Rio de Janeiro as seen from Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

     

Cycle from the Itaú bike hire network whose stations are scattered around central Rio

     

Blue

     

Rua do Lavradio

     

Cards

     

Catedral FM in Rio's postmodern concrete cathedral

     

Chopps (small glasses of cold beer so they don't get too warm) accumulating in a pub in Leblon

     

Coconut stall, Flamengo neighbourhood

     

Ipanema beach

     

Lapa

     

Brazilian Cow Parade cow with Rio favelas (shantytowns) painted on its side

     

Cycle

     

Favela dog

     

Sugarloaf Mountain

     

Climbing the hill to the Santa Teresa neighbourheed

     

     

Tattoos are very popular in Brazil

     

A police bus belonging to the Tropa Elite (Elite Troops), in charge of policing some of the shantytowns of Rio. The skull is the Tropa Elite's logo.

     

An Elite Troop bulldozer parked outside a favela

     

Casa da Escadaria - The House of Stairs, on the Selarón steps in Lapa

     

The Selarón steps are an ever-changing work of art by Jorge Selarón, who continuously replaces the colourful tiles with new ones (sent from all around the world as contributions to the project)

     

In the Rocinha favela

     

Houses stacked on top of each other in a favela, where land (which often includes another house's roof) is essentially free for new arrivals

     

Amigos dos Amigos (Friends of Friends - possibly a thinly-veiled threat to everyone who's not a friend), the gang that controls (or at least used to control) Rio's largest favela, Rocinha

     

The favela, as seen by an artist from the favela (artist's workshop in the Rocinha favela)

     

     

Fish

     

Fishing on the rocks of Arpoador (between Copacabana and Ipanema)

     

Fried Brazilian sausage (Linguiça) and fried manioc (a great substitute for French fries; it's frequently eaten in the tropics) at Cook in Rio's excellent cooking course

     

Frogs

     

Beach

     

The Bread Guy

     

Shop

     

Ipanema, with the Dos Irmaos (Two Brothers) mountain in the background

     

Well-off Ipanema with a shantytown in the background

     

Great outdoor jazz in Lapa (Nova Lapa Jazz)

     

Jesus saves

     

Favela kids

     

Regeneration of the historic Lapa neighbourhood. One of the local trams cross on top of this viaduct

     

A Lapa viadukt

     

Largo do Machado underground station (Metro Rio)

     

Layers - Rio has an amazing geography

     

Legs

     

Selarón steps

     

Sao Martinho, an organization helping at-risk youth

     

Downwards from Santa Teresa

     

Music at night on the beach

     

Happy

     

A Clockwork Orange cow at Cow Parade

     

Lapa

     

Flamengo

     

The people of Rio

     

The pineapple guy

     

Flamengo

     

Brazil 2010

     

Rental

     

Ropewalk on Ipanema - with the lights of Rocinha, Rio's largest shantytown in the background

     

Antiques

     

The isolated, pretty and quiet Urca neighbourhood

     

Bible next to the toilets in the Santa Scenarium restaurant (ironically?) decorated with statues and paintings of saints

     

Scrapyard art in Santa Teresa

     

The tiled Selarón steps

     

Shoe polish

     

Rio is obsessed with beauty

     

Miscellaneous (antiques store on Rua do Lavradio)

     

View from Sugarloaf towards Botafogo and Laranjeiras

     

Rio's iconic Lapa aqueduct (Arcos da Lapa) and the area's musical heritage combined in this tattoo

     

Trumpet and lamps

     

Urban climbing

     

Ipanema and Leblon

     

Wedding photo

     

Wirehead

     

Electric cables in Santa Teresa

     

People from Rio

     

Yawn

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