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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 8th 2014

7:30am alarm call, 8:35 meet at the Sheraton Hotel across the road; we we're off to see where and how 1.2 million of Rio's population live today. After our slight misdemeanour the other day, we thought we'd view a favela guided this time. 8:40 we were greeted by our local guide Ricardo (who had a suspicious New York accent!) who collected us and put us on board the mini bus we were going to be travelling around in for the morning. Thinking we might be the only ones, or maybe with another couple or two, it came as a bit of a shock to hop in the bus to find 8 stereotypical slightly elderly yanks! It struck us then..."This is not going to be quite what we were hoping for". More saga holidays than City of ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 6th 2014

Another day and another lazy morning, oh how things went somewhat different from this point on. We headed down to Leblon as usual to catch a bus, this time over to Novo Rio bus terminal to buy our tickets out of Rio later this week. Our intended bus zoomed straight past in typical Rio style without stopping! Instead of waiting in the sweltering heat for another 20 minutes, we begrudgingly hoped onto the next bus headed for Rio Central (nearby our original target destination). Once we arrived we decided to sack off going to find the Bus Station and head straight to find the apparently fabulous Escadaria Selaron steps (Mainly so Rich could pretend to be Snoop dogg in the video 'beautiful' for a brief moment). With map in hand and the location of the steps ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 5th 2014

After such an early start yesterday, today we decided to treat ourselves to a lie in (8am). We did our usual pre departure routine of packing the back pack with 3 litres of frozen water bottles 4 sun creams and our towels and headed off for a morning on our local beach. A couple of hours later, after our ice blocks had melted and been drunk we decided we had had enough of the sun and headed back up to the apartment for a quick shower and to get ready for the afternoon. Freshened up and back pack reloaded, we headed off to Urca area of Rio...the home to Sugarloaf Mountain. Things once again went surprisingly smoothly getting there and as we wanted to see sunset from the top we quickly realised we had some serious ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 4th 2014

After watching the sunset last night, we were up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise and to beat the crowds at Christ the Redeemer. 6.30am and it was already boiling. To our amazement we managed to find the right bus to take us to the ticket office. The train ride up is steep with spectacular views, stopping of at a few view points along the way. Once we got off, it was just a few steps up to the foot of the statue. At first we were relatively surprised at the few others who had made it up before us...it didn't take long until we were engulfed by hundreds of other photo hungry tourists vying for the best spot to pose in the obligatory 'arms out pose'. After managing to squeeze a few ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 3rd 2014

After a good nights sleep we got up, still a little bleary eyed we pulled back the curtains to one spectacular view from our bedroom window and terrace. We decided to use our first day to do a quick shop and explore the famous beaches of Rio; Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. It somewhat came to prove we underestimated the enormity of the beaches and ended up walking for hours in the baking heat. We arrived back 2 red faced gringos and Richards feet were blistered to sh*t. Lesson learnt...buses from now on.... read more

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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon January 2nd 2014

After a long, boozy flight we finally arrived in Rio, around 7.15pm. As the sun was setting we thought we would grab our bags and just get a taxi to our apartment. Of course, things are never that easy. Organisation at immigration was abysmal and we were left waiting in an extremely hot corridor, surrounded by 4 flights worth of sweaty, agitated passengers. After a dehydrating 2 hour wait we were finally through. After the long wait, our bags were there waiting for us, so we picked them up and hoped in the first cab we could get in a bid of desperation to get to out beds ASAP. Quoted 105 reals, it was no real surprise when in a very broken exchange of words and hand signals the driver decided he wanted another 20 reals ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon November 2nd 2012

The Favela tour yesterday was an eye opening experience. We were taken to Rochina, or 'little farm', which is the largest Favela in Rio. The favela covers a square kilometer on a steep hill and is home to approximately 70,000 people. There were shots taken here for Fast Five and The Incredible Hulk. There were a few of us that went from the hostel, in total there was 15 of us in the group. We were picked up at the hostel and driven to the bottom of the Favela. Rather than having us drive around in the van the guides set up the tour so that we each jump on the back of a motorbike taxi which takes us to the top of the hill. This was to give us a better feel of the place, ... read more
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Samba kids
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon April 15th 2012

Iguazu falls, Argentinian and Brazilian sides.... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon April 6th 2012

La topographie de Rio la rend unique : une grande baie très découpée, des collines très proches de la côte, qui obligent une partie les habitations à se construire à flanc et determinent les quartiers (Flamengo, Botafogo, Santa Teresa, Lapa etc), des forêts tropicales en pleine ville, dont la plus grande forêt urbaine du monde (forêt contenue dans la circonférence du centre), et bien sûr des plages (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon etc). On ajoute la statue du Christ Rédempteur au sommet d’un morro (nom des collines ici), un téléphérique au sommet d’un autre qui rappelle un pain de sucre, et on a une ville de beaucoup de caractère… Rio est une ville où l’on peu aller voir un match de football à Maracana le mercredi, sortir le reste de la semaine, aller à la plage le dimanche ... read more
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Rio D2 - Ipanema (43)
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Leblon February 21st 2012

So we are a week into our 8 month holiday and already it feels like we have done so much. Rio is beautiful and the people are fantastic. We have visited most of the must do sights in Rio including Sugarloaf mountain, the christ statue, flavellas and today we have just been hang-gliding over the city which was fantastic. As for our canival experience we have been to a street party in Ipanema and visited the Sambadrome yesterday which was unforgetable the floats and dancers were beautifully decorated. Rio is a very laid back area with parties on the beach everyday as people being to wake up the party starts and seems to go on till midnight with a people walking past in a variety of costumes starting with babies in nappies to rabbits and men ... read more




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