Blogs from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America - page 4

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My last stop in South America - Rio! I didn't do an awful lot here as I had no money. I arrived on a Saturday afternoon which meant I couldn't get more money until Monday! A guy at my hostel asked if I wanted to go to Copacabana beach for sunset so I thought why not. When we arrived, I was a little disappointed. Copacabana- there is a song written about this place so it had to be amazing! Hmmm, I've seen better. Think its appeal is that it is right next door to the shops and the town and people play sport on the beach all day long. Nothing to shout about in my opinion. We went to find a typical Brazilian dish and I was shocked to see how much more money I would ... read more


1. Stopp: Rio Die letzte Woche in Brasilien, die erste Woche ohne Begleitschutz und 30 Personen im Schlepptau. Es ist toll, wenn man mal einfach machen kann, worauf man Lust hat. So geschehen in Rio, wo wir in 2,5 Tagen einen Streifzug quer feldein wagen. Begonnen haben wir mit Santa Teresa, Künslerviertel: viele Bars, Restaurants und Hipster. Weiter am nächsten Tag: Pão de Açúcar erst einmal am Morgen. Die beiden Seilbahnfahrten von 0 auf 395 m bieten einen gewagten und ungewöhnlichen Blick runter auf beide Strände, Copacabana und Ipanema. Während ersterer eher bei den Touris beliebt ist, gehört der zweite eher den Locals. Macht aber nichts, beide Strände sind toll. Soviel kann schon mal gesagt sein. Der Acucar ist wider Erwarten relativ leer. Mit uns ist nur Gruppe 32 und 39 von irgendeinem grossen Ozeandampfer mit ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca March 20th 2014

Reflections on Rio I’ve spent my last week in Brazil lunching, beaching and generally pottering around. I’ve been shopping, drunk juices, whiled away long afternoons in pubs eating pastries, lay on the beach doing nothing, drunk juice, negotiated the postal system and generally spent a bit of time observing the cariocas at play. I’ve also drunk a fair bit of juice. I’m now on my way to Argentina and I’m really, really, really excited. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had a wonderful time in Brazil. It is a beautiful city, full of very patient and generous people but after a month here, I’m ready to move to the next stop. I’ll be staying in an area of Buenos Aires called Palermo. It’s a very safe (yes Dad, safe)area with a lot of restaurants, cafes and shopping. ... read more
Jardim Botanico
A pink dragon fly I spent 20minutes trying to photograph...


Sunday – Mar. 2/14, Rio de Janeiro – Distance sailed to this point 5,844 nm – Temperature 24°C-75°F – Cloudy and rain – possibility of thunder storms Portuguese explorers led by Amerigo Vesppucci reached Rio de Janeiro –(River of January) in January 1501. The expedition thought that the Bay of Guanabara was actually the mouth of a river, hence the name Rio de Janeiro meaning “January River”. The current city of 6-7 million is best known for its celebration of Carnaval, the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It is also know for its ever-spreading areas of poverty & crime, within the favelas. The government is trying to cl... read more
Christ the Redeemer in daylight
Bridge across the bay & oil rig
Sugar Loaf

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

My 4 weeks of travel and cultural delights have finally commenced....and equipped with my one Portuguese word "obrigado" i.e. thank you I am on my way to Rio! Flights from Edinburgh via Amsterdam with KLM were pleasant enough, managed to catch up on some much needed sleep. My first thought on arriving is that I have no idea how the Brazilians are going to cope with the football world cup? It took us (aprox 400) in excess of 1.5 hrs to get through immigration and then another 30 mins to get money out of an ATM. But this is Brazil as I am constantly being reminded....funny how a day later and I am already loving this chilled out laid back pace of live.... Oh and the BBC weather got it wrong the temperature is not between ... read more
rubbish and carnival has not yet started
token headdress for my first street party
lots of graffiti

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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


Blocos From what I’ve seen so far, I’ve decided that Carnival is just Schoolies Week on crack. I've seen a lot of teenagers running around drunk and half naked. It’s a really positive vibe, but if I’m honest, it’s not really my scene. Give me a quiet beach or a hike any day. I know, it’s really sad to say - but it’s true. I’ve been to a few bloco parties…some by mistake and one on purpose. A bloco party is a street party where people walk behind a float playing loud music. There were literally thousands of people at the ones I’ve seen. Police close down the streets and everyone floods in. I danced and walked in the first few I saw, but today I stood to the side and watched it all pass by. ... read more
People, people, everywhere...
Feijoada - not for the faint hearted
View of Christo from the Jardim Botanico

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 21st 2014

Another weekend spent in Rio this month, and this time the parents joined me on my trip which was amazing! Got to play tour guide for them, starting on the first night with couple caprihana's at the beach hut across the road. The dude who works there recognised me from last week, not sure if this is a good thing! My dad stuck to cerveza but the stepmum tried a caprihana, nearly blew her head off at first but you grow to love them. Wasn't too late a night, up next morning to explore. We were going to do a tour through the hotel just for convenience but was fully booked so we braved it ourselves. Got public bus to Copacabana Beach, then walked over to Sugarloaf mountain. Words can't describe how stunning this place is. ... read more
Some entertainment at dinner
Stunning scenery
Up Sugarloaf Mountain

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 19th 2014

The brazilian folk we have met/encountered have been really friendly and welcoming, and one of the highlights of the trip was getting to go along to a birthday party of a girl in a 'real' Brazilian neighbourhood. I had my reservations at first and the journey was an absolute nightmare but it all worked out in the end. Gary had a friend of a friend out there who he had met up with and thats how we got the invitation, so I said why not. I didnt really know what i was going to but in the spirit of travelling agreed. To say it was a trek would be an understatement! After a metro and a bus, Gary took us off at the wrong stop. I should probably add here that before we got off, the ... read more
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