Our last day in Rio de Janeiro was spent seeing two iconic sites - Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugar Loaf Mountain. I've been looking forward to seeing Cristo Rendentor since we first started planning the trip. I'm not religious, so this wasn't a pilgrimage to the Nossa Senhora Aparecida chapel located under the statue so I can be reborn as a Catholic - I just like big statues.
While it does measure 39.6 metres tall and sits on top of the 700 metre Corcovado mountain it is only the 5th largest Jesus statue in the world but it is the largest statue in the Art Deco style. It was constructed between 1922 and 1931 and made out of a mixture of concrete and soapstone. When you're not fighting the crowd trying to get the perfect picture with you and the Big Guy take a moment to walk around the statue and look down on the breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.
The next day we hopped on a plane and flew to Foz do Iguaçu, a city bordering Argentina that is famous for it's natural wonder - Iguaçu Falls. 80% of the falls are on the Argentine side but (in my opinion) a better and more interactive view (wear a bathing suit!) can be seen on the Brazilian side. Still, if you must see both sides (I did) tours can be arranged from one side to the other rather easily. Southern Africa's Victoria Falls may be the largest curtain of water in the world but Iguaçu's 275 discrete falls and wider main fall offers a breathtaking view that Canada's Niagara Falls can't beat.