Hotel Villa Rica Rio de Janeiro
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... view of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Those carpark attendants spend their day looking out on to one of the world's most iconic views.
We were tired from the overnight bus and had nowhere to go until our flight at 6.28 pm, so the plan was simply to survive the day. Fortunately, Rio turned out to the perfect city for this, with cheap snack, coffee and juice bars, free and interesting museums to pass the time, and lots of churches to have a sit ...
... your way. After about an hour we finally made it to the sumit. The view was amazing and there were only a few people up there. Its one attraction that not too many people do. We decided to walk through the favela on the way down and stop for lunch. We caught the bus back to Ipanema. That afternoon we went to Sugarloaf to watch the sunset with the rest of the masses. To get there you take two cable cars. The view was again great but the view from the ...
... could see huge flat screen TV's through some windows.
From talking to our guide and other people we learnt that this was the first favela to be pacified and as such was a role model for the system and seemingly a showcase one for tourists, so conditions remain worse in a lot of other areas. It was still very interesting to speak to locals and find out about life there both now and when they ...
... historical center's most beautiful
buildings, including the Municipal Theater and the National Museum of
Fine Arts . If you're looking for something more exciting, you can
always enjoy international DJs at one of Rio's many nightclubs such as
Nuth Barra, which is in Barra da Tijuca. But if you prefer, take a Samba
lesson with the Rio Samba Dancers.
Restaurants range from the casual, hidden in the suburbs ...
... up and her instructor playing around in the thermals. My experience was completely and unexpectedly relaxing. After running off a ledge to build momentum I hardly noticed we were flying and it was so peaceful it felt fake - as if I was in a James Bond movie with a green screen of Rio behind me and someone stood in front of me with a fan blowing a gentle breeze through my hair.
On Sunday we went up to the world famous Christ Redeemer statue which ...