Rio - Bohemian Dodgy Streets

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Got picked up from our hostel at 9.30am towards the central Lapa District. Traffic jams and stuff took us 45 minutes to reach our next hostel, books hostel.

As we were too early for check in, we grabbed our bags and headed up the hill for Santa Theresa, which according to the receptionist was the nicest district in Rio. The uphill climb was steep at times, but there were nice olden buildings lining up on the streets.

We reached the central square of Santa Theresa at around 11am. And there was really nothing else but a few shops and restaurants. We found the tourist info spot and grabbed the local map, which showed recommended walking trails and major sights in the district. We went into the restaurant recommended by Simone yesterday for a drink and researched on which trail to head next. We also ordered lunch soon after, a 3 person serving of black beans with pork, rice, vegetables and something that tasted like fried pork skin. It was filling.

After lunch at 1, we headed uphill towards a viewpoint where we could see a olden castle (looked more like a small hotel) from afar. We took extra care as people got robbed at knifepoint quite often here at this district. We then went down hill for a olden ruins and colour full tiled stairs.

The ruins was average at best, but there was a good view of the Bay Area with favelas in the foreground, and the sugar loaf as the setting. The stairs was interesting, there were colorful paintings of various cities, designs, patterns on the long stairs leading to the ground level. Took some time observing them and took some good photos.

At the end of the stairs few of us bought some carved key souvenirs from a skilled craftsman. We then headed straight for this odd inverted cylindrical shaped church located in the central district. The church looked funny and weird on the exterior, but it's interior proved to be a peaceful sanctum. It's supposed to have a modernistic design, but the exterior looks like it definitely needs a wash.

We walked into the central district and saw the national theater, a pretty building with golden deco. And then walked towards the coast to find a pretty modern arts museum (which wasn't as pretty as advertised).

Got back to the hostel after walking through some dodgy streets after.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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