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Brasil (part 1) - February 2010


Na jednym ze szlakow w poblizu Blue Mountatyk kolekcjonowal liszkiDay One
"God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio." so say the Cariocas, residents of this beautiful city.
The trip from Windsor to Rio was without any unplanned delays. I liked the idea of boarding a plane with snow outside and leaving it a few hours later in a place with warm ocean waters. The only catch was that those "few hours" came out to exactly 23 hours. I did not realize that a flight from Atlanta to Rio takes 10 hours. With the addition of all the time spent waiting for connections and for a hotel, the journey nearly took a full day. It came as no surprise that first day mainly consisted of catching up on sleep and trying to rest a little. The temperature difference was also striking: 45 degrees (-7 in Windsor and +38 in Rio). My hotel (Oceano Copacabana) was located just next to the famous Copacabana beach. The beach is very wide and a few kilometres long. There are few similar beaches in Rio that it probably would take an entire day just to walk through, if one is even able to handle the extreme temperatures. The beaches are extremely crowded from early morning to sunset. I was also able to see the very end of the Rio Carnival, where there were tons of various bands playing salsa music. Each of them attracted a crowd of people dressed in carnival costumes dancing freely on the streets. I was warned a few times by hotel crew not to carry any money with me and to be very careful about my photo camera. Unfortunately all of Latin America is known for their crime, especially the big cities. The first day ended with a walk on the Copabacana beach and the streets surrounding the hotel. I admit, I was exhausted after my long trip and finally fell asleep just after 7 p.m. Not bad for the only day I could really enjoy Rio Carnival. Still, I was hoping to catch up the very next day.

Day Two
The second day started way too early because I found it impossible to sleep longer than 10-11 hours. I still had to have a breakfast and checkout before going for the city tour I had arranged the previous day. The most typical Rio tour is always organized to Corcovado (Hunchback), the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer, the best place from where you can appreciate the city. Then we went into town to see the St. Stanislaus Cathedral and to have a quick peek at the local slums. I had an offer to continue a tour with other group, but it was way too hot to stay outside any longer. I headed back to the new hotel, where our GAP Adventures group was starting their tour. The same evening we had our first group meeting. Later that evening I went with my roommate David to the town to see some nightlife. It was the first chance to meet our other group members. Our guide (Freddy) was from Peru. My roommate David was from Calgary. Wayne and Sharron were a retired couple from Vancouver.  Also retired (but still willing to explore the world) were David and Susan from the U.K. Other U.K. representatives were young Rick, Dan and Elizabert. We had also three people from Australia: Derrick, Ricardo and Ann-Loc. And last but not the least were Paulo and Andrea from Spain. Our group counted 14 people plus a guide. Not all of us took that tour all the way to Santiago de Chile. Some people left in Buenos Aires as their tour much shorter.

Day Three
Today we departed by bus from Rio to Paraty. The trip took 4 hours. I guess the weather chose to cooperate with us because it was raining entire day, a downpour which couldn't have come at a better time because it fell on the one day that didn't include much sightseeing. We just went at the end of the day to see Paraty's historical center. Paraty is a lovely colonial town. Sitting on Brazil's southeastern coast, Paraty lies on the border between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states, and is a favourite with those looking to ‘get away from it all’ - Brazilians and visitors alike. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambience. During high tide the Portuguese cobblestone streets are partly flooded by seawater, adding to the fairy tale -like atmosphere. Later that day we had a dinner in one of the private houses.

Rio de Janeiro


Corcovado (Hunchback), the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer


Corcovado (Hunchback) and the view on Rio


Copacabana - view from my hotel


Copacabana - view from my hotel


Corcovado (Hunchback), the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer


City view from the hill in Tijuca park


The bare feet of PELE in the MARACANA stadium


Copacabana - Rio is looking forward to host Olympic Games in 2016


Salmon at the local restaurant - too much to eat


Copacabana


Copacabana


Copacabana (Photo: Liz)


Everyone has to be part of Rio carnival


Carnival parade (Photo: Wayne)


Afternoon nap


Favelas are slum areas of Brazil. This is Rocinha - the largest
slum in Latin America


Rocinha - the largest
slum in Latin America


Rocinha - the largest
slum in Latin America


Our group leaving hotel in Rio

Morning in Rio - Corcovado (Hunchback)


Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer)(Photo: Liz)


Rio view (photo by one of the group members)


City view from the hill in Tijuca park


Cathedral w Rio


Cathedral w Rio


One of local restaurants in Rio - it seems
that steak is the most popular food here


Copacabana


Copacabana (Photo: Liz)


Interesting glasses


Rio Carnival is not only samba groups parade, but also countless parties on the streets


Homeless sleep on the streets


Afternoon nap


Rocinha is neighboured by one of the modern districts of Rio


Rocinha - the largest
slum in Latin America


Rocinha - the largest
slum in Latin America (Photo: Wayne)


Early morning at Copacabana - homeless are collecting anything they can sell. Today we leave Rio.

Paraty


Our group making it thru flooded streets of Paraty


Flooded streets of Paraty


Paraty coast


Boats in a small harbor in Paraty


Boats in a small harbor in Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty coast


Paraty coast


Our hotel in Paraty (Photo: Liz)



Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty coast



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