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October 23, 2021

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta New Mexico

In October 2021 drove from Austin Texas to Albuquerque New Mexico, Its a 12 hour drive, took an over night break in Amarillo Texas

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an amazing event with 100's of hot air balloons that fill up the sky. See video below, a must visit for anyone


Entrance tickets cost U$D 15 per session, there are 2 sessions 1 in the morning, gates open around 5 AM and second in the evening starting at 3:30 PM on the weekends, on weekdays there is just one morning session

Stay - I stayed at an Airbnb downtown for $115 a night, prices during the Balloon fiesta are high.

Besides the Balloon Fiesta, I did visit Cibola National Forest, beautiful hike with amazing views



I also visited Old Town Albuquerque, that video coming soon, stay tuned.

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October 9, 2021

Cadillac Ranch Amarillo Texas

2nd Amendment Texas Cowboy
In October of 2021 took a road trip from Hutto which is a suburb of Austin Texas to Albuquerque New Mexico, its a 12 hour drive and took an over night break in Amarillo Texas. With stopping for Gasoline it took about 8 hours to get to Amarillo.

Stay: Got a last minute deal for a motel with 2 queen size beds for around U$D 80 on booking.com which included breakfast.

No visit to Cadillac ranch is complete without visiting the 2nd Amendment Texas Cowboy statue (Picture on left) its 5 minutes away from the Ranch.

Map below of my drive


Got to Amarillo at about 7 PM and headed straight to the Cadillac Ranch. Check the video below for details.


Next day I stopped at route 66 visitors center, after which I left for Albuquerque New Mexico to see the International Balloon Fiesta.

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August 4, 2021

Nairobi and the Wonders of Maasai Mara

Visited Maasai Village

On the banks of the Nairobi River, this fast-growing metropolis is one of the largest cities in Kenya. The city is constantly growing and adapting, with chaotic roadways, open green spaces, and beautiful natural attractions just on the outskirts.  It is a very enjoyable place to spend a few days before beginning a safari!

When to Visit


The climate in Nairobi has comfortable, temperate conditions all year.  The nights are cool, and the days are warm with temperatures around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.  Temperatures are highest in December to March, while the best time to see migrations are from July to October.  The wettest months are April and May, so be sure to plan ahead to get good prices while avoiding the rainy season.

Best Things to do in Nairobi


There are amazing activities both inside and outside the city of Nairobi for you to enjoy when visiting. 

The best way to get around Nairobi is by taxi or matatu.  Taxis don’t use meters and can be notoriously unreliable.  Use a reputable company only, and verify the average cost of a ride with a third party to ensure you don’t get ripped off.  Matatus are basically short buses, and they add to the chaos and confusion of the dizzying roadways.  But, they offer an easy and inexpensive way to get around.  If you aren’t going far, then walking on foot is usually a good option—many neighbourhoods have improving safety for visitors, but it is always best to check with your hotel first.
Downtown Kenya offers many attractions such as the old parliament buildings.  There is excellent colonial architecture in the downtown area.  If you want to learn more about the history and culture, check out the Nairobi National Museum.  Looking for some time away from hectic traffic?  Spend your afternoon at the lovely Jeevanjee Gardens, or cool off at Africa’s largest ice skating rink, Solar Ice Rink.  A visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where baby elephants and rhinos live, is an incredible way to support conservation efforts and get an up-close glimpse of these playful giants.

Find quality souvenirs and goods at the Maasai Market—a huge open-air market filled with vendors selling any number of handcrafted items and local delicacies.  Masai Market is only open on weekends.




Food in Nairobi


If food is a big component of your travel, you can enjoy excellent Kenyan, Ethiopian, and Indian cuisine in Nairobi. Common local foods include Chai, beans, cornmeal, and chapatis which are a lovely thin, crispy bread.

The adventurers can turn their eyes to the horizons beyond Kenya—here you will find the northern face of Kilimanjaro.  You can trek up this mountain or the nearby Mount Kenya.  The true adventure lies to the west, at Masai Mara National Reserve.


Visit Wonderful Maasai Mara


If you are in Kenya, a can’t-miss destination is the Masai Mara game reserve.  Masai Mara (also known as Maasai Mara or The Mara) is one of Kenya’s largest game reserves.  This is a popular destination for those that visit Kenya.

