|Pedro do Arpoador|
|Christ the Redeemer statue as the clouds are rolling in|
|Copacabana - tons of fishermen are here with stand up paddleboarders and the city in the background|
|famous painted tile steps by Selaron|
|Other side of lake on the gondola|
|Not much of a view|
|Finally a small clearing on the way down|
|view of Pao do Azucar|
|the ride to the bottom was nice|
|we arrived at the bottom as it was getting dark|
Samba Palace Hostel
In what appears to be a somewhat more residential area but close to the touristy areas. Nice and quiet and only 25R a night for dorm room with breakfast. Nice staff and a grocery close by.
My first day here I walked around Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.
I took the night bus from Ouro Preto to Rio for 108R. It left at 10PM and I walked with a group of University students to the bus station who said its safe to walk at night and its only a half mile albeit a bit uphill. I arrived in Rio at 4:30AM so I took a taxi. They had 4 official taxi companies so I went to the most crowded and it cost me 25R to Laranjeiras.
Free walking tour (freewalkertour.com). The tour was good and lasted about 3 hours. A group of us went to Pao do Azucar after but it wasnt worth it. It 62R and there was no view at the top. We stopped to wait but on the way down the clouds parted for a moment and we saw a small view.