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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo January 22nd 2008

Stop 1 - Rio de Janeiro Well my journey has just begun. After an interesting jounrey to South America with a slightly delayed flight and the sort of turbulance that you could pay for at a fun fair ride I arrived at the Alpha hostel in Botofogo in Rio. The hostel was nice. There were 9 people in each dorm and 3 sets of 3 tiered bunk beds which apparently is quite unusual. In the evening I met Lisa and Dave from the UK who were actually on the same flight as me. The following day I decided to go with Dave and Lisa to visit Sugar Loaf. Sugar loaf could be accessed via 2 cable cars which we decided to walk to as it looked quite close on the map. The walk ended up being ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo December 12th 2007

Rio de Janiero Day one in Rio, the weather isnt the best, and one of the joys of independent travel is arranging the move on. First item on the agenda is to go to the main bus terminal and book tickets to Sao Paulo and onto Foz de Iguazu. It cost about $20 in the taxi to get to the terminal, and I saw a bus that connected to the Metro, for $2 including a Metro ticket, for the trip back. I have no idea where we went, but I certainly got a good tour of the good and bad parts of Rio, and about 3/4 hr later, when I thought we could have been anywhere, the bus finally stopped at a Metro station. I rode the rails to Copacabana as the weather was fine now. ... read more
Policing Copacabana
Rio Views

Day starts of with the usual - breakfast (the best so far - so many fruits to choose from), shower, pack. Say goodbye to the falls and catch a plane for Rio de Janeiro (TAM airline). Our plane departs at 10:40am and arrives at 12:40 in Rio (roughly 2hr). We find a cab that is so much cheaper than the ones at the arrivals door. The cab take us to Tupiniquim Hostel in Botafogo. We leave after dropping of our bags in search of lunch. Find a lovely little place where we have some soup of the day. Tempers start going out of control as we are lost for ages and nothing on the map matches the streets we are walking along. We walk for ages trying to find a shopping mall and end up tired ... read more
Us two
Iguazu Falls

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

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