When we decided to use Sao Paulo as just a stopover, we weren’t sure if we had made the right decision. Between our bus from Paraty and the bus to Iguazu that evening, we had a few hours to get out and explore the city.
Still feeling sad from having to leave Ilha Grande so soon, we took the ferry back to Angra Dos Rios and jumped on a bus to Paraty. After the 2 hour bus ride along the picturesque Brazilian coastline we arrived in Paraty’s bus terminal without having any accommodation sorted. The internet was almost non existent in Ilha Grande so we just had to wing it in Paraty.
The scene welcoming us as we approached the shore was just picture perfect. After catching a 3 hour bus from Rio and a ferry from Angra Dos Reis we had arrived on Ilha Grande – paradise! After quickly checking in to our accommodation, Poussada dos Meros, we ran back to the beach to take in all the beauty this island has on offer. I might have overworked my camera trying to capture everything, pointing and screaming like a lunatic, repeating “Look babes, check this!” or “That is so gorgeous…” every 5 seconds!
You don’t leave Rio without experiencing the crazy night life in Lapa. Streets are over packed with party lovers sipping ciapirinhas for as cheap as BRL5 from colourful pop up bars, dancing to the rhythm of the ever inviting samba.
Rio de Janerio – Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City) earns its name without a doubt! Being surrounded by gorgeous mountains with spectacular views of the Corcovado (hunchback) and Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) from all around the city, people watching on the world famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, dancing the night away on the streets of Lapa to the seductive sounds of samba bands have proven that this city has it all.
We arrived in Rio late on a Monday afternoon. With the warm welcoming breeze came the realization that most of the layers of clothing we had on needed shedding quickly and we were happy to embrace the gorgeous autumn evening Rio was hugging us with. So long London and it’s crappy weather!