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




Rua do Lavradio




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




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




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)





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






The Bread Guy




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




Selarón steps


Sao Martinho, an organization helping at-risk youth


Downwards from Santa Teresa


Music at night on the beach




A Clockwork Orange cow at Cow Parade






The people of Rio


The pineapple guy




Brazil 2010




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




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




Electric cables in Santa Teresa


People from Rio



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