City of Gods
Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
173Trip End Jul 01, 2007
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So I will start with Rio and racking my brains back two weeks I can still remember clearly what I got up to.
An really early morning flight to me and the folks from Salvador to Rio, the country doesn't worry about noise pollution the flights go all night and out flight was around 4am. A two hour flight south and broken sleep on the plane and bus we were picked up in style from the airport, no slogging around the backpack and we were whisked away by bus through the city
After battling the early morning rush hour traffic we arrived at the bottom of Sugar Loaf mountain. To get to the top you have to take two cable car journeys, first up to Urca mountain and up to Sugar Loaf. After the first journey we took in the misty views of the city as the city awoke. On the first level is a helicopter pad and we decided to take a ride across the city, much to my surprise mum was really up for this. I jumped straight into the front to get prime views and I have the most spectacular pictures and video footage of us circling Christ the Redeemor and flying down Copacabana beech. What a great experience and something I will never forget.
After spending a couple of hours there, we took a bus ride along the Copacabana and Ipanema beeches and onto our hotel for the night. The hotel was packed with water polo and beech football teams, and later on that day we saw Eric Cantona who is coaching the french beech football team. We had arrived at the time on the Fifa beech football world cup, so alot was happening in the city.
Later in the evening we walked to the local mall and then crashed for a couple of hours, shattered by the journey
The next morning we took another tour up the Corcovado mountain which is famous for the huge statue of Christ looking over the city. A small train takes you on the ride up the mountain, which was really hot covered in bugs. Rio is unique because they have protected rainforests within the city and the mountain is within one of these parks. After squeezing through the crowds of tourists, we took our typical pictures of the statue and got a life back down to the hotel.
Later in the afternoon I said goodbye to me parents and went off to another hostels further up the Copacabana. As soon as I got there I dropped my stuff took the metro and went to the maracana to watch the football. Flamengo Vs Santa Cruz. For those that dont know this is the biggest stadium in the world and massive. The atmosphere was great but the football was a pretty poor standard, both teams are the bottom half of the table.
The following day I had a quick look around the downtown area and then went on a favela tour. The favela are the slums areas on the hills surrounding the rich areas of Rio
So we got off the bus and all took a motor bike ride to the top, completely crazy, the bikes racing each other and swerving between on coming buses and kids running across the road. We got off and walked through the back streets. Men with the biggest guns I have ever seen patrol to entrances but I feels strangely safe. Inside the kids all want a photos taken and the locals come out to talk to you. The kids In courage to make things to sell to tourists, I brought a bracelet a kid had made from the telephone lines and the tour money goes towards building a school. The only really scary area is at the bottom on the hill, were all the drug lords hang out, we quickly moved through there.
That night I hooked up with some people from the hostel and went out. One girl had friends working in Rio, this was great as we got free drinks in. But the club was dodgy and we arrived on a Gay night, lots of men trying to touch your arse!!!!
The following day with a hang over, I brought lots of bad food and jumped on a bus to the Pantanal, my longest journey yet 20 hours, but it went surprisingly fast.