Gaivota Barra Hotel
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... to wonder why the rest of the group weren't at breakfast so asked the time...whoops
We went on a tour of a Favela which is a slum area in Rio, we went to the largest one in Rio called Rocinha , it is hard to know its exact population but 69,000 was the last census (although it is thought to be 100-300 thousand) they are squashed into a 0.86 square miles on a steep rugged landscape, the little shanties are stacked up ...
... to worry as there will be plenty of opportunities to see that view before we leave. Jamie and Tony were in a different hostel to the other three of us, with Junior Lewis, Matt and I staying in the well-regarded Botafogo area. Although we couldn't confirm that as we made our way in the taxi, we could at least see Christ the Redeemer lit up in the distance. In Botafogo we stayed in the Samba Green hostel and had a very unique room arrangement. As ...
We flew to Rio in the morning and landed comfortably in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we had to check our bags on this flight and consequently experienced that terrifying wait at baggage claim before your luggage flops onto the conveyer belt. Sara's bag got lost last summer on the way to Italy so now she'll never trust bag check again nor will she ever be able to relax at baggage claim. Her bag was found, by the way, but that's not really the point. It took us ...
... quite small but up close he looks hugely impressive. He is iconic of Brazil and especially Rio and it is easy to see why. The views from the top of the hill are equally amazing. The city and all its beaches and islands glimmered in the sun and from here there is no difference between the poor and rich areas.
On the way down we stopped to look at Santa Terresa, another favela snaking up the hill slopes filling up any and ...
... with plenty of resources, oil, gas and minerals. A hugely expanding tourist trade. Low unemployment with education and healthcare well resourced for all. They seem to want to work hard and take opportunities. Will be interesting to see what happens here in the future. Unlike Argentina which is struggling in every way. Left Rio on Mini bus to Paraty, took us hours to clear Rio suburbs, mile upon mile of favelas poor Shabby districts where the majority if the city live. Once clear of Rio ...