Mercure Apartments Rio De Janeiro Leblon
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Date: Tues 5 Oct
Finally made it to Rio 2 days late! Arrived in Buenos Aires Sat on time but we were then refused our next flight because the airline staff didn't believe that our visa for Brazil was valid. Couldn't talk them around so we had an enforced 2 day layover until the Brazil consulate opened on Monday.
A quick fix ensued …
... in the rain so I was glad I had my raincoat with me. When we got off the train I had to climb up many steps. I know Nicholas knows how many I walked up! I was very lucky to have the clouds clear for a couple of minutes so that I could see Rio down below. I got a photo taken of me in front of the big Jesus holding the class photo. After getting quite wet I was glad to go back down the mountain. We ...
... in such close quarters, so I called it a night early, took some Advil and Tums, and hoped for the best.
Wednesday (July 10th): Luckily, I woke up this morning feeling great! I´m so glad I didn´t have anything serious, it really sucks to be sick on a trip like this (and when you´re not home... even getting sick in Ann Arbor wasn´t fun, much less Rio!). At around 9 this morning we headed out to the Centro (downtown) of Rio - about 30 ...
... late- no announcement or explanation. Not Argentine airlines this time but a Brazilian one. Got here safely however but with not even one smile from the crew. The choice of drink on the 2 hour flight was coke or water. Not even sprite or sparkling water. The driver was waiting for us and we arrived at the hotel at about 9. It is fine but the room is very small. I think we were spoilt at the ...
... with the movie "City of God" will understand what I am talking about. (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnd2z 5_city-of-god-2002-official-trailer-hd_ shortfilms#.Ubcrscu9KSM) A "favela" is a shanty town/suburb located amidst a bigger city. Often made up of poor citizens, many who have moved from the countryside to the city looking for a better quality of life. We went to a favela called Rocinha, which is now an "urbanised slim" FAST FACTS ROCINHA Means "little farm" as it used to ...
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We chose to stay in Leblon as we wanted to get away from the major tourist centre in Copacabana. The apartments were very good, well maintained with a rooftop pool.
The surrounding area had some good food places (which were all relatively expensive, but that's Rio). One of the best was a bistro-type place just around the corner - good food and only about $30/head.
Views from the rooftop were excellent and access to the beach was about a 5 min walk straight down the road at the front of the hotel.
All in all, highly recommended.
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