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we were up at 4am this morning to get the bus to rio...we were told that the 1st bus left at 5am so we wanted to get there early to get that bus..but on arrival at the bus terminal they told us that the 1st one didnt leave until 6!!!it was still ok but we were just rushing to get into rio for lunch time cos we had organised a trip to las favellas at 2...

we got to the hostel at 1..checked in quickly and ran to get to the tour agency on the tour of las favelas..the shanty towns of rio.there are 700 in total in rio alone..kinda scary and we were goin to the biggest one.we got a motorcycle up to the top and then walked back down as a group through the favelas..they arent as scary as they look but there is a lot of filth and sickness there.we never really got to see any real dangerous ppl..just saw one of the bigger drug pushers in the group..one of the main guys..looked like any normal guy...there were lots of kids around the place but no one that looked in any way scary..mind u i dont think id have gone by myself either.the tour was about 3 hours long...we got back to the hostel at 5 and then headed out for dinner to a nice italian wit an american girl that we met in the hostel.we all had some drinks in the hostel and were told to leave at 11 by the owners so we all headed to a bar in lapa..afterwards we tried to get into a nightclub but no joy so we headed to the beach in rio and got back to the hostel at 5...good fun...