having got here safe, staying safe is apparently more difficult! nearly everyone we have spoken to has been mugged, its not nice living in fear whenever you go out, in fact we are debating whether or not to take the camera with us to cristo redentor tomorrow, hm. having said that it is a cool place, lots to see, went favela touring today, we will put some pics up shortly, that was a good experience. summed up rio...lush greenery, poverty, density of population and vegetation, and of course the wealth which lies alongside quite comfortably, bizarre. we are leaving rio in a couple of days for ilha grande, an idyllic island, we are just hoping the weather picks up, bit stormy and humid today, very tropical!