Getting There


About 280 kilometres away from the city centre of Nairobi, the easiest ways to get to Masai Mara are driving and flying.  The drive takes around 6 hours along a smooth, scenic road to Narok.  After the Narok pit stop, the road gets rougher, with pot holes or dirt roads only.  You can rent a 4x4 and a driver for the day to take you to Masai Mara. 
The other alternative is to fly.  A short 45-minute flight will take you over top of the expansive landscape.  Many safaris offer chartered flight options.

I used African Comfort Zone Safaris. The cost was around 300 USD for 3 days and 2 nights safari, and I recommend them. 


Visiting


The Masai Mara area is mostly open grassland, making it an excellent spot for wildlife viewing.  There are almost one hundred land animals and over four hundred birds that call the area home.  It is an important area of studying wildlife conservation and for visitors to garner respect and appreciation for these expansive natural surroundings.

The annual wildebeest migration sees 1.5 million animals coming into the are in July and leaving in November.  This is a prime time to visit, and it is common for visitors any time of the year to see the Big Five—buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.  Other common animal sightings include zebra, crocodile, baboon, warthog, gazelle, cheetah, and hyena.

Out of the Big Five—buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino. Saw 4 and the one I did not see is Rhino.


The best way to see Masai Mara is with a safari guide.  The local Masai people work with certain companies to offer an in-depth and unique view of the animals and the local culture.  These guides know the land like no other and are able to provide visitors an authentic experience.  Stay at a basecamp, and work your way out from there with your guide on day trips, night safaris, outlying camps, and visits to local communities.  Many of these camps are truly world-class retreats where you are treated to excellent local cuisine, and comfortable lodgings.


However you choose to explore Nairobi and Masai Mara, it is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with unforgettable sites and wonders. 



2 pictures above - The Safari Van driver stopped at Rift Valley view point for some coffee. Read more about the rift valley at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Page.









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April 17, 2021

Things to do in Oahu Hawaii

oahu
Photo taken on my helicopter ride over Oahu


Visited O'ahu Hawaii in March 2021 for 9 days, a negative covid test was required for anyone visiting the island, please check before your date of departure for requirements for visiting Hawaii

Hawaii is expensive compared to mainland USA, Plan and budget accordingly.

Stay - I stayed with friends and family

Transportation - I used rideshare companies like Uber a lot, one can also rent a car

Things to do and see

1. Pearl Harbor

Rideshare driver dropped me in front of the memorial, and I walked the Memorial grounds. To walk the memorial grounds and see USS Arizona is free, however to get an audio tour of the complex there is cost, not sure of the audio tour cost as I didn't take it 

I arrived at about noon and spent over 2 hours at the complex, including a visit to USS Arizona. To visit USS Arizona one needs to take a boat, its free though you'll need to register at https://www.recreation.gov/ for a ticket, I went and had my name on the standby list and was able to visit.

2. Go to a Lu'au



If this is your first time in Hawaii, I highly recommend a Luau. The one I went to was Chief's Luau, it was amazing, basically Luau is a party with food, drinks and an entertainment show.

Luau and a doors off Helicopter ride over Oahu were the 2 of top things to do while in Oahu Hawaii


3. Hikes 












I am out of shape, and 2 easy hikes I recommend are Diamond Head and Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail. The views from the top of Diamond Head are wroth all the walk up the peak. If you are not Oahu resident you'll need to buy a 5 dollar ticket to hike Diamond Head.

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail is on a paved road, one can stop on the way to take a break, on a clear sunny day one can see whales in the sea. This is a free hike. The drive to the start of the hike from Waikiki is just beautiful 

4. Beaches 

With beautiful weather and world famous beaches, Oahu has it all, if Surfing is your thing then head to Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore Oahu. There are several scuba diving and snorkeling places around the island. If whale watching is what you are looking for, on a clear day Makapuu Lighthouse hike is where I saw several whales. I also visited Turtle bay, a few minutes before Turtle bay is the Dole Pineapple planation, worth a stop.

One day 3 of my trip I went to see Mokoli'i island also known as Chinaman's Hat, could not find parking so decided to go to Lanikai Beach.

On day 4, I went for dinner to a fancy restaurant on Waikiki beach, reservations are needed and the whole Waikiki area caters to tourists, it is all overpriced.

5. Helicopter Ride over Oahu

I did the doors off Helicopter tour for 45 minutes over Hawaii, the cost was USD 285. If price is not an issue and you are not scared of heights, its a must do, once in a life time experience.





6. Food 

Poke

Experience the local food, its really good. I ate at all kinds of places, support local restaurants. For breakfast one place that's really good is Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen, its busy so call ahead. I had the Pancakes with macadamia nut sauce, it was good!!

