First stop in Brazil was Rio for the last few days of the carnival. The whole city was buzzing and everywhere we turned there was a street party! Brazilians love there samba music and the majority of the street parties consisted of a group of people drumming surrounded by thousands of locals (and us 2) dancing. By the end me and jamie were pretty much pro's at dancing la samba!
We did a city tour on the third day which took us up to see the Christ statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain which are really big tourist attractions. You get a great view of the whole of Rio from up there and can see how beautiful the city actually is.
We also did a tour of the Favelas which is where the majority crime generates from in Brazil. We got taken to the top by a local kid on a motor bike who, much to my delight, decided he would race his friend. I wouldn't call myself a nervous passenger usually but when your in the middle of the Favelas, on a bike with some random Brazilian (more than likely a drug dealer) who is racing his friend, it definately wouldn't go down in my fonder memories of the trip. He nearly crashed three times but for some reason that to him meant speed up! The tour was really interesting and showed us what dreadful conditions these people live.
We met a group of guys after two days of arriving that we hung around with the majority of the time. Two American guys had there own apartment so we would usually start the night off there before heading out. There was also an Australian who we will be meeting up with agiain when we get to Sydney.
On the final day in Rio we went to the winners parade at La Samba Drome. Its where all the different samba schools parade all there floats and dancers infront of thousands of people in the stands. It was amazing how much time, effort and money goes into the floats and dance routines........very impressive!
After Rio we went for a bit of a detox on a little island called Ilhe Grande. It was very remote and very quiet which was just what we were looking for after Rio! Relaxed there for a few days before heading down to Sao Paulo for one night. We met up with our friend that we had met in Washington who took us to a few local bars with his friends. Was a really good place for a night out but theres not too much to see in Sao Paulo so I think one night was definately enough.