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Brasil (part 1) - February 2010
jednym ze szlakow w poblizu Blue Mountatyk kolekcjonowal
"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.
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
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