I also ate a lot of seafood, both poke (raw fish) and cooked seafood. For poke I recommend Izakaya Nonbei, the poke was delicious, call ahead for reservations.



7. Iolani Palace 















This one is for the History Buffs, the Palace was the resident of the rulers of the kingdom of Hawaii. Reservations are needed for a guided tour, I didn't have a tour schedule reservation, paid USD 5 for a self partial tour of the Palace.

8. Oahu Catamaran sail Cruise

Sunset cruise with open bar, this is one fun activity to do in Oahu, instead of sitting inside the boat, I was out side in the front of the catamaran, we hit rough sea's and I was complete soaked. Again this is one fun thing to do, great dinner and the Mai Tai were amazing. 





















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September 23, 2020

Eureka Springs Arkansas Visit

 Eureka Springs is a beautiful town near the Ozark mountains, about a 9 hour drive from Austin Texas

Visited Eureka Springs Arkansas during the Labor Day weekend September 5th through the 7th 2020. My 2nd time in Arkansas, both times I stayed in Fort Smith, first time I was in Fayetteville and this time I went up to Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs is home to its famous springs, one can take a spa package 

Eureka Springs has amazing Victorian houses.

My first stop was Christ of the Ozarks


christ of ozarks

About a 15 minute drive from the State of the Christ is the Thorn Crown Chapel

What a Beautiful Chapel in the woods

thorn crown chapel



 



The chapel is a must see, if you do go take a spring bath, the massage after that can be too oily something you can opt out off.

Happy Travels!
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February 28, 2020

San Pedro de Atacama Chile Travel



Municipalidad De San Pedro de Atacama, is a block away from Caracoles Street, across the street is the Church of San Pedro de Atacama and there is a park, tourist office and a Medical post next to the Municipalidad.


I spent 5 days getting myself ready for the high altitude travel to Salar de Uyuni Bolivia.San Pedro de Atacama is Number 2 travel destination in Chile after Patagonia. Don't expect any fancy shopping malls.

Learn some Spanish. Though English is widely spoken.

San Pedro de Atacama Chile has one of the most beautiful night skies

How to get there - I flew from Santiago Chile to Calama, from Calama airport as you walk towards the exit, one sees the Airport shuttle booths, pick one its fixed price. From Calama it takes little over an hour to get to San Pedro de Atacama. The Shuttle is about 10k Chilean Pesos one way and will drop you at your hotel/hostel.

Stay - I stayed at Anka Hostel next to Caracoles Street, stay near Caracoles, its the main street with tons of tours agencies, money exchange, shopping, and great eating places. I loved my stay at Anka. Good breakfast, clean rooms and friendly staff.

Food - I during my 5 days ate at several places. One place that stands out for great Chilean food is Las Delicias de Carmen, its awesome and had a very good beer selection. Picture below.



There was a pharmacy next to my hostel, went there to get some altitude sickness pills and they wanted a prescription, there is a medical post in town, went to see the doctor there free of charge, had to pay for pills only.

Tours - I did the valley of the moon tour.



The reason they call it valley of moon is because it resembles the moon surface or so my guide told us. If you do this tour the sunset if beautiful, there are also bicycle tours in the morning where you rent and peddle by yourself.

My days were spent on the hammock in the hostal yard doing nothing, occasionally going to the ice-cream shop on Caracoles or to a café.

Happy Travels, stay near Caracoles in San Pedro de Atacama

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February 26, 2020

Ushuaia Argentina Travel

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

I took a flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, it claims to be the southern most city in the world. Puerto Williams Chile makes the same claim and it more south, visited there as well, Ushuaia has more going for it than Puerto Williams. Ushuaia is Beautiful city with snow caped hills on one side and ocean on the other.

Airport to Town Taxi - cost is about USD 10

Ushuaia is not budget friendly, plan accordingly. I was there overnight as the next afternoon I had a ship to catch to go to Antarctica.

Transportation - one can walk everywhere

Weather - dress warm, I was there in January which is there summer and needed a Jacket

San Martin Avenue is the main street with all kinds of eating places and shopping. One can also find tourist agencies selling tours to Antarctica.

One place I recommend for coffee and sandwiches is Tante Sara Cafe Bar. I also ate at 137 Pizza. Both are located on San Martin Avenue.




Tourist info office, you can get maps and all the info you need.




Along the Shore one finds all the cabin shops selling shipping and sailing tours along the Beagle Channel.


