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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 27th 2014

Loaded up on the free breakfast from the hostel and rolls made for lunch. (An excellent habit of Brazilian hostels so far). With beautiful blue skies and high temperatures, even at 8.30am, we set off to Sugarloaf mountain. The bus stop was 2 blocks away and the staff at Che Lagarto really helpful with bus numbers. On our short walk to the bus station we passed through a fresh food market selling amazingly fresh fruit, many of which the market sellers offered us to try - the strawberries were delicious. We later found out that another unusual fruit we were given to try was called Cherymoya, or custard apple. Really nice. There were also live crabs on a string, which we dismissed as dead until they started nipping at each other. I would question their storage ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 26th 2014

This is the first blog either of us have ever kept and we'll try to update it when we can. We hope to make it as helpful to people looking to travel South America as possible. After arriving at Heathrow with 2.5hours before the flight left we were left very stressed because the airline refused to allow us to fly without proof we were leaving Brazil within 90 days. We explained our whole trip wouldn't be 90 days and therefore wouldn't require a visa (we checked). We had also booked Machu Pichu in Peru for the end of April again proving we wouldn't be in Brazil, but they wanted confirmed transportation out of Brazil in 90 days. We spent over an hour searching for buses or flights. The flights were really expensive even to the surrounding ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana January 10th 2014

Wednesday 8th January (Odyssey Day 61) We were collected from the hotel by an air-conditioned coach this morning and everyone was thrilled with the alternative transport that we had for the trip to Rio. The scenery was absolutely beautiful on the drive, with stunning views of the mountains out one window and the sea on the other side. It was a really winding drive along the coast. We arrived in to Rio de Janeiro at lunch time, about 1300 and checked in to our 4 star hotel just down the road from Copacabana beach. What more could we possibly want? A walk down the street to the beach was definitely in order. We did hear about Simon’s interesting drive to get here though. Apparently he got caught in a bit of a riot after a peaceful ... read more
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana January 5th 2014

Rio is a legendary place. Just saying the name Copacabana relaxes me and fills my mind with images of beach cabanas, samba music and cocktails. It met all my expectations. Our hotel, Rio Majestic Palace, is between the beach and a steep mountain rock cliff. It’s very nice and there’s a pool on the roof with a great view. We arrived on New Years Eve to clear skies and a mass migration of people in white clothes (to symbolize renewal) walking towards Copacabana. We followed suit with our cachaça (Brazilian fermented sugar cane) and coke in hand. Venders were selling all kinds of food, flowers and hats in the street. There are a few traditions we learned about. One is buying flowers, usually white, and throwing them into the ocean for good luck and to pay ... read more
Copacabana Palace Hotel
Street Art
Maracana Stadium

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana November 9th 2013

After an hour´s delay we finally landed in Rio around 11pm. We jumped in a taxi straight to the hostel and went straight to sleep, it had been a long day and we´d had quite a few vodkas´s on the plane... After a poor nights sleep due to people coming in the room at all hours of the night and turning the lights on we got up early and went down for breakfast. Turns out the standard breakfast in Brazil consists of cake, fruit and some form of bread, and if your lucky a little bit of meat. After breakfast we walked down to Copacabana beach which was only 5 minutes away from our hostel. The beach was fairly quiet as it was so early so we walked to one end, the sun was already shining ... read more
Tijuka Forest Waterfall
View from Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer

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Well we braved the public transport again. Can´t say that our experience what quite so good. The buses just fly and there are hundreds of them. The one we wanted only went every 1/2 hour and the first one flew past in the centre lane so couldn´t stop it. So eventually made it to Sugar Loaf. Unfortunately it was hazy but we are running out of day so just had to go up. Amazing view from the top. Came back and caught the same bus number back. Little did we know that we would get a complete tour of the southern past of Rio before we getting back to our starting point. Don´t suppose I should complain as it only cost $1.50. James and I both knew we weren´t quite in the right spot when we ... read more
Copacabana from Sugar Loaf
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Decide to try and see if we could navigate our way around the city. Caught the bus and metro into the centre of town. We were very lucky to meet several different people who were very helpful. One girl who spoke very good english chatted to us for ages. Said there was to be a protest tonight and that they were expecting 1 million people to attend. Its is over an increase in the transport costs. We caught a bus up to santa teresa looking for the ¨Steps. We walked quite a long way before we found them. We were looking to far up the hill. We then walked down onto the harbouralong to Flemengo.... read more
Step at Santa teresa
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Slept a lot better! The altitude played havock with the sleeping and breathing. Had a great breakfast and the walked along Copocabana beach and back. Its about 4.7 kms so took a while. During the afternoon we hired bikes and rode along Ipanema Beach and around the lake where they are going to hold the rowing for the olympics. The temperature is a pleasant 26-29... read more
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OK, another rapid fire blog post! I've really been slackin' on my blog posts, and since we only have three weeks left on this trip so I figured I had better get my last, very wordy post about our trip cranked out so Sky can start working on our final blog post for our trip! Puerto Natales, Chile After spending a couple of days back in Ushuaia getting my whits about me after Antarctica, Sky and I headed back on the road on our way to Puerto Natales, Chile, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. We were headed there to spend 5 days trekking the famous "W" trail. Thankfully our bus ride to Chile was one of the least eventful bus rides we've had to date! Twelve continuous hours of relatively smooth roads, no ... read more
Starting Off In The Rain
Sky Checking Out Lago And Glacier Grey


Rio, was good, very good; just as well as this (7 days) is the longest we have ever stayed in any one place. We were a little worried at sharing a room in a large apartment with the owner along with the comings an goings of relatives and friends etc. but need not have been; we were made very welcome and very much left to ourselves to come and go as we pleased. There are certainly some fringe benefits from living with a local; you get the good oil on what´s good and not, where to go and not. The location was ideal; (Aproador) squeezed between Copacabana and Ipanema we were spoilt for choice with beaches although they still can´t top those in Aus. We arrived on a weekend with 30+ temps and the beaches very ... read more
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