Day 3 – Christ the Redeemer
We left the hostel around 10 am and walked to the street behind the hostel and took bus 583 (584 return) all the way to the end, about 30 minutes. We then walked 20m up the hill and the entrance is on the left to the tram.
Tram tickets cost $51R each and it leaves every 20 mins
When you get off the tram it’s about 200 steps to the top. You can stop along the way and take scenic photos. You’ll find:
- Souvenir Shops
- Snack Bars
- Shitload of tourists (go early in the morning)
We didn’t copy the stereotypical tourist pose
That night went to training at Medhi Judo … which was definitely an experience for Ricky. He wrote about it in his Rio de Janeiro – BJJ & Judo Blog.
Day 3 Notes:
- 20mins was more than enough.
- Sit on the right side of the tram for the best views.
- We heard you can pay $50R for a private tour that’ll pick you up from our hotel/hostel and you can avoid the 200 steps.
- We found a laundry place (Lavakilo), that charged $11R per kg instead of per item with a dry cleaner.
- Buses are really cheap, only $3.4R per bus (brings lots of coins and small notes).
Day 4 – Rochina Favela Tour
The Hostel had Favela tours everyday so we paid the $80R each and went to the 10am that went to Rochina, the largest Favela in Rio. The bus picked us up from the Hostel and it took about 30mins to get there.
2 rules on the Favela Tour:
- Don’t take photos of people without permission.
- Don’t give money to kids who don’t do anything for the tour.
First stop was the art gallery, which was typically of the favela and the view from the favela. Following looking at the art we went to the top of the art gallery and the tour guide explained a few things about the favela.
- School locations
- New cable car location and stops
- Typical occupants of the favelas
- Start of the favela (during 70’s, people coming in from NE Brazil and just building on the land, typically construction workers).
- Rules of the favela (no engineering is done, just construction workers building their own places with help from people for materials etc, maximum 6 stories per building, people sell the roof to the next person to build on. No space restrictions between houses hence very narrow windy streets).
- Costs of favela (typically 20,000R for down bottom, 60,000R on the top of the hill).
- Landslide issues and prevention
Second stop at the bakery and the music troupe, playing on buckets. Although the music troupe was good, the bakery was amazing. $4R per item, and everything was fresh. We tried one chocolate donut and a coxinha (chicken in pastry). Following this we went down to the local school / nursery and then finally made our way to bottom which had markets etc.
Chocolate filled doughnut thingy and savoury thingy mmmm
While walking along we also ran into a famous graffiti artist who was working on a house. Along the tour we noticed his graffiti in quite a few locations. The tour guide informed us that it’s legal in Brazil to graffiti in public however for private areas you need permission.
Favela tip: bring around $50R in small notes to buy stuff and more if you think you’ll want a painting.
Someone from our hostel went on the 2 PM tour that afternoon, and he said they had some guys running through the street with machine guns, aiming all over the place. The tour guide quickly informed the tour not to take photos, but other than that it’s ok as they’re not interested in scaring tourists as they bring money into the community and want the tour to be successful.