Happy Travels
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February 20, 2020

Buenos Aires Argentina Travel

Buenos Aires - Argentina

Well the Plan was to spend 3 days in Buenos Aires, things don't always work out as planned and with bad weather and flight delays, my time in Buenos Aires was cut short by 2 days.

Café Tortoni
Café Tortoni

Airport and immigration

The process is simple, though expect long line, kind of reminded me of Cancun Airport immigration 

There are ATM machines at the Airport.

Taxi - As you exit the immigration, there are car rental and taxi booths, don't stop at those, exit the Baggage claim area and you'll see the main Taxi booth, book your taxi there, its a fixed price.

Stay- I stayed at America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires, clean comfortable and really good breakfast.

Transportation - I used metered Taxi, cheap and safe

Picture to the right is Café Tortoni one of the best places in Buenos Aires to see a Jazz or tango show

Free walking tour, as with most cities BA has a good walking tour it starts at the Congress Building  and ends at the Pink Govt house.

Congress Building 

Pink house
The tour goes through the July 9th Avenue, Link to wiki page to the avenue is below, a good read

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_de_Julio_Avenue


Obelisk de Buenos Aires located in the Plaza de la República is worth seeing aswell.




If you have time, I recommend checking out the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral





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February 17, 2020

Things to do In Addis Ababa Ethiopia

I have visited Addis twice since my last visit in 2015. What used to be a Poor sub Saharan city is now a African major business hub thanks in part to Chinese investments.There is a new Airport, a Metro light rail and high rise buildings under construction all over the city.

Airport and Immigration

USA passport holders have visa on Arrival, the fee is USD $50

Weather is good throughout the Year


Haile Selassie Church (Trinity Church)

How to get there - Take a cab

There is 200 Birr  entrance fee for foreigners.

Haile Selassie was Ethiopian King, his tomb is inside the church



The whole Place can be seen in less then hour, there is also the tomb of Meles Zenawi, Ethopian Prime Minister in the church grounds.

Entoto Hill and National Museum of Ethiopia

I visited these 2 during my 2015 visit, link to my 2015 Ethiopia Travels 


Shola Market 

This is a huge Local Market, try to go there with a local.Due to camera issues, I lost pictures of the market, ask for permission before taking photos


Africa Union Building

I could not find any info on how to get inside to see the conference center, took a selfie from the outside



Tomoca Coffee




This is the oldest coffee shop and the most famous, there are several locations in Addis

What to Eat

Injera and Shiro is Bread with a tomato chickpea flower dish. Very common Ethiopian food

Ful - Made from Fava Beans, I went to a local restaurant and paid less then 2 USD for a meal, came with  bread and Egg.



There is Gara Market for Grocery shopping and Mulmul Bakery for baked foods.

For Souvenir shopping, there are several shops near the main post office.

More to come, stay tuned

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November 9, 2019

Things to do Kigali Rwanda

Visited Kigali in October 2019 for 3 days, it is a very clean and beautiful city.

Weather: October is slightly cold, bring a light Jacket.

How to get there: There are buses from neighboring countries, I flew from Kampala to Kigali on Rwanda Air, flight time was 40 minutes as opposed to 9 hours on a bus.

Safety: Kigali is a safe city, it felt very safe even at night.

Stay: I stayed at Mijo Hostel, in a dorm, it was 15 USD a night, the hostel is amazing. Huge hall with breakfast and sitting area, and a balcony at the back with views of the city center. It was close to several eating places, I ate at Gusto Italian pizzeria and Orchard Bakery and Cafe.

Airport visa, and how to get to the city: US citizens have visa on arrival, the cost is 30 USD, Airport to city Taxi was 15 USD. No Scams, my taxi driver spoke French and we had nice conversation, he was from the neighboring country of Burundi. Older people speak French and younger generation speak English as a second Language.

Transportation: I used a motorcycle driver to take me around Kigali

Things to do and See

Kigali Genocide Museum


This Museum is dedicated to the Rwanda genocide, the slaughter of Tutsi by Hutu.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_genocide

This museum is about a very sad past in Rwanda, the entrance is free, though donations are expected. Free guided tours are offered. Give yourself about an hour to see the place


Kimironko Market





One can find everything in this market from fresh produce to clothing to electronics and the list goes on, do yourself a favor and go with a  local and not alone.

