Rio De Janiero, Brazil 28th Feb - 5th Mar
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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This is our final destination for our travels so we went out with a bang. No worrying about money, just lots and lots of partying. We booked an apartment and had Alex with us still. We also met up with Jane and her tour group while we were there too! It was a great end to the trip and we are certainly ready to finish travels now…..for a while ;-)
Street Parties - Blocos
Street parties called Blocos were everywhere starting from 8am & going all night long
There were stands on every corner selling beer and dress up clothes. We joined a few over our time in Rio – one of the best ones was right on the beach which was fun.
There were organised parties and then some also not so organised but it just didn't matter – madness everywhere. We couldn’t take videos or many pics as it was too dangerous to bring expensive items out. Pick pockets were about so just not worth it.
Main Parade – Sambadrome
The main carnival party is the parade, Sambadrome. We went on the Sunday night which is the main night and got seats right close to the front of the full stands lining the parade street, capacity of 90,000.The parade starts at 9pm and goes until about 7am. It’s a competition so each samba school enters from all over the country. The idea is that they make the most impressive float & costumes and put on the best show that lasts 90 minutes to get across the 700m stretch from the beginning to the end
The floats were absolutely spectacular and all around them were the dancers. The most impressive float was one with a human cannon on it, a man was fired out of it and landed on a net! There was also a float lined with stunning women all with their boobs out!
When the schools got to the end, lots of them were throwing their costumes to the audience so there were lines of people waiting to catch!
We went to watch the local team, Flamengo play a game at the world cup stadium. Unfortunately it wasn’t a very big game so the stadium wasn’t full, only 13,000 people, but the fans still made a lot of noise! We did this on a tour after the shock we got trying to go and see Boca Jrs in Argentina we thought it would be safer this way. Actually there were no problems at all, and it all seemed perfectly safe to go alone. It was good to go out for an evening with Jane’s tour group though!
Christ the redeemer
This is one of the main tourist spots in Rio. We had to choose out of going to this or the sugarloaf (due to time) and I think we made the right choice. We got a bus to the top of a mountain at 2,300 ft and were able to see the most spectacular views of the entire city. Water was everywhere, beautiful mountains, islands and buildings within the city. At the very top of the hill was the statue, Christ the Redeemer – one of the wonders of the world. Construction started in 1922 and was finally finished in 1931 – the statue stands 30m tall. It lights up at night and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city – he is always watching! We could even see him from the football stadium.
One of the most famous beaches in the world and actually supposed to be one of the sexiest beaches in the world. In Brazil the ladies wear thong bikinis so there was a lot of butt around….not as good as you would think though as a lot of them were fat! Haha. Bondi beach definitely wins over Copacabana!
Food & Drink
Favourite Local Dish: Brazillian BBQ
Favourite Restaurant: Carretao – Brazillian BBQ – Set price of $15 and its all you can eat meat
Strangest Thing to See
Fat man in a leotard with a horse head on and a full mane. It was close though – the whole 5 days there were just random…half the stuff we can’t even remember now!
The cleaners decided to go on strike during carnival. This meant that Rio was up there with the most filthy places we have visited in the world due to the sheer amount of people there making mess. Rubbish was absolutely everywhere and human waste was everywhere as well….one stinky city…a little disappointing. Hope they sort it out for the world cup this year!
Airbnb Apartment - $1,000 for 5 nights shared between 3
Meals: $3 - $15
Water: $2 for 1.5 litres
Alcohol: $5 for a can of beer
Transport: Trains 1.80 single
Football Tour - $70 each
Christ the redeemer visit: $27 each
Sambadrome Parade Tix: $170 each
Average Daily Spend per person: $150
Transport there for both of us: $90 6 hour bus
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $1,600
Overall when you look at how much money we spent here, we aren’t entirely sure if it was worth it. Of course we had a great time, but this sort of money can pay for almost a month of both of us travelling around a country like Vietnam….no more needed to be said!