Rio Design Hotel
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... deal. The driver assures us that he will stop near our accommodation, just off Princesa Isabel Avenue. The drive is slow and traffic is heavy and we don’t pass the nicest parts of town. We wonder what the average tourist feels as he approaches the city centre.
I clearly remember from when we lived here that we pass through a tunnel to arrive at Copacabana. Our accommodation is close to the tunnel exit, so when we pass Botafogo Beach and enter through a tunnel, I ask ...
... but there are also great views from the world famous Christ the redeemer statue and the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Both are well worth visiting. The christ statue itself is massive and amazing just to look at but also offers great views of the city. It is 1 of the wonders of the world after all. Sugar loaf mountain if not equally as good is perhaps even better and the views of the sunset from here were incredible. Everybody there clapped hands and applauded at the end - it was ...
... waiting time. We had enough of the shop and deposited our purchases in a free shopping cart and left the Shop. Our errands we later placed in a business where you do not had to wait so long. We even ran a little through the city and looking at the individual transactions on the spot, before we headed back to the way back home. In the evening we took the metro to Sambadromo and were now eager to see the samba schools live in their costumes. The Sambadromo is actually a long road ...
... cups of the pulp with various toppings. Ended up getting a homegrown mango from Lukas, one of the 2 guards.
Walked over to Urca, but other than a prom with nice breezes & views towards Botofago, and a tiny beach, little to recommend it, including my lunch at the Garota – strange, but popular name for local eateries.
Bus from there to Leblon and then walked back along ...
... was once again up, going on a recommendation we headed this time to the Hippie market in Ipenema beach. The main reason for this was to try some authentic Brazilian cuisine as outside of the lack lustre Empadas there had not been much else on offer.
At the markets is a famous stall selling the traditional Afro Brazilian dish of Acaraje which we found and devoured, finally impressed with some local food. It is a croquette with beans, peppers, onions and topped with spicy ...