Presidents Palace Museum


This Museum has been renamed to Rwanda Art Museum, beautiful paintings and art work inside. This used to be former President Habyarimana's home. There is an entrance fee to see the museum and to see the plane wreckage behind the museum, it includes a guide. The plane wreckage is of the plane that was shot down caring Habyarimana.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juvénal_Habyarimana

Photography is not allowed inside.

Grand Mosque 
Avoid

This was mentioned in a guide book to Rwanda so I decided to check it out. It was a Friday, a prayer day so I did not go inside as there were too many people there, my motorcycle driver wanted to pray. I decided to go to a coffee shop and wait for him.


Nyarutarama Lake Avoid

Again This was mentioned in a travel guide book to Rwanda so I decided to check it out. Little bigger than a pond, some kids were fishing there.

Happy Travels!

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October 30, 2019

Things to do in Kampala Uganda

Visited Kampala in October 2019 for 4 days.

Weather in October is rainy, I was lucky and it rained mostly during the night, I did rain once during the day while I was at lake Victoria, the rain lasted an hour and I ate a seafood lunch at one of the several restaurants till the rain stopped. Bring a light waterproof jacket, the days are warm and nights are cold.

How to get there - Kampala is the Capital of Uganda. I flew on Kenya airways from Nairobi Kenya on a direct flight to Kampala, there are buses from Kenya and Rwanda that go to Kampala, the flight was under an hour and a bus from Nairobi will take 12 hours.

Immigration Visa and Proof of yellow fever shot: American passport holders have visa on arrival, I paid 50 USD, they can also ask for proof of yellow fever vaccine. There is a makeshift clinic at the airport that will give you yellow fever shot for 40 USD.

You can also apply for eVisa here.

Picture above Right is a Buganda Monument, on The Royal Mile, the Gates are locked and only open for the King, only the King can pass through the gates and everyone else has to go around

Airport to City: The airport is in Entebbe and not in Kampala, an hour away. I took a Taxi, I had already researched the price, it was 30 USD, once out side the airport a taxi driver approached me, he asked me for 40 USD I countered at 30, he agreed and we were off to my hostel.

There are ATM's at Entebbe airport.

Stay: I stayed at Fat Cat Backpackers Hostel in a private room for 34 USD a night, Breakfast included, Very well located with several eating places nearby, I ate twice Indian vegetarian food at Hi Point Restaurant across the street from the hostel.

Scams in Kampala: I was taking pictures of Indian Temples around Kampala City Center when this man approached me and asked me if I was a Journalist, I said no and he shows me an ID and say's he is a cop and wants to see my passport, I knew it was a scam. I replied lets go to the Police station, and my motorcycle driver came over. I explained to my motorcycle driver whats going on, the driver told me he is fake cop and yelled at the scam artist.

Things to do in Kampala

My Hostel arranged for a full day tour of Kampala for 40 USD, the tour was on the backseat of a motorcycle also known as boda boda tour. Riding on the back of a motorcycle in an east African country is not for everyone. After breakfast at 9 AM my tour guide and motorcycle driver was waiting for me, he gave me his second helmet and we were off to see Kampala.

1) The Bahá'í House of Worship in Kampala



It's the only Bahá'í Temple in Africa and One of only seven Baha'i temples in the world. Its on a small hill with beautiful grounds, highly recommended.

No photography is allowed inside. Tours are free.


2) Gaddafi Mosque



The inside is beautiful, the dome artwork was dome by Moroccans, the carpet came from Libya, the stain glass from Italy and cannot remember where the chandeliers came from. Also I do recommend going to the top of the Minaret, one can see all of Kampala from all directions. Pretty cool.

There is a fee to enter the Mosque and go to the top of the Minaret, I had a tour guide that explained the history of the mosque, its located on Kampala hill in the old part of the town. Impala Animals used to live on the hill, and that's how Kampala got its name meaning land of the Impala.

As the name suggests, it was built by Gaddafi of Libya.



3)  Buganda Kings (Kabaka) Palace


Above the Ceremonial Parliament, the king goes there once a year as per my guide. 



Above the Kings palace. There is an entrance fee to the palace that comes with a guide, the guide called it Mengo Palace. Visitors are not allowed inside.

The Royal Mile to the Buganda Parliament building from the Kabaka Palace is very impressive.

The guide went on to explain the history, then we walked past some corn plantations to visit Idi Amin’s torture chamber. about 20,000 people were murdered there, the place used to be filled ankle high with water and then people were electrocuted. Having seen the movie 'Raid on Entebee', I knew some history.




