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Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls just before FIFA 2014


View from a terrace in Santa Teresa during the night. Bright spot is the Cristo Redentor Santa Teresa favela Jet lag forced me to make this picture at 5 am Sugar loaf mountain from Santa Teresa Favelas are everywhere in Rio de Janeiro Abandoned manor house, where French writers, etc used to meet Foggy downtown of Rio Favela housing Rio downtown - note main cathedral made of concrete Escadaria Selaron - stairs made from tiles brought from all around the world Escadaria Selaron was made by a Peruvian artist Small example of numerous street graffitis of Rio The main theatre Petrobras headquarters are in this funny building The cathedral looks cool from afar, but pretty ugly when you examine the wall from close by Huge interiors of Rio cathedral Jesus is watching you, as everywhere in Rio The famous party district by the aqueduct. At night you can buy Caipirinha from zillions of street kiosks all around here WW2-related celebration with Americans WW2 monument in Rio - many Brazilian soldiers went to Europe to help fighting nazis First glimpse of Iguazu falls, actually from Argentine side :-) Garganta del diablo - Devil's throat Garganta del diablo is huge, Brazil is where the fog is Iguazu has hundreds of smaller falls all around On Argentine side you can walk above or below the falls There were more than ten of those walking around, too bad my memory card was full! Border between Brazil and Argentina Tres fronteras - where Argentina, Brazil (accross) and Paraguay (left) meet Argentinean side of Tres fronteras Argentina and Brazil are famous for the views of the falls here, but Paraguay is where everyone goes for cheap electronics (reduced taxes) Back to Rio, looking how to get up the Sugar Loaf mountain Riding one of the oldest funiculars in the World, up to the Sugar Loaf mountain The funicular has two stages View to Rio's beaches, Copacabana on the left Ipanema is behind Copacabana Cristo shows himself for a few seconds to the crowd on Sugar Loaf mountain Funicular mechanics Park dweller in Rio We stayed in a "safe" favela, near by Copacabana Favelas have numerous stairs and labyrinth-like streets. Lots of places for drug dealers to hide :-) Copacabana promenade One of tens of sand art installations along the beach. You are supposed to pay for viewing. Waves are never small in Rio The view from Cristo faces every day - from Corcovado mountain The lake The Cristo Sun sets over Sugar Loaf mountain Cristo doesn't have days off or vacations - needs to stay there thee whole night Rio by night Copacabana The best sand installation in Rio at the time :-)
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