The Road to Iguacu
Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park
Macuco Boat Safari
Iguazu Falls Rest.
Foz Tropicana Aviary
6 - Rafain Churrascaria
7 - The Road to Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling
10 - Farewell to Fernando
11 - The Road to Rio
12 - The Hippie Market
13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain
14 - Copacabana Palace
15 - Too Much Gluten
16 - Botanical Gardens
17 - Buzios
18 - Copacabana
19 - Ipanema Beach
20 - Plataforma Show
21 - Corcovado Mountain
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BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
7 - RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL
Relaxing on our balcony in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
Varig sandwich later, we arrive at Rio de Janeiro International
Airport at about 7:30pm on Saturday, November 5th -
the 13th airport of our vacation. As we depart
the baggage claim, our pre-reserved transfer through
Rio Apartments is nowhere to be found. After waiting
for about ten minutes, we cut our losses and take a
special taxi to our apartment in Ipanema for about $67BR.
Rio Apartments was apologetic, though they said their
driver was there, and refunded our money for this portion
of the transfer. They had previously picked up
Bertil and Kicki, who had no issue at all - they were
very happy with the service.
At the apartment,
we are met by Sandra's mom, Kicki and her long-time
beau, Bertil, who had arrived three days prior.
After a gleeful reunion, we check out the apartment
- it's a three bedroom, three bathroom flat on the fourth
floor, about four blocks from the beach. The apartment
is well-furnished and equipped with all the comforts
of home - cable television, DSL internet, a washing
machine, and a large balcony with patio furniture overlooking
is 24-hour security with a doorman who doesn't speak
English, but is always friendly. Hardwood
floors are decorated with black modern furniture,
and there is a fully equipped kitchen. The
outlets are powered with 110V electricity with 2-pronged
non-polarized outlets. Luckily, we'd come
fully equipped with adapters, so it was no problem.
a quick unpacking and a shower, Kicki and Bertil
show us their new favorite restaurant,
Manoel & Juaquim, on Rua Farme de Amoedo, where
we have some quite tasty Filet Mignon for a very
reasonable price of about $36BR ($16) for both of
us. We drink Brazilian wine (yes, there is
such a thing), and have a nice evening before retiring
to our room for the evening. Tomorrow we are
to meet our guide, who we had booked through Luiz
Rio Life. Luiz was very helpful to us,
and not only customized a tour itinerary for us,
but also assisted us a great deal in setting up
our special day on Tuesday - our 10th Wedding Anniversary.
We highly recommend Luiz - we would book with him
again, there is no question.
Outdoor dining at Manoel
& Juaquim Restaurant.
Continue to Day 8 - Ipanema Hippie Market
or select an option from the menu at left.