4) City Center


The above picture taken from the balcony of a bar, there was soccer betting going on in the bar. It is legal to bet in Kampala. The hustle and bustle of the big city, quiet the chaos. Well worth a visit. I did not shop or eat there, I did visit the Indian Hindu and Sikh Temple there.


5) Lake Victoria Kampala


The lake is the largest in Africa and it stretches as far as Kenya and Tanzania, I went to the fish market and did eat at one of the many street restaurants there, also I was the only tourist there.

Fish Market Photos

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September 3, 2019

Things to do In Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, visited this Amazing city in the last week of August. The weather was just perfect, T shirt and shorts weather with slightly cooler nights.

Arrived at Rio de Janeiro–Galeao International Airport early morning, Immigration is quick and easy, took 2 minutes and I was out in the Arrival area of the Airport looking for an ATM machine, there are no ATM/Cash Machines in the international Arrivals, had to walk all the way to Domestic arrivals to find an ATM. There are several currency exchange places at the airport, which I did not use.

US passport holder do not need a visa for Brazil, check if you need Visa here.

Airport Taxi, there are official Taxi booths at the airport, use your bargain skills at those, the cost of a taxi from airport to city is about 60 Riyal. The airport has free Wi-Fi and you can try Uber also. 

Safety - I found Rio to safe, I took cabs at night, they have meters, no issues there, I also used Uber and the city metro all safe, I had my camera and cell Phone in My hand and no one tried anything, I actually found people to be friendly and helpful, basically I found Rio to be very safe. Now keep in mind that I didn't go walking into any favela's by myself. However I was drinking beer out in the open at street parties by the ocean with the locals, I am not suggesting you do this.

Tip for those who don't speak Portuguese, learn a few words or get an app as the everyday people you encounter in Brazil like cab drivers, asking people for directions will not know English 




Stay I stayed at an BNB found on booking.com and I paid USD $26 a night with breakfast included. It was close to Uruguai Metro station in Tijuca neighborhood, across the street was the Assai supermarket with restaurants, ATM's and taxi stand.

Food - tons of options, I recommend atleast checking out Confeitaria Colombo in Centro Rio.

Colombo Bakery 


Free Walking Tour - That's the first thing I did in Rio and am a big fan of walking tours. The tour starts in Centro and ends at the Selaron Staircase in Lapa, Lapa has some great clubs and Bars if checking out the city nightlife is your thing to do. Lapa also has Carioca Aqueduct to bring water to the city, built in the 1800's.

Carioca Aqueduct rio
Lapa Arches


Christ the Redeemer Statue 


One of the 7 wonders of the world, my 2nd day in Rio was spent in Rio at Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. My advise is to get there early or else you'll be among large crowds. I off course slept in and was among large crowds. Took uber to the Christ the Redeemer hill and a Train to the top, train ticket was about USD $15 round trip, gave my self time to admire the statue and take in all the amazing view of the city from the hill. You'll have to climb stairs to see the statue.

There is a one room small chapel under the statue, where a baptism was going on while I was there.

Once back to entrance down the hill, some guy with a suggestion to eat his restaurant across the street. And all the walking up the stairs and down had left me hungry and I went there for lunch. The food was delicious, the place was clean and the price was reasonable. I don't remember the name of the place.



SugarLoaf Mountain

From Christ the Redeemer hill I took a cab to Sugarloaf, didn't have much luck trying to find a bus. The cab ride cost was about 8 USD. The cab rider dropped me at the entrance to where one buys the ticket for the cable car. Once inside you can buy the ticket though self help touch screen monitors. The round trip cost is 99 Brazilian Riyal. Try to be the first few people in the cable car, and get in the front for some amazing views.

The cable car takes you to the first hill, we walk though souvenir shops and cafes, to take the 2nd cable car to Sugarloaf. You see some amazing views all directions. Give yourself a good 2 hours to see and walk around.

 

Later in the evening I ran into some street parties by the ocean front where street vendors were selling beer and people were plating music, Rio is a fun place.

Next Day I went to Gloria Street Market, it was a Sunday and you can find some of the freshest produce and seafood here. There are also clothing vendors, antique vendors my main focus was food stalls.




Mureta da Urca

A 10 to 15 minute walk from Sugarloaf Mountain, A great place to watch the Sunset and drink beer. Also a cool place for people watching, street vendors will be selling beer there. People will be playing music and musical instruments.


Beaches

I spent 2 evenings at the beaches in Rio, some of the best beaches are Ipanema and Copacabana beaches






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