We are in Rio Baby!
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Arriving in Rio we got the local bus into town and advised the driver we wanted to get off at Catete (pronounced Cat-ech). Well he decided to forget our request and drove us all the way to Copacabana Beach. We weren't too impressed having to work out where we were then walking with all our stuff through the unsafe streets of Rio to the nearest Metro station at around 11PM at night. Five stations back we got off at Catete and found a cheap hotel for the night.
The next day we had a lovely breakfast of delicious fresh tropical fruits then a quick call home to wish Megan's Mum and Rick's Brother a happy birthday
Another day in Rio, what to do? We caught the Metro down to Copacabana Beach and hit the sands. The water was cold, the sun hot and the sand warm. It was great to relax and enjoy the beach. You don't have to move from where you sit as so many people walk up the beach selling all kinds of food, kinck-knacks, sunburn cream, drinks etc. You name it someone is dong the hard work, trudging up the beach selling it. Megan went in for a swim, while Rick looked after our stuff. Rio isn't the safest city in the world and pickpockets love Copabana for some free stuff.
One of Rick's mates had recommended a tour of a fevala (thanks for the great idea Roman!), one of the shanty towns that dot the mountains of Rio
It was amazing to see how people lived in what we'd consider shanty towns. It reminded us a lot of Varanasi in India, except here in Rio is was decidedly more dodgy. As we walked through the town Marco would say "no photo" in the parts run by drug gangs. He mentioned that cocaine was popular amongst the drug gangs. We visited a local school, art workshop and were invited inside a locals home. Overall it was a great tour and the money we paid went straight back to the community centre allowing more locals to be trained in English and the tourism industry.