The Marvelous City
Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
290Trip End Ongoing
Rio de Janeiro! Said to be one of the top 5 most beautiful cities in the world and nicknamed "The Marvelous City" by Brazilians. To get here, a bus from Salvador costs R$199 and takes 27 hours... a flight is only 2 hours and was R$170... you do the math... I flew here
And an amazing city it is except for the stories of all the crime and violence that come from the favelas, or slums, that line the hillsides here. The rich and poor literally live right next to each other with intense security barriers separating the two. Favelas are no place for tourists to go wandering so the first thing I did was head out to Rio´s most famous landmarks with a new buddy, Menno from Holland, that I met in the Salvador airport waiting for our plane. So far so good exploring the marvelous city. The downside is that it is expensive!!!!! ...not sure how long I will stay or what activities will be worth paying for but I feel the financial drain here more than anywhere I´ve ever been so far. That´s life in Rio, however, and I´m lucky prices are a little lower now that it´s low season. Prices quadruple for Carnaval! That´s all from here, enjoy the cool fotos.