Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog

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What an amazing time to be in Rio. Hottest summer in 50 years, 2 million visitors for Carnaval (not to mention the number of locals!) and partying it up at the Sambadrome. That is quite an experience in itself. They have samba schools who compete against each other and spend a lot of the year preparing for their big night. The creativity and amount of effort that goes into the floats is out of this world. Acrobats, skiing batmen, fountains... You name it, you're likely to see it on a float! It's been a minimum of 30 degrees each day and the tan is coming along nicely :) Did a day trip to Corcovado the other day to see the view from the statue of Christ The Redeemer - the view is amazing. Sugar Loaf today for some more stunning views. Ipanema and Cocacabana beaches for street parties and beaches. Lapa the first night for a massive street party, thousands of people dancing to the beat of the street drummers. Samba: it's all in the hips. Pretty sexy actually. A lot of Brazilian guys treat the street parades as a game of kiss chasey of sorts and aim to kiss 5+ women a night. Ducking and weaving is recommended!
An interesting thing about Rio is that some of the slums have the best views of the bay. A 10km square slum can hold up to 160k people and literally be across the road from million dollar apartments. There is a lot of work being done to improve slum conditions, particularly ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
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