IN RIO DE JANEIRO... let the party begin.
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Don´t get me wrong, this city can be extremely dangerous for the misinformed. I have read reports of violence, shootings, murders etc. and I have received a first hand account from Stevo, a GAP guide who recently got mugged, bashed and left to die in a gutter after doing all the wrong things... walking under the influence of drugs and alcohol at 4am in a bad area of Rio
But... I have been to many other dangerous cities in the world, and unfortunately, the social and economic pressures of large cities force young thugs to mug and rob the wealthier (including backpackers) of their belongings. To say the least, getting taxis from A to B, from anywhere in this city at any time in the evening, IS SIMPLY ESSENTIAL. Even if it is one block... so that is my intention no matter what the cost.
I have many things to do here, but like all destinations travelled to, my priority is to meet locals. From what I´ve seen of Copacabana beach, this city is absolutely beautiful, despite it being overcast today.
I have decided to take a month here to unpack the backpack and settle for a while before returning to Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), via Santiago. I have until the 7th of December to soak in the sights, get a Brazillian tan, party in what is believed to be the best nightlife in South America and... maybe learn a bit of Portuguese. Bring it on.