I was nervous about my trip too…
The next two posts are about my 10 day experience in Brazil. Don’t worry, you will have an amazing time. I was completely convinced something was going to happen. If you are smart about things (like any other big city) you will be just fine 🙂 This first post is about our stay in Bogofoto Brazil.
Flying to Rio was not as bad as I thought it would be.
Yes, it was a crazy long flight from Austin Texas (about 9 hours). HOWEVER! The Delta Gods looked down on us. We had a whole row to ourselves!
We got to Bogofoto around 8am Rio time, which was 4am Austin time. We chose this location because it is in between the sugar loaf and Christ the Redeemer statue. When ever we book Hostels, we look at how close it is to transportation (meaning busses or a subway).
We hit the town!
Ok, we mainly walked around, it was 8am and nothing was open. We found the metro and bus systems VERY intuitive. I HIGHLY recommend understanding the metro system before you travel to Rio. It was only a couple bucks each way and will save you a lot of time.
We looked on trip advisor for the Lapa stairs. It was suppose to be within walking distance. Something funky happened and it lead us through a favela to someones house (?) but we were not discouraged. We just took a taxi which was very worth while.
The White arches in Lapa is a great place to eat with live music on the weekends. I would recommend going to the stairs around sunset, then eating dinner close by with some live music. During the Weekend, those streets were really packed if you are looking for a party and some good Samba Dancing.
The next morning we woke up to people outside our Hostel hammering and speaking really loud. “What is going on outside?” we thought.
A local market was right outside our window! FUN! We bought fresh watermelon, and ingredients to make guacamole for lunch. Note: They do not have tortilla chips in Brazil. We resorted to Pringles which is not a bad substitute.
It was a slightly rainy that day, so we walked to a local mall and shopped around, not much success but thought it was interesting they had “Black week” like black Friday. But all week… (?)
Anyway, Ben had some main points he wants to hit while traveling, and one was Brazilian BBQ! Fogo de Chao it is! I know this is a chain all over the world but it had the best reviews and was within walking distance. For the WIN!
I am not much of a steak person but this place is GOOD! We even got the pineapple dessert with sugar and cinnamon. Yum.
The next morning we walked to the Parque Lage, This was a walled off park close to the lake. Really fun atmosphere, I highly recommend going for lunch. We also saw a bunch of pregnant women getting their picture taken around the grounds. I think this might be a cultural thing.
We were averaging 6 but really went over board this day. Sugar Loft Mountain was next!
We read on Trip Advisor that Sugar Loaf Mountain is the #1 thing to do in Rio. We questioned that because of the Corcovado Cristo Statue is suppose to be an 8th wonder of the world. After going, I have to agree.
It was a little cloudy at first and we were worried once we got to the top, we wouldn’t see anything. Rio did not disappoint! I recommend going and spending at least a half a day there. Both lifts have places to eat. Sit down and soak in the view for a while.
In the last two pictures, you can see Copacabana beach. This is a must if you go to Rio. They are full of colorful umbrellas and the classic black and white sidewalk swirls. The locals were playing volley ball but only with their feet and heads. Looked really difficult.
At night they have a market where local vendors sell. We bought some fun souvenirs and called it a night.
The next day was a slow morning (because we can do that on vacation) we went to the Corcovado Statue. I wont bore you with the details but it was cloudy. Check out my next post to learn the best way to reach the top!