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At east end of Ipanema on the rock outcrop

Well what can we say except that we want to go back, we loved it and it is AMAZING!

We had 5 days and managed to pack in so much...We started off on Ipanema beach (which is the area of Rio we were staying in) - all I can say is it was a stunning beach. In the afternoon we went on a favela tour. This was fascinating as we were taken to Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio with more than 120000 residents. There were police at the edges of the favelas but they didn't go in as inside the favelas it is run by the druglords not the police! They have look out boys on the perimeter with walky talkies and fireworks which they set off to warn the others at any sign of police.

Coconuts
Whilst we were there watching some kids give us a show of capoeira there were 3 guys that walked past on the other side of the road with 3 big machine guns - bit scary but apparently this was just the soldiers in the druglords hierarchy changing shifts! The second favela we went to was much smaller and didn't have its own druglord. Here there had been a charity called Para Ti that has set up a school for the children to go to after their own public school where they get extra help and make handicrafts to try and support the project.

On Friday we woke to a beautiful, clear blue sky and sun so decided this was the perfect day to go handgliding. We were really nervous but the feeling once you were in the sky was amazing with perfect views over Rio and the beach where we had to land. That evening we headed up sugar loaf to watch sunset and view the city by night.

Favela
this gave stunning views as all of Rio was lit up. After we headed to porcao's, a famous all you can eat brazilian bbq where they have waiter constantly going round offering to carve you some meat! Brilliant meal but expensive in Brazilan terms. Then we went into Lapa, the party district where there was a massive street party going on so we tried a few caprihna's and caprivodkas before heading into a club.

Saturday morning we slept in but then got up and headed out to Santa Theresa, another district in Rio. Here we caught a tram up the hill ad then walked down through the lane which had lovely views of Rio. There were lots of little shops and cafes along the way back.

On Sunday we got up early to go to the mosteiro sao Bento. We watched mass and the monestery had the most amazing wooden carved walls and 18th century organ.

Rocinha favela
Back in Ipanema we went to the Hippy fair which had ao many lovely things to buy and spend all our money on! Then that evening we went to our first football match! Botofogo vs Flamengo, we supported Flamengo and luckily won 2-0. the atmosphere was amazing with singing and chants throughout to a samba drum beat. When we scored there was a huge flag that was pulled over everyone and back down again. Sent most of the time watching the crowds but the football was good too!

Monday was our last full day and we decided to make the most of it so got up at 5am to watch the sunrise from the rock outcrop on Ipanema beach. Absolutely stunning sunrise and then walked back across the beach paddling in the waves. We headed up to Corcovado - the Christ staue that morning and saw more amzing view over Rio and the statue itself which was 30m high with an armspan of 28m! Then we spent the afternoon on ipanema beach sunbathing and swimming in the sea - gorgeous!

On our last day we were all packed so headed to the infamous Copacabana beach to people watch and get a bit of sun. So sad to leave to come home but it has been a fantastic 11 weeks into which we have done so much. See you all soon xxx

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At east end of Ipanema on the rock…
At east end of Ipanema on the roc…
Coconuts
Coconuts
Favela
Favela
Rocinha favela
Rocinha favela
Beach!!
Beach!!
View over Rio from Handglider
View over Rio from Handglider
View from Sugar Loaf towards Corco…
View from Sugar Loaf towards Corc…
Tram in Santa Theresa
Tram in Santa Theresa
Santa Theresa
Santa Theresa
Mosteiro Sao Bento
Mosteiro Sao Bento
GOAL!!!
GOAL!!!
At the football in the Maracana st…
At the football in the Maracana s…
Sunrise at Ipanema beach
Sunrise at Ipanema beach
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
Corcovado Christ statue
Corcovado Christ statue
Us and Christ
Us and Christ
Copacabana beach
Copacabana beach
Handgliding with a view over Rio
Handgliding with a view over Rio