Pousada Monte Imperial
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Aimed to leave after 9am to avoid the rush hour but failed
miserably – the traffic was horrendous and it took 1.5 hours for less than 10
miles to the terminal.
At least buses were frequent and not a long wait for the
next to Petropolis, though traffic was heavy up the steep jungle covered hills
of the Serra do Mar, the coastal sierra, that would have given marvellous views
on a clear day.
... an ugly exterior can still have beauty within, where it really counts. Close by the cathedral, via the aforementioned Arco de Lapa, is Escadaria Selarón, the Lapa Steps. Covered in tiles, depicting artwork and cultural symbolism from many countries all over the world, the steps make an impressive and colourful sight. The touristy crowd subsides the higher up you climb, so it's definately worth it, ascending all the way up, Rocky-style (Rocky's tile?). The most ...
... of time via TAM airlines that cost us about $320. During the low season a one way can be as low as $200. Once on the plane it was nap time until Rio.
We landed at about 12 noon. Got through customs and immigration and were on our way. As soon as I got out of the airport, I felt the difficulty of the language barrier immediately. My little bit of Portuguese was not going to be enough. Even when asking them if they spoke Spanish it was still difficult to ...
... was spent visiting one of Rios 600 favelas, which house around 20% of the city's population. We were shown round Santa Marta by one of its residents and our guide to translate. It was an experience that I am glad we had. Rio's favelas (especially those which boarder the more affluent areas of the city) have been in the process of being cleaned up since the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) was set up in 2008 to reclaim the areas from the drug dealers and ...
At one point we nearly gave Rio a miss due to the ever spiralling out of control budget. Well, screw the budget because Rio Rocks!
Rio occupies one of the most spectacular metropolitan settings in the world. With the world famous Copacabana beach fronting a deep blue sea, to the verdant Tijuca rainforest, to the tops of the scenic Corcovado and Dois Irmois mountains and to the distant sound of samba and the non-stop party in Lapa. What is there not to like??? It ...