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Travel Blogs from Rio de Janeiro
Of all of the cities I would be visiting, I was most wary of Rio de Janeiro. That being said, once I arrived I found that the increased police presence (almost on every street corner) put my fears at bay. I feel like I was able to see many of the major tourists spots in Rio, but venturing outside this bubble of tourism wouldn't be possible on this trip.
Day 1: After walking down Ipanema beach, we pointed our noses towards the Museum ...
... East and the Maracana to the North).
We headed back down and our driver took us to another view spot below the Statue which had some more amazing views. Rio de Janeiro is named by the Portuguese who thought (when they landed) that the bay was a river and they landed in January – hence the name.
Next stop was the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. This is a fascinating place, one of the original areas of Rio de Janeiro and now an artist/bohemian ...
... when we could take photos, rubbish and dog poo all over the floor and open sewers. Houses were stacked on top of each other and there were piles of rubbish where they had fallen. We even saw teenagers with guns in their belts and were rushed through certain areas notorious for drug pick ups. Although we were ushered into various shops and had to donate small change at various points it was well worth it for the experience. In ...
... the two iconic beaches of Cocacobana and Ipanima complete with rough seas, sand castle artists, young men doing pull ups and a few surfers and swimmers. We had expected to see raging poverty, favelas and street children, but the way we drove did not reveal much of any of these, but we know it's there. We saw where the carnival happens every year 14 days before Easter, the lagoons that dot the city and plush residential areas. Arriving at ...
... falls are over 3 km wide, and because there has been a fair amount of rain, a tourists delight! - well this tourist anyhow. And still there is more, we took a boat trip into the falls, with the driver ducking us under the water. Wet, wet, wet. NOTHING was dry. guess when they gave us a heavy waterproof bag to put our belongings in was a fair indication of just how wet it would be. It was like having someone pouring buckets of ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility