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Rio de Janeiro

The early start was worth it... We arrived in Rio midday, 34 degrees, and right beside Copacabana beach. Needless to say that is straight where Daniella and I headed! A few dips in the sea, which was much rougher than Paraty but still really warm. I purchased a sarong - nice and colourful as expected in Rio! We then thought we would check out the hotel pool (rooftop) and the local lager (Cerpa). Time then to go back to the hotel rooms and sort ourselves for our last meal as a group. The next day, Amanda and I had booked a City tour. I recommend these to anyone who visits Rio, although suggest booking locally as I paid a hefty booking charge in comparison! Stunning views across Rio - not to be missed! We took the cable car up Sugar loaf, and the cog train through the Tijuca rain forest up towards the Christ Redeemer statue, and took the 200 steps to the top. Much needed exercise to burn off our intake! On the train back down we saw monkeys in the forest playing in the trees. En route the rest of the city tour we passed by the Sambadrome, the metropolitan Cathedral (a rare pyramid shaped structure which was stunning inside). Another event not to be missed was a soccer match at the Maracana stadium. We watched Flamenga thrash Cabofriense 5-1. Despite only a third of the stadium being full (mainly our end), the atmosphere was amazing. So glad I managed to fit a game in whilst I was there.. A shopping and beach day followed this before starting my final day in Rio on a Guanabara Bay Cruise with Daniella. This gave us yet more different views of sugar loaf mountain. We sailed along the beaches of Niteroi and under the Niteroi bridge, and passed the Santa Cruz Fortress. The whole time there were planes taking off from the International Airport. From some places it looked as though the planes were landing in the water as the runway was so close to it! My final activities were a quick trip to the Rio Sul shopping centre to use up my Brazilian Real, and a final dip in the rooftop pool before heading to the airport for my flight to Buenos Aires...

Posted by KJ1978 09:26

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Hi Katie
Great shots of Rio, we can see you are making the most of your time there and getting control of that camera!
I can feel the heat through my thinning hair.
Will show your Nan tomorrow, she is coming for lunch and a catch up on your tour.
Dad xx

by Brian

Wow the pictures are superb and the views are stunning. The weather looks lovely and hot too, looks like the sarong was much needed.
So good to see and talk to you earlier, your travels are certainly agreeing with you.

by Amanda

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