Sunny Rio May 11th 2010 We left Bariloche and headed north into very hot and sunny Brazil. We landed in Rio de Janeiro around lunchtime and hopped on a bus out to Ipanema which was the area we had decided to stay in as it has an amazing beach and is apparently one of the safer spots. On the bus from the airport we got our first glimpse of a favela which are the slums / shanty towns which cover much of the Rio area.
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro Following three centuries under the rule of Portugal, Brazil became an independent nation in 1822. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil overcame more than half a century of military intervention in the governance of t... ... read more