At the Copa, Copacabana

Finally we made it to South America! Our trip started with three days in Rio De Janeiro, hitting all the tourist sites, while trying to fit in some less touristy things and getting to know the local cuisine.

Our first morning in the city didn’t exactly go too well, walking along Copacabana beach when we noticed a guy walking closely behind us. He pointed to Seth’s shoe saying “Look! Shit!.” We looked down and there was a yellow goo plastered all over his brand new trainers. We knew the guy himself had done it or had an accomplice, so we walked away as quickly as possible while he shouted at us in Portuguese. He had a cleaning kit with him so we think he wanted to clean the shoes and ask for money for his services.

Not the nicest introduction to Rio.

After a quick stop in a café to grab some tissues to clean off the mustard, we continued along Copacabana to the pick up point for the shuttle to the Christ the Redeemer Statue, now slightly paranoid and seeing everyone as a potential scammer.

The Painieras-Corcovado shuttle departs from Praça do Lido in Copacabana and takes you direct to the top of the statue with no stops – great if you want to avoid the long queues for the train.

On our second day we took the metro to Lapa in hunt of a restaurant we had heard about. Nova Capella is a traditional Brazilian restaurant, beautifully tiled, where all the waiters wear white coats and black ties.

We had been recommended to try the Bolinho de bacalhau (salted cod fish balls) and ordered five. They came deep fried with potato, cheese and salted fish and some fresh chillies in oil on the side. Five was probably too many as they are quite filling and we still had the main to come.

We had ordered a portion between two and when it came on a platter it was huge! Crispy lamb, with broccoli rice and roasted potatoes, washed down with a cold Patagonia beer.

While we were in Lapa we decided to take a quick look at the Escadaria Selarón. These colourful steps are the work of a Chilean artist named Jorge Selarón, made up of over 2000 tiles collected from all over the world. Really bright and colourful and fit in with the rest of the great street art in the area.
 Our final day in Rio we spent doing a Favela tour (blog post to come) and afterwards rushed up to Sugarloaf mountain just to tick it off the must-do list. The views from the top were stunning and there was a bit more space to move around than at the Christ the Redeemer statue.

 

In the evening we ate at Carretao in Ipanema, a Rodízio grill. You pay a set amount and have access to the salad buffet and are given a card which is red on one side and green on the other. Waiters walk around with all sorts of meats on skewers and trays, if you leave your card on green they will come over and place it on your plate.

All in all, an intense 3 days in Rio! We usually avoid taxis at all costs as they are so stressful in Asia, but actually this and the metro was the best way to get around Rio, especially at night when it wouldn’t be safe to walk.

Our next stop would be the beautiful island of Ilha Grande.

 

6 Comments

  • Roselinde December 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Broccoli rice, now that’s an idea!

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  • munichfoodie December 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    The Broccoli rice are an eyecatcher! Cod balls are also interesting. And I like this post!

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  • mukul chand December 20, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Great Post

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  • denise gittens December 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Feb reading so interesting x

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  • paulapederson January 1, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Such an exciting life you’re leading. Thanks for the follow.

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    • travelchowdown January 4, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Paula, really enjoy reading your stories!

      Reply

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