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Brazylia (czesc 1) - luty 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


Pomnik Chrystusa Zbawiciela w Rio


Pomnik Chrystusa Zbawiciela i widok na Rio


Copacabana - widok z mojego hotelu


Copacabana - widok z mojego hotelu


Pomnik Chrystusa Zbawiciela w Rio


Widok na miasto ze wzgorza w parku Tijuca


Odciski stop Pele'go na stadionie Maracana


Copacabana - Rio szykuje sie na Olimpiade w 2016


Losos w miejscowej restauracji - zbyt duzo aby to skonczyc


Copacabana


Copacabana


Copacabana


Kazdy musi brac udzial w krnawale w Rio


Parada kanrnawalowa


Tak tez mozna miec popoludniowa drzemke


Slumsy w Brazylii nazywaja sie favelas. To jest Rocinha - najwieksza favela w Ameryce Lacinskiej


Rocinha - najwieksze slumsy w Ameryce Lacinskiej


Rocinha - najwieksze slumsy w Ameryce Lacinskiej


Nasz grupa opuszcza hotel w Rio

Poranek w Rio - pomnik Chrystusa Zbawiciela


Pomnik Chrystusa Zbawiciela


Widok na Rio (zdjecie zrobione przez jedna z osob z naszej grupy)


Widok na miasto ze wzgorza w parku Tijuca


Katedra w Rio


Katedra w Rio


Miejscowa restauracja w Rio - steki sa chyba najbardziej popularne nawet w Brazylii


Copacabana


Copacabana


Ciekawe okulary


Karnawal w Rio to nie tylko parada grup samby ale niezliczone imprezy na ulicach miasta


Bezdomni spia na ulicach


Tak tez mozna miec popoludniowa drzemke


Rocinha graniczy z jedna z nowoczesnych dzielnic Rio


Rocinha - najwieksze slumsy w Ameryce Lacinskiej


Rocinha - najwieksze slumsy w Ameryce Lacinskiej


Wczesny poranek na Copacabana - bezdomni zbieraja wszystko co mozna sprzedac. Dzisiaj wyjezdzamy z Rio.

Paraty


Nasza grupa na zalanych uliczkach Paraty


Zalane uliczki Paraty


Wybrzeze Paraty


Lodzie w malym porcie w Paraty


Lodzie w malym porcie w Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Wybrzeze w Paraty


Wybrzeze w Paraty


Nasz hotel w Paraty



Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Paraty


Wybrzeze w Paraty



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