Well our time in Rio has certainly been an experience! We were staying in an area called Lapa which is the most bohemian of the neighbourhoods in Rio.
We arrived on the first day of the carnival, the streets were clean and there was a sense of calm….however this wasn’t the case for long! There are literally street parties everywhere, sidewalks and roads covered with revellers, some dressed normally, many in costumes and some with not much on at all. We made our way to Rio’s oldest street to join in the fun….unfortunately this didn’t last long as we both came down with food poisoning which meant we were out of action for 3 days! 😦
We had tickets to go to the Sambadrome which is where the Samba Schools parade down a long alley….each school has three to five thousand people in their parade. The costumes were spectacular, the alley was full of glitz and colour!
As the carnival has progressed the streets have turned into an absolute rubbish dump…smells of urine everywhere, open rubbish bags as the homeless collect all the empty beer cans…. Apparently the rubbish collectors have been on strike for days which would explain the mess!
We had to do the touristy things and head to Cristo Redentor which is considered the largest Art Deco Statue in the world. It is 30 metres tall and its arms stretches 28 metres wide. We then made our way to Sugarloaf Mountain which is a peak situated on the mouth of a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Its meant to resemble the traditional shape of concentrated loaf sugar! You have to take two cable cars to reach the summit which rises 396 metres above the harbour. Great views across Rio!
Our time in Rio wouldn’t be complete without spending a day at Copacabana Beach…. It seems the done thing for a woman is to wear a thong bikini regardless of how big or small your booty!! You could certainly spot us tourists who had “granny pants” bikinis on! The beach was a hive of activity, cocktails were flowing, men playing football / volleyball in their tiny meat hangers and the women parading their bottoms! Oh and it was 39 degrees in the shade!
Can’t believe our adventure is nearing the end….just over two weeks left 😦
Next stop, Panama.