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 for some unapparent reason! After a couple of heart stopping moments meandering through some very dodgy looking areas with some more than dubious looking local characters hanging around, we eventually arrived at Estudio Mares where we were greeted by the lovely Ludmilla. Quick tour off the place and we were off to sleep 😴 zzzzzzz!