Blogs from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 21st 2015

Parque Nacional da Tijuca is one of the worlds largest urban forests. The park is 15 square miles and is home to countless species of plants, birds and mammals. The park also has waterfalls and is a peaceful escape from the city. We hired a private guide to take us for a hike in the forest. We used Trips in Rio,, Alexandre Ghiggino was our guide. There are no public buses that go to the park so you need to rent a car or take a tour. The trails are not marked so a guide keeps you from getting lost. Be sure to bring water and a snack if you go on a hike. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the park. We stopped to take pictures at a ... read more
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Waterfall - drought year

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 18th 2015

Rio de Janeiro- Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Carnaval We are still in the tropics. 22 degrees south of the equator. Hot, hot, hot 90 degrees and almost 100% humidity. Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnaval (Carneval, Carnival, Carnivaal…take your pick of spelling depending on the country ;-). The streets are filled with people in amazing costumes heading off to the beaches and parks where the Samba Bands from the various schools will be playing tonight. We are people with a purpose today. With only 2 days in Rio, we want to see the most iconic places; Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, the beaches and of course eat some great food! Rio is a city of contrasts. There are beautiful new skyscrapers and terrible slum areas snaking up into the mountains. There are amazingly ... read more
Aquaduct through Rio
Sugarloaf 1
View from Sugarloaf

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 16th 2015

Beautiful sunrise as we entered the harbour of Rio, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer hit you in the face, a spectacular site from the water, Christ the Redeemer just sitting above the cloud, like it is floating! Breaky early and head out into the thousands for the last day of carnivale, 3 street parties to go to!! First one on Ipanema Beachfront, fantastic costumes and music and dancing, then onto a more suburban one, could hardy move! Last one was the best - Brazilians sure know how to party - doesn't matter how big! - those bodies just shake and dance! Millions of litres of beer consumed in Rio today!! Then headed out to Copacabana beach for dinner at a Churasscaria restaurant, absolutely stuffed full of lovely meats bought to our table and carved in ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 16th 2015

We got to Rio by bus from Angra dos Reis. We rented a one bedroom apartment from Where In a Rio, Jasper Veelentors was the person who helped us, he can be contacted at Where in Rio rents apartments and villas. Our apartment normally rents for around $150.00 per day but is more expensive during Carnival. You can find cheaper hotels and hostels but it is best to reserve early. Our apartment is in Arpoador, it is the area between Ipanema and Copacabana. We are two blocks from Ipanema beach and two blocks from Copacabana beach so we liked this location. The areas that are nicest in order of most upscale to least but still good to stay in are Leblon, Ipanema, Arpoador and last Copacabana. I would stay in these areas. The beachs ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande February 12th 2015

We are in Florianoplis and want to head to Ilha Grande. There are no direct buses. We talk to several bus companies and compare schedules. We decide to go to Rio then catch a bus to Angra Dos Reis. The bus leaves at 12:30 pm and is due to arrive at 6:30 am, which gives us time to eat and catch the 8:00 am bus to Angra Dos Reis. Another option would have been to go to Sao Paulo then onto Angra Dos Reis. The Sao Palo bus would have gotten us to Ilha Grande later so we decide on Rio. This bus is full, your seats are assigned, you choose your seats when you buy your ticket. They give us a small bag of potato chips and a few pieces of candy and nothing to ... read more

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

6 février 2015 - Jour 112 On quitte Florianopolis ce matin un peu déçus de ne pas avoir pu profiter des plages à cause de la pluie. Espérons que ce sera mieux à Rio pour la visite de la ville et surtout qu'on aura du soleil pour nos ultimes jours de plage sur la côte! Donc aujourd'hui, nous embarquons pour notre dernier long trajet de 20h en bus de nuit. Bon, nous le prenons à 12h30 mais ça reste un bus de nuit. J'ai eu très peur sur le début du trajet car le chauffeur conduisait super mal, du genre à accélérer hyper fort pour planter sur les freins juste après. 20h d'une conduite comme ça, c'est pénible, surtout quand t'es sensé dormir. Mais heureusement, on a changé de chauffeur vers 18h et on a tout ... read more
Le Maracana
Le match

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro January 23rd 2015

Zu Fuß durch die Innenstadt von Rio de Janeiro ist auch so ein Erlebnis. Es ist stickig, hektisch, voll und vor allem laut. Phantastisch! Architektonisch gibt es einiges zu sehen, nicht immer hübsch, aber sehr interessant. Die Handschrift Oscar Niemeyers ist unschwer zu erkennen. Muss man mögen. Aber faszinierend allemal!... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro January 22nd 2015

Wow, where to begin?! Rio has the nickname ‘the marvelous city’ and it really is incredible. We’d decided to spend about a week here and could’ve easily spent another; it has so much to offer! Staying with our tour group near Centro Historico we did another self-guided walking tour in the Centre of downtown. Though it was a little eerie walking around the deserted streets of Centro on a weekend. It gave a post-apocalyptic feeling with barely any people around but rubbish everywhere. Nevertheless, we took in the sights and stumbled across a bustling art deco patisserie where we bought Portuguese custard tarts for sustenance ;) finishing the tour in an old, narrow passageway that would have been appealing enough just to look at, we found a café with live music and enjoyed an hour of ... read more
Spending a Sunday morning with JC (Cristo Redentor)
Another Rio landmark: the mosaic staircase 'Escadaria Selarón'
Tourist-ing it up with the famous landmark of Sugarloaf (Pão do Açúcar)

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo January 21st 2015

...sagte ein Herr aus England in der Gruppe der heutigen Tagestour. Wenn man eine bucket list hat, ist das sicherlich richtig. So oder so ist es ganz schön großartig auf dem Corvocado neben dem großen Mann aus Beton zu stehen und über die Stadt zu schauen. Vor allem wenn man bedenkt, dass ca. 10 Minuten nachdem wir da waren, der Berg in Wolken verschwand und den ganzen Tag nicht mehr zu sehen war... Leider - und da war ich sehr enttäuscht, waren doch einige Engländer dabei - wollte niemand mit mir die legendäre Szene aus Moonraker am Zuckerhut nachstellen. read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Ipanema January 21st 2015

Ich hätte dieses Land nicht verlassen können ohne den Schauplatz eines der großartigsten Lieder, die je geschrieben wurden, zu besuchen. Wer einen Ohrwurm braucht - bitteschön: read more

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