40 000 feet heading to Foz de Iguassu and wrapping up 3 weeks in Rio de Janeiro. How can that already be 3 weeks?
Here is the video of our first week at Rio carnival! Nuria my colleague/friend decided to visit coming straight from Paris so here we were, representing Spain and France, and Convivialité in Rio.
Rio carnival is unmissable. The blocos/ bands in the street, the fantasias /costumes,the beats, the people partying all the way, this was pure fun and madness!
See some costumes below!
But the best show was definitively at the Sambodromo.
From 9pm to 6am, you see all the samba schools performing one after the other. Our favorite was Portela – the blue one in the video. Just spectacular. Starting off with skydivers arriving from nowhere – to wake up the audience, it was already 2:30am, the samba filled with energy – listen to the first music in the video, the parades showcasing the story of humanity with a level of professionalism and technique that was simply stunning!
A few tips for when you visit Rio:
Find peace in the city >> go to Parque Lage and have a coffee or brunch. This is also fro this park that the trail to go to the Corcovado starts, if you feel like climbing up a bit!
Best beach outside Rio city center >> Prainha – surfing beach that is just spectacular. Surrounded by mountains and with really good kiosks selling ‘gourmet junk’.
Best bar with a view >> Bar da Lage in Favela Vidigal. Go to Vidigal – just after Leblon- and if you like adrenalin (or if you just didn’t turn your head to the right where the vans are), take a moto taxi to go up up up to the top of the favela.
When you get up there- these moto taxis do go fast – you just want to have a caipirinha, right here, right now, super cold, because yes you are still alive!!! Ok just give me 2!
This bar is so cool I went twice.
And finally… the classics!
Corcovado>> yes they will probably announce a 2-3 hours wait for the train but go there with a smile, a few Portuguese words and you may get a space in the next one like we did!
Escadaria Selaron >> walk up the stairs, turn left and 10 minutes after – ok, 20 according to the guys, you are at the top of Santa Teresa where you can eat in Bar do Mineiro. A bit dark to walk up there but I had 4 bodyguards!
Best pasta in town>> send the Argentinians to the kitchen, if you are lucky one will actually be a chef. Gracias Che, that was well worth doing the dishes!