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Rio de Janeiro, 18 - 22 January 2009

Just 4 hours up the coast by bus from Paraty, then a surprisingly very easy shuttle bus connection from the Rodoviario (bus station) right across town to Ipanema. Only problem, as always in Brazil, is getting through the turnstyles on the local buses with rucksacks on!

Not at all easy to find our nornal level of accommoation in Ipanema - nothing cheap or middle priced after quite a search so had to go up market a bit. Still, very well situated, very comfortable and even a view (in the distance) of the Christ the Redeemer statue from our bedroom window! Headed down to Ipanema Beach for an early evening walk. Impressive beach and setting, and masses of people.

Happily we visited the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugar Loaf mountain over the next couple of days when the weather was pretty good. Both are essential visits. In the afternoons we checked out the Leblon beach (just along from Ipanema) and Copacabana. Copacabana was on a public holiday and was absolutely heaving with people. Not our idea of a beach to sunbath or swim on, but quite an attraction to visit! (Copacabana itself, behind the beach, is certainly not as pleasant a place to stay as Ipanema).

On the last two days the weather deteriorated. We checked out central Rio - not an endearing place! ... looked round for some interest without much success and finally decided to catch a rustic tram up to Santa Teresa district. (Cheapest ride we had in South America - just €0.20). As we set off the weather looked menacing and it started to chuck it down! As the sides of the tram were completely open and the roof leaked in lots of places the passengers got a soaking. We did not bother get get off at the end as it was still a deluge, the front of the tram got hit by lightning (bit of a fright for the driver!) and finally the driver decided that the brakes weren't working well enough so we had to get off ... caught ordinary buses back to Ipanema!

Pottered around the last day and in the evening finally caught the (quiet and comfortable) bus which runs along the beach fronts, then into central Rio and via the bus station and domestic airport to the international airport. (Very handy and cheap, runs about every half hour and takes an hour or so). Would have been better to eat before going to the airport rather than at the airport!

Well, the weather was not brilliant right at the end but overall in 4 months we had had practically no rain at all. Over the whole trip we have been very lucky as, apart from the odd minor hassle you are certain to experience, everything has gone really well and the trip has been wonderful.

Ipanema Sunday evening 1

Ipanema Sunday evening 1


Ipanema Sunday evening 2

Ipanema Sunday evening 2


Ipanema Sunday evening 3

Ipanema Sunday evening 3


Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 1

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 1


Corcovado - View of Rio to Sugar Loaf (top left)

Corcovado - View of Rio to Sugar Loaf (top left)


Corcovado - View of Lagao and Ipanema (by sea)

Corcovado - View of Lagao and Ipanema (by sea)


Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 2

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 2


Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 3

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer 3


Copacabana - Pulbic Holiday 1

Copacabana - Pulbic Holiday 1


Copacabana - Stall

Copacabana - Stall


Copacabana - Pulbic Holiday 2

Copacabana - Pulbic Holiday 2


Copacabana - Collecting Cans for recycling fee!

Copacabana - Collecting Cans for recycling fee!


Copacabana - Quiet day!

Copacabana - Quiet day!


Leblon/Ipanema 1

Leblon/Ipanema 1


Leblon/Ipanema 2

Leblon/Ipanema 2


Leblon/Ipanema - The Law!

Leblon/Ipanema - The Law!


Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain


Sugar Loaf Mountain 2

Sugar Loaf Mountain 2


Sugar Loaf Mountain - View

Sugar Loaf Mountain - View


Sugar Loaf Mountain - View to Copacabana

Sugar Loaf Mountain - View to Copacabana


Sugar Loaf 3

Sugar Loaf 3

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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