We totally relaxed on the island. We walked our socks off with the knowledge that a deserted beach would be our reward....Rio would be a little different!
Within an hour of arriving we headed straight out to a football game and the Macarana Stadium. The atmosphere was intense - the passion every person has for their team is a beautiful sight. We were surrounded by all ages and everyone of them had an opinion!
Enjoying the Brazilian past time
Kick off! The crowds were crazy!
With all that excitment out of the way, the following couple of days we tramped the streets of Centro and Santa Teresa. Ultimatley, Centro is like any other big city's financial hub, we only really ventured there beacuse of the food offerings and a few national sites...
Nic getting spiritual with one if many Cathedrals
We stayed the first 5 nights in Santa Teresa, surrounded by beautiful architechual charm and stunning streets paved with the orignal splender that once graced this area. Nowadays it's pretty run down, bar a few places, but it nicely ties in with Lapa, the Samba heart of Rio. We rode the rumbling tram a few times and hung off the edge when it was too busy - even over the aquaduct! Both of these areas are the bohemien centres with plenty of arts and crafts and random street parties to boot.
The scarey Aquaduct
The rickity old tram that trundles along!
The multi-coloured steps in Lapa
Our hostel way up in Santa Tereasa
When the weather was right we took a bus over to an icon for Rio!
The little chap known as Christ Redeemer!
He's actually quite small!!!!
Nic admiring the view...
Looking over Rio from Christ Redeemer
We packed our bags and said our goodbyes to the area by getting jiggy at one of the samba clubs in Lapa before heading over to Copacabana beach. Here we played football and chilled out on the beach and in the sea - the waves were fantastic!
A bit of football!
An awesome Samba club - the dancers were incredible. Like they didn't even think what they were doing it was so fluid..
For another day we headed over to the Favelas. This was exciting as whilst there the poilce decided to raid the area. Guns shots in the area = us high-tailing it out of there. When they go in they have the intention to kill. Not us please! We still managed to visit another area which was drug free due to its location. We got a real feel for what it would be like to live in these conditions (which have been greatly improved within the last year). Still if you thought arguing with your neighbours was annoying - I wouldn't like to try and get along with 50-75 others within a 20 metres radius!!
One of hundreds of Favelas in Rio
Armed police whilst visting the Favelas
After Copacabana we moved acorss to Ipanema....
Where girl from Ipanema was written