After the passport drama I encountered when I left Ubatuba, I was lucky that the bus driver let me on the bus and continue on my journey to Rio de Janeiro. What an amazing city it was!
Rio was everything I had imagined about Brazil – the city where all the stereotypes came true. Beautiful people sitting at cafes, girls walking like supermodels in Copacabana. There were all the more-than-half-naked people at the beach in Ipanema. There was the Samba music playing in the street from the favellas on the hill. There was the gigantic Christos spying on me from every different angle of the city – no hiding from that one!
Here are a few photos from my trip to Rio de Janeiro:
At the beach in Ipanema. Barely room to get a spot. The waves were fun to bodysurf.
Typical Sunday at the beach!
At the mosaic steps in at Escadaria Selarón.
View of the Christos on top of Sugarloaf at sunset.
I got to escape the fast paced city life of Sao Paulo for a long weekend at the beach. The first beach I went to was called Ubatuba. The town is also know as “Chuvatuba” because chuva is the Portuguese word for rain and it rains so much there. Sure enough, it rained while I was there.
We stayed at Tribo Hostel which was cozy and clean and had a friendly staff. Celise had stayed her several times. It is just 2 blocks from the beach. I spent 2 days in Ubatuba hanging out on the beach and watching the skim boarders do their thing. To see an awesome video of what they do, check this out!
We met some nice locals and even got invited to someone’s home to make an amazing rice and seafood dish with fresh crab. We did a photo shoot with a mask on the wall, had an awesome time reminiscing about our lifeguard days and posing like Baywatch, and an old man tried to kiss me when I asked to take a photo of the 2 of us. Sneaky!