The beach in Rio de Janeiro

"The beach in Rio de Janeiro."

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view from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

"Take a gondola ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janiero. Seeing this view of the city of Rio makes it all worthwhile."

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Sao Paulo, Brazil, at night

"Driving around São Paulo at night and exploring the city, we came across the São Paulo Civil War Monument, a memorial in Ibirapuera Park for those lost in the 1932 Civil War."

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Carnival show in Manaus, Brazil

"Carnival show in Manaus, Brazil."

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Christ the Redeemer statue in Mount Corcovado, Brazil

"We were the first people on Mount Corcovado just after sunrise to capture the statue with no other people around."

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 jangada boats in northeast Brazil

"Fishermen in northeast Brazil use a one-sail boat named jangada, seen nowhere else in the world. The jangada is usually no bigger than 16 by 23 feet, and requires great skill from the sailor, who must constantly maneuver it. The men who possess such talents are viewed as symbols of endurance and courage."

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View from Sugarloaf Mountain in Brazil

"This photo was taken from the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain with the famous Statue of Christ the Redeemer visable on the mountain in the upper right side of the picture."

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"The Cathedral of Brasília and four statues of the Apostles."

(Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes/Dreamstime)


"A 2014 football player stands in front of a colorful wall of lembranca wish ribbons in Salvador Bahia, Brazil."



"The Bandeiras Monument in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil."

(Aurelio Scetta/Dreamstime)

Sunrise on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Sunrise on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

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"A view of the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge in Brasília, Brazil's capital city, designed by architect Alexandre Chan."



"Aerial view of Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil."

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"A local surfer with his board and bike in Rio de Janeiro."

(Mauricio Jordan De Souza Coelho/Dreamstime)


"Spectacular Iguazu Falls, as seen from the Brazil side."

(Attila Jandi/Dreamstime )


"Surfers on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro."



"A favela near Copacabana lights up at night in Rio."

(Ekaterinabelova/Dreamstime )


"The beautiful lights of Rio."


Daily life in São Paulo, Brazil

"Daily life in São Paulo, Brazil."

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"Modern landmark architecture in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

(Helena Ferreira/Dreamstime)


"Olinda is a historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country's northeastern Atlantic coast just north of Recife."

(Luca Roggero/Dreamstime)


"A colorful parrot in Iguazu, Brazil."

(Det-anan Sunonethong/Dreamstime )

Maracana Stadium in Brazil

"Maracana Stadium in Brazil."

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"Copacabana Beach in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf Mountain can be seen in the background. Copacabana is known for Balneario Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world."

(Steve Allen/Dreamstime)


"A beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro, with the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana—Sugar Loaf Mountain is the large rock in the background."

(Hans Magelssen/Dreamstime)


"Palm trees on Copacabana Beach in Rio."



"Ibirapuera Park overlooks the lake and buildings in the city of São Paulo."

(Aurelio Scetta/Dreamstime)


"Riding the gondola high above Rio de Janeiro."



"Young Brazilian surfers walk with their boards towards Arpoador, a popular surf spot."


Iguazu Falls in Brazil

"Iguazu Falls consists of over 275 cascades and is spectacular along a two-mile stretch of the Iguazu River on the border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay."

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Christ the Redeemer statue at sunset

"The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro at sunset."

(Courtesy nanticoke/myBudgetTravel)

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