Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
Trip End Feb 20, 2006

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

After the brilliance of Foz do Iguacu, I decided to head straight to Rio De Janeiro. After 22 hours on a bus I pulled into the station in a very dodgey area of Rio. Along with 2 English girls I had meet in Iguacu, I jumped into a taxi and headed straight to Copacabana. Along the way we got to see a glimpse of Christ the Redemeer , Sugar loaf mountain, Botafogo and the Favela´s or slums clinging to the sides of Rio.

Anyway I checked into a hostel called Che Lagato and this would turn out to be my home for the next two weeks. I immediately meet a couple of cool Aussie lads who invited me into a drinking game along with a Norweigien, 3 nutty finish girls and a old guy from Manchester who was also insane. At about 3pm I was already trashed!

All the guys were going on about Lappa, which I had no idea what it was. It wasn´t long before I got to find out. On Friday night we headed to this area called Lappa for a massive local street party that happens every weekend. This is pure Rio. Its really dodgy area to be in but is alright if you stick to the main street, wander off and you could be in major trouble! There are samba drums all over the street and people dancing and drinking from the street stalls. Absolutely mad night.

One particular day we charted a boat with 5 other hostels to take us out to the bay with stunning Rio in the back ground for an all you can eat and drink booze cruise. I was still feeling pretty sick from the night before but after a couple of caipirinhas I got into the party mood. We basically had about 100 people on the boat with a DJ and the cabin roof as a dance floor. We ended up being the first group to drink the boat dry. A couple of guys decided they needed more, so jumped overboard to get more beers (only a 700 meter swim ). Later that night we went back out to Lappa.

Eventually I got around to seeing the sights. I climbed Pao de Acucar or Sugar loaf mountain for the view of perhaps the most stunning city in the world, with views all the way past Copacabana and Ipanema beach to San Teresa and Cristo Redentor.

I also spent a couple of days on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and surrounding areas. Another day I took a day tour, which included the famous Maracana football stadium, The original Santa Teresa area in the hills, the unique cathedral and even dressed up in samba costumes on the main carnival route.
On my last day in Rio I went up to Corcovado(Huncback), the 710m high peak where the iconic Cristo Redentor(Christ the Redeemer) sits above the city. The outstretched figure is visible over the whole city. From there the city of Rio unfolds before you. Rio is a stunning Stunning STUNNING city.
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