Rio de Janeiro
Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
51Trip End Feb 04, 2010
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We had a long 11 hour flight sat next to a rather large Scottish man who had tickly arm hair. Thankfully he slept the whole way with a blanket over his head!! On arrival in Rio we were greeted by a Portuguese speaking taxi driver who took us to our hostel. This was truly terrifying as he weaved in and out of the traffic and took absolutely no notice of red lights or speed limits. We were relieved to make it to the hostel in one piece. After a long day of travelling we were glad to have finally arrived. We were shown to our room and got into bed feeling somewhat overwhelmed. We fell asleep feeling both excited but nervous about what the light of day would bring.
We woke early and went downstairs for breakfast where we met some other travellers who were staying in the hostel. Lee was relieved to hear other English speaking people as his combination of Spanish and French had not gone down too well the night before in a Portuguese speaking country :-) We made our way to the beach and after negotiating a good price on some deckchairs we had a relaxing day in the sun in temperatures over 30 degrees. The beach was beautiful and the sea was clear blue and warm. We realised that this was what we had spent the last 8 months saving so hard for and it all seemed so worth it!
We decided to walk the three miles to Sugar loaf mountain today. We set off along the entire length of Copacobana beach then through the streets of Rio before hitting a very steep hill between the mountains. Realising that there was no other way we huffed and puffed our way up and back down the other side. We eventually reached Sugar loaf
Today we had planned a day on the beach but it was pretty overcast so we took a walk along the seafront then went up to the lake where we sat on a jetty and read our books. We had a chilled out day and went back to the hostel where we cooked dinner and sat around drinking and chatting with fellow travellers until late.
This morning we took a bus to the botanical gardens where Lee was delighted to see some monkeys! We had a pleasant stroll around the gardens then got a bus back to Ipanema. The weather was again overcast unfortunately so we were unable to spend any time on the beach, however Lee had kindly organised for us to go and watch some Brazilian football in the afternoon :-)
The sky was clearer this morning so we took a bus to Corcovado mountain and got on the train up to see Christ the Redeemer
Where I stayed
The Lighthouse Hostel