Travel Blogs from Rio de Janeiro
... so we were happy. Having seen carnival on TV before it was amazing to actually be there amongst it. Unfortunately Chris put the wrong lens on the camera so we didn't get any great close up shots. The Sambadrome parade starts at 9pm and doesn't finish until around 5am, so we headed off at 4am to beat the mega crowd on the metro. While we were there the floats were amazing, one school parades for an hour and has 7 floats and dancers, dancers and more ...
... time and today would also be the day for them to sightsee. The first attraction we visited was Sugarloaf mountain. We had to join the hour long queue to catch the two cable cars up to the top. It wasn't that pleasant standing in the heat and we were glad to head up the mountain and to see panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Whilst in the cable car my mind flashed to the scene with James Bond and Jaws in Moonraker. If it was for real it would ...
... last moments of sun and surf. Really nice way to end the stay. It's amazing the range of body shapes and sizes...anything goes. I wish I had had the nerve to take a photo of the morbidly obese lass wearing a thong bikini just relaxing in the sand, or some of the fabulous bodies too. Not that many swimmers, even though the water was great...nice and refreshing.
Then a hairy ride to the airport in crazy traffic. Lanes are irrelevant and one goes as fast as possible ...
For our penultimate day of travelling we went to see a coupe more of Rios sights as the weather still wasn't quite good enough for sun bathing. It was meant to be a clear day tomorrow so we saved Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer to make sure we got the best views! So today we went to the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, then to Ipanema and Copacabana beaches ...
... It was fun to walk around the fair and see the all the different things offered. We bought corn on the cob from a cart in the middle of the isles at the fair.
After the fair we took a quick detour to an elevator that was installed to connect the favela that sits above Ipanema to the beach area. A favela is Rio's version of a slum or ghetto. We took the elevator up and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa6ipanema Rio de Janeiro
we came back to this hostel twice mostly because of the super lovely guys on reception. the guy from london was immense very friendly and helpful. ask him about the local steak restaurant. he was a real joy to chat to, very good at his job. there was also a really helpful chatty guy from brazil who was ace.
when we were there the second time there was also the most life changing banana cake that the cleaners had cooked. delicious! the free breakfasts were really good too.
rooms were ok, quite expensive for what they were though.
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