First Stop: Rio!
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So we are at the end of our 4 days in Rio and we have packed loads in. Weīve hung out on Copacabana and Ipanema beach, got the rickety train up to Christ Redeemer, jumped off a mountain side and hang glided down to the beach, had lovely food in Santa Teresa, been to a samba club and drunk capirinhas. Our hostel, Samba Palace, is amazing and we would recommend it to anyone coming to Brazil.
We have decided the over-riding feeling of Brazil is danger! The bus drivers and taxi drivers are CRAZY! The buses have no suspension - Bobīs knuckles actually turned white! Every guide book tells you that you will probably get mugged although thankfully we havenīt despite ending up in Centro on a Sunday with noone else around! And there is a real danger of a heart attack from the food - so much meat!
So it is goodbye Rio - we have booked our 21 hour bus trip to get us to the pantanal tomorrow and a hostel which may or may not have bed bugs. Fingers crossed for the latter!