"Sun Samba and soccer" Rio de Janeiro by jetwind
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1. Rio De Janeiro Means river of January
2. The local currency is the Real
3. The official language is Portuguese
4. Time zone is – 3 hours of GMT
Ok the title of this chapter is straight of a James bond movie, "Moonraker". It’s a good question though and one that is easily answered, there are the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as well as sugarloaf mountain, there’s Christ the redeemer at the peak of the Corcovado and if you’re interested in looking at what life is like for the very poor then you can take a tour of shanty towns.
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The city by the sea is beutiful in parts and is a most see on anyones world destinations hit list, however for me the city is devided into two halfs. The first half is the wealthy that live along the coast line in highrise air-conditioned apartments enjoying all the trappings of this beautiful citylife and the other lives in hills and are by contrast extremley poor and in some cases live rough on the streets. There are kids that sleep in the baking mid day sun naked on the street sidewalks because they have no where else to go. As a consequence there is a very high crime level against tourists being pick pocketed or just robbed and beaten up and in some cases this actioned by children no older than 12 or 13 years old.
I do think its a little sad that you now can take a tour of the pooriest areas as I fail to see how poverty can be a tourist attraction.
In saying all of that if you show some common sense and you'll be fine.
- Pros:Cheap when you get there
- Cons:Expensive to get there
- In a nutshell:Carnival capital
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