Villa Del Sol
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... at 5.30 to go out. So I had to shower and change and then head back out on the 1 1/2 hour metro ride. I was exhausted. I met Elisha at her hostel in Copacobana and then we went out to Ipanema to go to a street party 'bloco' that's what they are called. It was cool. Loads of people in the streets drinking dancing and just having fun. It was cool. We were there for a few hours and then we walked back towards her hostel. We were going to have some drinks there and then go out in Lapa. We ...
... from Ilha das
Cobras – there was mention of them and coral snakes on the walk in the woods
Then up to the monastery (5 floors up a lift in a modern
building!) but unfortunately closed for renovation and the views destroyed by more
recent construction. Was a similar story in the convent. Thankful to see the
impressive municipal theatre and the 2 storey 17th century viaduct
before heading back to the favela.
... 70,000 people, it is clear there is not yet any real way to officially record the favela populations.
A favela has to be seen to be believed. The last few years have seen favelas undergo strong military and police intervention and many are now predominantly under the control of the police, versus the drug lords who ruled the roost in the not too distant past. Nevertheless we were instructed to not take photos of any residents as there is still a ...
... his photo every day. Exploiting it's beauty & turning it in to a symbol of tourism.. Mixed emotions on the top of Vidigal. Anyhow the view was amazing & it made me sad knowing I was to leave Rio in a few hours. We began our decent which was a lot funner, running down & jumping off stumps. Made it to the bottom where we caught a VW commie van down the favela. Andrew was jammed between 2 middle aged women who spoke no English apart from "Rexona", ...
... in a lifetime experience we headed to Sugar Loaf mountain as it was just round the corner from the training ground. Two cable cars take you to the top for fantastic views over Rio and being the WC it was full of fans from all over the place. After we headed back to the apartment for a delicious late lunch (the avocados here are worth a shout out) and then out to Lapa to meet Jase a Uni friend and our Brazilian friend Luca. Had a few beers before Luca took us to a local ...