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... served by an old-style tram, but after a fatal accident a few years ago, the council in Rio suspended the service and replaced it with a couple of interim bus services. It’s clear that the locals don’t like them, and really want a safe version of their tram back, but the council wants to put in a cheaper, modern version. I can see the locals’ point – the old style tram was the last of its kind in Rio, and added a lot of character to the area, but ...
Wow, what a mad ride! We began the day exploring the stairs at St Teresa's as Roxy had suggested to do. It was amazing and well worth it! We left our hotel and tried to catch the metro, but it was closed. An off duty doctor helped us find our way, she even tuned the bus driver up to drop us off the correct place. Getting over to stairs was a pilgrimage in itself. Our bus was filled to capacity with pilgrims trying to get to Central to ...
After 6 overnight buses in Argentina and Chile we thought we were clued up about what to expect from South American bus companies. Unfortunately we were proven wrong after spending 25 hours on a bus to Rio with only two packets of biscuits and an apple each to keep us going. Thankfully the stench of the overheated bus toilet meant that we had absolutely no appetite whatsoever. Our first experience of ...
... most prefereable were the cable cars. The second was to climb up the side of the mountain. Thanks but no thanks. I'll take option number one! There are actually two sets of cable cars. The first gets you to the peak of Pão de Açúcar Mountain and the second to the top of the Morro da Urca Mountain. Again the views are spectacular.
... up a samba band on the way, so all of the older passengers got up and danced in the aisles. The views from the top were nice, but it was a bit cloudy so it wasn't as spectacular as we had hoped (especially compared to Sugar Loaf on the previous day).
On our final full day we went to Lapa to see the Escadaria de Selaron, a staircase decorated in brightly coloured tiles from all over the world. Again, we were joined by a samba band, so had some cool ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center