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From Sao Paulo we flew 40 minutes to Rio de Janeiro.
For all four of us coming back to Rio confirmed to us that it still remained our favourite Brazilian city and one of best places we have been to on this whole trip.
For Chrissy and Josh this would be their last day as that evening they had a flight out to Panama.
For us …
... was a breeze even in a group of 10. We obviously booked to stay in Copacabana as it is an iconic place we had all heard of, but the areas south of the Copacabana (called Ipanema and Leblon) are actually much nicer. The favoured residence for the young and wealthy cariocas (residents of Rio), it is full of upmarket eateries & tree lined avenues. The beach was also just as good as Copacabana - just watch where you walk our you might end up in the gay section. We particularly liked ...
... with me. Maybe because of the Olympics/World Cup the city is safer or maybe I am just a more seasoned traveller. Whatever the reason Rio is amazing and I wish we had had more time. Also personally for me Santa Teresa seems like the best place to stay. Yes it is not near the beach but you are in the real city watching the locals go about their daily chores. The beaches are only 15 mins away on the metro. Leblon area was nice and safe but you could be anywhere in the world.
... headland, where you could look back across the beach - I didn't do that last time, so it was a new view. It was about a 5km walk there and back, so at least I walked off some of my breakfast!!
But now, it's just about relaxing - it's a perfect temperature to sit out and just admire that view!!
Its now evening and I'm in bed; ...
... melted chocolate sauce. I must admit that cake is not normally the top of my breakfast menu, but considering it is a Brazilian tradition, and 'when in Rome' and all that, we decided that it had to be done.
We then travelled using the metro to the gorgeous Ipanema beach, stopping at a small flea market on the way. Ipanema was extremely beautiful and much calmer compared to the crazy Copacabana, and we spent our morning sunbathing (it was 28 ...