Blogs from Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America - page 9


First day of sigtseeing today and took the cable car trip up sugar loaf mountain. Weather was good and gave some amazing views of Rio from the top (even saw some sort of monkey sat in a tree at the top). In the afternoon we went to Santa Theresa, a hilltop part of Rio famous for its Colonial houses, musicians & artists. Best part was riding an old open-sided tram for 20 minutes to get to the top, with kids just using it as a toy and jumping on and off. Scariest was when we got to a bridge that goes 30 metres above a busy main road, and the kids ran along the top of the bridge on top of the railings next to the tram. ... read more

...A kitten with a sore leg! Anyways...Campo Grande, the capital of the area from which you can enter the Pantanal - an area of forest so varied in wildlife and ecosystems, over such a small area that exciting times are promised to lie ahead. We booked on a tour and still with Jimmy and Kev, headed off, eventually after we got the bus got going by us pushing it down a ramp, then re-fuelling it the engine still going so it wouldn't stall again. Hmmmmm. This is a break down of what happened over those few days... Night one of camp; Watched the sun go down over the jungle. It was like one of those African safari docos, where the sun races down over the horizon and you assume they´ve speeded it up. No. Tis ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo March 28th 2007

We left London Heathrow at 10pm and finally arrived in Rio at 8am local time after an unexpected stop-over at Sao Paulo. On attempting to board the bus we discovered they would only accept Brazilian Reals and not the US Dollars that we had exchanged. A kind man directed us to cash machines on the top floor, only to find out they were in portuguese only and didn't accept our cards. Our second thought was to find a bank to exchange our money but these did not open till later in the day. We ended up exchanging 20 pounds with a porter at the airport who actually gave us a better rate than exchanging in England! After about 3 hours of walking around the airport with our backpacks we boarded the bus to our hostel. The ... read more
Christ The Redeemer
Botafogo Beach
Sugar Loaf Mountain

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo March 10th 2007

Hi everyone, Well i´m actually in Buenos Aires now, but thought i´d pretend i´m writing this in Rio just in case there´s some whizzy map which shows my route on this website. I´ve just been in Rio for the last 4 days, but somehow seems a lot longer. That´s a good thing though. Trip here was uneventful, except that a) BA lost my carry mat , b) rather confusingly I had to change in Sao Paulo, even though my plane from London was continuing on to Rio - some ticketing mix up which meant a frantic dash (well actually 30 min wait in a queue) through customs, a charge up to departures brandishing ticket, only to discover I´d got the time difference an hour wrong and actually had plenty of time. Oh well. The only other ... read more
Kid on beach, Rio
Me on Corcovado


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 25th 2007

Hi all, Hope you enjoyed the photos from Argentina, apparently the website has stopped letting you know when we have updated the blog but we are still updating it - so keep checking! Had a fantastic 6 days in Rio, stayed in a great hostel in Botafogo, five minutes from Copacabana and close to Santa Teresa and Lapa (our favourite place to go at night!) We arrived in Rio on the first day of the Carnival so we jumped in head first and arrived right in the middle of all the madness! We were greeted by ´Bloco´s´(the street parties) going on everywhere every day but we managed to get tickets to the Sambadrome which is the epitomy of the carnival. We were in section 6 which was the cheapest section and absolutely packed but the floats, ... read more
The parade at the Sambadrome
Sambadrome Parade
Us at the statue of Christ

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 20th 2007

Wow what a party much going on all over the place and most of it in the streets - brilliant cheap fun!! we finally found a bloco on sunday... a gathering of people in the street, dancing and singing with drums banging and stereos blasting the chosen samba tune...this one was Que marde e essa? - What shit is this? Ha - was a political one aimed at Bush and Blair! went with Sal and Matt and met some random Brazilian girls and a brazilian in white speedos - they are everywhere we realised after that - not a pretty sight!! we went to carnival that night with the girls from the hostel - Keely and Lauren and two swede guys - good crowd. the carnival was awesome...but a little tiring especially after dancing for ... read more
Christ The Redeemer
A day drinking with the Portuguese

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 16th 2007

Hey guys, I promised I'd try to make them short but I don't think I can. If you don't read it - I won't be offended! Rio is amazing! It's taken me a few days to get used to it and relax a little (but not too much dad) but I'm loving it here! My hotel does not look like it does on the internet... It's an area that is described as up and coming! So in Rio that translates as buzzing but don't walk around on your own at night! To be fair that applies anyway in Rio. I've been spending most of my time with guys I met on the plane Matt and Henry - didn't know each other either. Both really nice and looked out for me in the airport when I went ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 16th 2007

Zo daar ben ik weer in Rio. Na een nachtje bussen ben ik in het Green Hostel om 5.30u aangekomen. Dit is het hostel dat ik in september al had gereserveerd voor de Carnaval. Na een paar uurtjes slapen ben ik naar Centro gereisd om met Will (van Ouro Preto) de Lonely Planet wandeling te doen. Helaas was ik in alle haast mijn camera vergeten, dus geen foto´s van deze ochtend. We hebben daar om te beginnen het museum bezocht. Daarna het park, de Cathedraal en de markt. Verder was het dus gewoon een flinke wandeling. Wel heel relaxed want je proeft altijd enorm de sfeer als je door een stad loopt. In de middag hebben we de suikerberg bezocht nadat we bij mijn hostel mijn camera hadden opgehaald. Vanaf Botafogo is dat 45 minuten lopen. ... read more
Suikerberg het bewijs

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 15th 2007

Rio hit us yesterday....we landed and it finally sunk in that we were far far away!!! It was been awesome and not as busy or scary as we imagined! we were tucked up in bed quite early last night after hours of flying bt managed to squeeze in some essential beach time at copacabana - awesome!!...but am pink already!! The sights are amazing - lovely long beaches with random mountaineous sights in the background - beautiful!! we had a active start this morn and managed to go for a run along the beach and did some sit ups in a lil made up weight centre on the beach front - a mini muscle beach!! well funny. We have been up to Santa Theresa today and then went for some traditional brazilian food and a coriachipanha (or ... read more

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