Welcome to Rio - City of Sun, Sand & men in trunks
Trip Start Feb 06, 2010
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Copa Beach Hostel
Rio is awsome!!! We love everything about it!! The sunny days - the first day here was about 40 degrees, but the other days around 30-35 i think, the kind people - everyone has been really friendly and patient with our lack of portugese-(but we are improving) and we feel really safe during the days and at nights aswell, The beaches - the beaches are beautiful, have spent time at Copacabana everyday and yesterday spent the whole day at Ipnaema, they hire out these beach umbrellas and little deck chairs and set them up along the beach, so for the whole day it was 13 reals
On our first day we went on a tour of the city we went to Tijuca National Park - the worlds largest urban national park, we went up to Christ Redeemer (big jesus statue) which was acutually pretty massive its like 30 m high and 28 metres wide, It was awsome, was busy but was told we had a fairly quiet day which was good. Also went through Santa Tereza a little Bohemium town with all these really cute houses (its all really colonial you can see the portugese and french influence - rio is about 500 years old and you can tell that) We saw the favelas, they just go on for ages, Its kinda undescribeable (we have decided not to do a tour of them, as we feel its like we are looking at them like monkeys, when they are just going about their daily lives)
Caprihinis are our drink of choice 3 reals and its suagarcane rum with crushed limes and ice!! yum. The food is great too, we havn't been sick or anything and are enjoying it all.
Justin had a nice Birthday yesterday beach and beers! We are going up to sugar loaf today which is cables cars that go up and look over the city.
Love and trunks
Hannah, Jus and Julia xx