Blogs from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana September 11th 2015

So in love with Rio already! Wish we had brushed up on our Portuguese a bit more but getting by on smiles and sign language which makes for a more adventurous time. Brazilians are happy and amazing. Rio is happy and amazing! :)... read more
Photos from every angle
Justin making sure the pool is photographed properly
cab anyone?

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro August 19th 2015

Hi friends, Family and Bloggers, Today we had a long day a head of us travelling to JFK via Sao Paulo. It wasn’t a massive rush in the morning, so we packed up our things, Neil made us scrambled eggs for breakfast, and we eventually checked out around 11.30am. We headed to the bus station where we caught the 2018 bus to the international airport. I went with Jess and James two days ago when they left to make sure we got the correct station and to see how much cash we would need to keep aside for it. It was therefore easy for catching the bus and getting to the airport. We arrived 2 hours before our flight and checked in. The airport is tiny-so we couldn’t get our expensive tester creams and perfume fix. ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo August 18th 2015

Hey People, The priority today was finding a quiet place in the busy hostel for my phone interview with Carnival UK. After a disturbed sleep in our 9-bed dorm by the noisiest snorer I’ve ever had to endure, it wasn’t the best start. I prepared a few notes in the morning before I set the laptop up in the common room in preparation for the phone call. It seemed to be louder than usual in the common room today, which is just my luck, so Neil asked the reception if there was a spare room available to sit in that could still pick up the Internet connection. There was so; I moved the laptop into the room 10 minutes into the call. Anyway after an hour of trying to find every slither of sales experience I ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 15th 2015

Bonjour People, We feel we have seen the main attractions in Rio now, so we are generally just chilling for the next 5 days before we start on the next big trip around the USA. So today we had another relaxing morning at the hostel. I started putting some notes together for my interview, we casually looked at houses for sale in Southampton, Neil’s been in contact with people from work too and we watched a few Grimm episodes throughout the morning too. We had that amazing salad for lunch again too. About 3pm we decided to walk to the Copacabana shopping streets but we got a bit lost because there are huge hills dotted over the city, which limits your access around streets. So whilst trying to walk around this one hill we ended up ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro August 14th 2015

Oi, Today we thought we’d have a relaxing day at the Impanema Beach. So Neil and I caught the metro there, which is a 5 minute walk from the hostel, then a 10 minute journey, then another 10 minute walk to the beach. It’s a bit of a mission but it’s a better beach that the one by our hostel and better than Copacabana beach. Though saying that, we would consider ourselves beach snobs now, and the beaches around Rio really don’t compare many we have been too! The water is to rough and dirty to enter, and the sand has that dirty-sticky feel to it, but we stayed for a few hours sunbathing and then headed back to the hostel via the super market to pick up the cheap ingredients for an avocado, blue cheese ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro August 13th 2015

Hi All, Today we went on a full day tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Maracana Stadium, Christ the Redeemer, Sambadrome (Rio Carnival strip), Saô Sebastião Cathedral, beach tour, and a buffet lunch. We booked up through the hostel for approx. £40, we thought it would have come close to this cost if we were to have done each attraction by ourselves, and it was stress free and we had an English tour guide. Our first stop was Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is a peak that lies at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and rises 396m/1299ft above the harbor. The tour included the two cable cars that took us up for panoramic views of the city. People can opt to just do the first cable car, if you go by your self, but the views are much ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro August 11th 2015

Hi Followers, So our first day in Rio, we started by looking at all the tours available, and whether it would be cheaper to do them on our own or on a tour. We worked out there was not much in it and the tour would explain everything and have the added history so we decided on the full day tour including Sugar loaf and Chris the redeemer with a few other things included. We booked it for a few days time. We walked to Botafogo beach today, which was a 5min walk, it was nice but the water was dirty as the yacht club was there so they had emptied out the bilges and all the engine oil so we decided to walk to Copacabana. We walked through the traffic tunnels to get to Copacabana ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro August 10th 2015

Hello All, So today we had an 1100 o’clock bus to Rio booked up online. In the morning we updated our phones, had our free breakfast, made chicken and cheese toasties to take with us for lunch then checked out. The couple we did the walking tour with were heading to Rio as well so we all walked to the Metro station then got the Metro to the bus station. It was only 8 stops on the metro so we got there about 1000, this turned out to be a good thing because when we checked our E-tickets it never said which company to go to, to get the tickets. After asking every company in English and bad Spanish we finally got our tickets and made the bus at 1100. It was 6 hours to Rio ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro June 11th 2015

We arrive in Rio de Janeiro yesterday and settledinto our hotel The Windsor Excelsior right on Cocobana Beach. Several of us took at tour to see the FAVELA's. There are 1200 favels in this city of 12 million. One million people live in the favels. These are the homes of the very, very poor. It was very facinating, emotional, insightful to see how these people live. It explained the social and political differences of the very poor. One house is built on another up the sides of the hill. They pay no money to the state. Water is delivered and stored in blue buckets on the roof. They have electricity provided by the government. They work, go to school, live and socialize in these communities. It was shattering to see but very informative. Our tour lasted ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty June 10th 2015

Wednesday 10th June 2015 Parati, sometimes spelt Paraty and pronounced Parachi, is a well-preserved Portuguese colonial town, in the south of the state of Rio in the “Parque Nacional da Serra Bocaina” (the Bocaina National Park). Building regulations are severely strict, resulting in a completely unspoilt environment, with lethal cobbled streets, artisan craft shops and a wonderful winter tropical climate; it would be somewhat harsher in the summer. The rainforest-clad mountains reach down to palm fringed beaches where horses bathe in the water beside fishermen stringing their nets. It is a little piece of paradise, or as the Brazilians would say, “um paraiso”. The only thing lacking, in our opinion, is good food. South America just does not seem to have the culinary skills found in Europe or Asia. Here in Brazil everything is served with ... read more
Another Catholic church down a pretty cobbled street
Another church beside the canal
Traditional transport

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