From Curitiba, I rode along the coast towards Rio de Janeiro. The BR-101 is a popular coastal road with bikers as it has some good curves and goes through occasional small beach towns. It’s really pretty along the coast here in South Brazil.
I ended up riding into Rio at about 20:00. I usually try to be off the road before dark but the coastal road was much slower going than I had anticipated. I had already booked a hostel online a few days earlier since Rio is a really popular city with the World Cup going on. Tons of tourists here and with that comes a big increase in price. I was paying $100USD/night for a spot in a 9 bed dorm room.. crazyness!
I stayed in Rio for just 2 days/3nights. This place certainly deserves more but with the inflated prices and over abundance of other tourists, I didn’t want to stay that long. I’ll just have to come back another time 😉
Cariocas (people from Rio) are serious about their health and appearances. Everyone’s got their beach body maintained all year round here. I saw thousands of people running along the beach sidewalk. I could totally get into that mentality here.Overall, Rio seems like a great place to visit and probably an even better place to live. This place certainly lives up to it’s hype. As I mentioned before, I’m gonna have to come back here again someday 😉