Into the Jungle

Photo essay: Arriving in Rio de Janeiro

by Jahanshah Javid
[Note: There are captions below most photos.]
Rio de Janeiro is a jungle. A human jungle, raw and wild. I arrived from Buenos Aires two weeks ago and first stayed at a hostel near Copacabana beach. A few days later I moved into a room in the Santa Teresa district on a hill overlooking Rio. Enjoy these first impressions.

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They look very satisfied

by Arash Kamangir on

You mentioned some poverty however they all look very satisfied and free. It is all about that.

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Gerdoo, Faramarz

by Jahanshah Javid on

Gerdoo: Crime is a problem. There are many slums and life is tough and rough. But they sure know how to have a good time. Nicest, warmest people.

Faramarz: I tried Cachaça! It's worse that aragh sagi!

I love the animal figures instead of politicians on their money too. Maybe they are trying to say politicians are real animals? :)


Just Lovely

by Faramarz on

Great pictures JJ.

You just got to love a country that has the pictures of animals on its currency!

Brasil is the most-loved country in the world. But please be careful.

Try to make it to a football match while you are down there. Empty your pockets before you leave your place and don't sit in the cheap-seats section.

Also, stay away from Cachaça!

It is made of sugar cane that gives you the most incredible hangover and headache the next day. Also you won't remember a thing that you did the night before, which is not a good thing! 



by Gerdoo on

How was the crime situation?  Last time I was there, so many street children - and the crime was ubiquitous.