From the beach to the favelas in Rio de Janeiro
When we asked Lara and Terry to include Rio de Janeiro on the Grantourismo itinerary and stay in a cute Ipanema apartment, they jumped at the chance. Terry had never been to Rio and Lara first visited the city 15 years ago. After they caught the first glimpse of their contemporary two-bedroom apartment, Lara knew they were about to experience a rather different Rio... Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
An incomparable city with a unique atmosphere, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere. Our Grantourismo team spent two weeks there in a funky apartment located just two blocks from the beach. Considering their amazing location, a stroll along the gorgeous stretch of sand known as Ipanema beach was the couple's first task and a duty they decided they would take seriously each day. A great place to observe the local people, Ipanema beach is a meeting point for the Cariocas (the locals of Rio de Janeiro) who go there to either jog, surf, walk their dogs, read a newspaper or just soak up the sun. It was on the beach that the couple actually met Manoela Gentil, a 25 year-old Carioca and Ipanema resident
who offered them an insight into this unique, fun and diverse city.
However, life in Rio is not all about beach, football and samba. There are significant disparities between the rich and the poor, with thousands of people living in favelas or shanty towns. To learn more about their history, our Grantourismo team decided to visit two different favelas
: a small community called Vila Canoas, which has a population of around 3,000 people and Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America. One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Para Ti, a special NGO
that helps improve living conditions in the community.
Finally, to get a different taste of Rio, Lara and Terry also decided to explore the Brazilian cuisine and its amazing cocktails. The best way to understand a culture is to go into its kitchen, so the couple learned how to cook simple home-cooked Brazilian food with Chef Simone Theisen
, while later on during their stay they had a go at perfecting the classic Caipirinha
. And to dig even deeper into Rio's local culture, the couple also attended a football game between two of the most popular teams in Rio de Janeiro during a Viator football tour
- Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home'
in Rio de Janeiro was a two-bedroom apartment located on the sixth floor of a characterful old building on Ipanema's main street. The property is fitted out in a contemporary minimalist style with vibrant local art on the walls and funky touches, like hand-stenciling on the walls. The place is light-filled and there are rear window views onto the apartments behind.
Read Lara and Terry's full review of the property in Rio de Janeiro
The property is available to rent on HomeAway.co.uk (Property 432731).
Next stop...Argentina, stay tuned!
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