Exploring Rio – Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

15th July One of our final stops in Rio before heading back to the UK was the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado. This is a serious tourist trap; overcrowded, overpriced and  very over-done, but it also felt like the one thing we couldn’t miss in Rio…

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Exploring Rio – Lapa


14th and 15th July We may have spent our first four nights in Rio slumming it in the Rocinha favela thanks to the hugely inflated World Cup accommodation prices, but thankfully right after the weekend of the final match Sam and I were able to switch to a more reasonably priced hostel in…

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Exploring Rio – Santa Teresa

World Cup Mural

12th July  Rio de Janeiro, we discovered, is an absolutely enormous city with dozens of different districts to explore, so varied that it can feel like you’re visiting multiple cities at once. From the Rocinha favela, where we were staying in the midst of the busy slum town, to the…

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Brazil World Cup in Photos

The 'FIFA go home' tag was to be seen a lot in Rio's centre

This year, I was lucky enough to be in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, and I was even in Rio for the final. As you’ve probably noticed, there were mixed feeling across the country about hosting the World Cup, with large-scale protesting last year certainly influenced by the decision, and…

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Photo Friday… Cool Cat in Rio

Cat, Rio

We spotted this stray cat taking a nap in one of the peddle carts available for hire along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, an enormous lake in Rio’s city centre. I just thought he made a great photo, all curled up in the chair for a cheeky nap!

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Staying in a Favela in Rio

Rocinha Favela

  10th – 14th July  It was the very first day of the final week of our five month trip, so of course, everything had to go wrong. We arrived in Rio after a slow and uncomfy bus ride from Paraty which took a fair amount longer than the scheduled four hours;…

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Trindade Beach near Paraty

4th – 10th July 2014 The fourth stop in our Brazil itinerary, Paraty, was a bit of an odd choice given our current northern location, but, as I mentioned before in my Porto Seguro post, our route was somewhat misshapen since our destination choices were dictated by budget, with the…

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Porto Seguro – Centro Historico

Porto Seguro Centro Historico

On our second day in Porto Seguro, we visited the Centro Historico, a small strip of colonial buildings perched on top of the lush, green hill overlooking the town. Most of the buildings were unused, some now housing museums and exhibitions, or bustling souvenir shops, but the brightly coloured paintwork…

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Photo Friday – Pirate Ship

Porto Seguro

This week’s Photo Friday is one of the shots that wouldn’t fit into today’s post about Porto Seguro. Sam snapped this picture of a fishing boat lit up at night, and I love the way it looks like it’s floating in blackness. If you look closely, you can spot the…

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Porto Seguro

Mutari, Porto Seguro

25th – 3rd July 2014 I’ve already mentioned that one side effect of the World Cup in Brazil this year was the stadiums driving visitors to towns which previously weren’t major tourist hotspots, like Belo Horizonte. Another effect was that the huge inflation of prices – particularly accommodation prices – in…

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