Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
Last stop Rio. 4 days so could slow things down a bit ......Great hotel and location right on Copacabana beach front. Love the beach with the hills and Sugar Loaf in the background. Also love the kiosks which do many a great cairpirinha.
Much warning of robbery and everyone tells us not to carry anything of value and minimum cash. Janice tells us of a coach being held at gunpoint - we are in bandit country. We are robbed of our underwear but it is just a mix up at the laundry.
Find a great lunch spot at the Fort which has the best views of the bay. Caught by Diamond Dave, the gem salesman, who soon comes down to our level offering deals and he is well chuffed that he knew Ronnie Biggs!
Off to Sugar Loaf, spectacular views. A bit cloudy at times.
Really interesting favela tour i.e. the poorest areas perched on the hills, cramming in as many houses and people as possible. It can also be really scary. We were sometimes told to put our cameras away. Power lines were like spaghetti with illegal connections. We see bins being scavanged - such poverty although others doing well. We are told not to give kids money or anything as mothers called the company asking people to stop as it caused trouble and kids were bunking off school.
Took the cog railway to Christ the Redeemer - it is monstrous and a great viewpoint. Resisted that pose, just too embarrassed.
Visited the very grand Copacabana Palace hotel for an aperitif trying not to look to out of place being bare of gold and diamonds. A sudden downpour marooned us for one more. We left before bankruptcy but made the mistake of getting a taxi from the hotel. The sleazy driver thought we stayed there. He was really pushy wanting to wait for us outside the restaurant and take us to shows. We were just to pay him by the hour and he would take credit card - no way.
Managed to cram in a visit to the botanics.
Sadly that´s it folks, we´ve put our rings on, taken the money out of our shoes, credit card out of our underwear and are on route home - call that a holiday!