Our final destination; Rio De Janeiro!!!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Highlights

Rio.
We managed to bag a bargain and fly from Iguazu to Rio for 50 each, thus making it cheaper and a lot more comfortable than the bus. We were excited about Rio as its 'RIO!!!' but as this is our last stop we are also excited about going home too. Rio has lots of different districts and choosing our location was tough, cost was also a problem as accommodation is so expensive here. In the end we settled for a dorm in a hostel in Copacabana. The first thing we did was go for a stroll along the beach front and check out what makes this place so iconic. Sure enough we were amazed at how many people were out exercising, on the beach many people were playing volleyball, football, bat and ball and foot-volley. We were so inspired by it all we had to sit down and drink beer in one of the many beach bars. Here we watched a few games from the confederations cup held in Brazil, so the bars were full of Mexicans going crazy. Of course it wouldn't be complete without being bombarded every second by people selling stuff.
We also checked out Ipanema beach and enjoyed Acai drink, a berry grown near Rio. We think Rio deserves a lot more time than the 3 days we had left. If/when we come back we will spend a while in 3 or 4 of the districts as we've heard they all offer different things to see and do. Plus checking out the nightlife is another reason for us to come back.


Sugar loaf Mountain.
These are the famous mountains located by the sea at the end of Copacabana. We took the cable car up in time for sunset and got some incredible views of Rio, the favelas, Christ the Redeemer statue and the beaches. From up here you can really appreciate the size of Rio and just how much there is to see! There was plenty of room and a nice cafe as well so we spent a few hours watching the sun set and then seeing Rio at night.


Lowlights

Attempted camera snatch.
After visiting sugar loaf we walked to the bus stop to await our bus home. When it arrived about 10 people did the usual gathering around the door rather than queue, in this time an oldish woman stepped in between me and Jade. Jade ahead, me with the bag on, camera inside. As we got to the turnstiles on the bus Jade paid and sat down then the woman in front stumbled back into me as if she was drunk. After a second I assumed something dodgy was going on and turned to find another woman with her hands in my bag, holding my camera. I grabbed it back off her and said something, but she didn't seem to care she was caught in the act one bit. They both scrambled off the bus and thankfully we got away with it. After going nearly a year without any problems, losing a camera now would have been really annoying!

Christ the Redeemer Statue.
Ok the views were amazing. Higher than sugar loaf and behind Rio, so you can see the city and the sea. The problem was it was so crowded and expensive for what it was. 15 just to see the third biggest Jesus statue and get some crappy tram ride up. There was hardly any room for the hundreds of tourists, so we had to barge our way round just to get a glance at the views and statue. There was nothing enjoyable about our visit, just anger in queuing and waiting for people to take 30 photos and then move. If you want a good view of Rio, go sugar loaf at sunset. If you want to see a bigger Jesus statue, go Cochabamba or Poland! Incredibly, this was voted as one of the 7 wonders of the world!!! Hahaha. Where as Angkor Wat wasn't!? We wish we had spent our money on some more caipirinhas by the beach instead!
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