Rio de Janeiro: First Impressions

This may be only the second time I've completed a major New Year's Resolution, since "stop biting my nails" is a lost cause. For 2013, I promised myself I would leave the country before the end of the year. To finish out my summer of really awesome post-college trips, I went to Brazil to spend two weeks with my best friend Jose, who had been volunteering in Rio for three months. 

We stayed in a favela, basically a shanty town or slum, built onto the side of a mountain (this had my parents just a bit worried). Our home base was Vidigal, but we also spent a ton of time in Rocinha, the biggest favela in the city (the more crowded street views below), where Jose had been working. I absolutely loved the neighborhood and our hostel owners, Fernanda and Bruno, who made us feel like part of their family. However, every time we had to hike up the hill from the bus stop to the hostel, I was totally convinced I wouldn't make it. I hated the walk enough that I conquered a major fear and learned to truly appreciate the R$2.50 rides from motorcycle taxis that sped around turns and darted around cars with little regard for me hanging on to the back. Seriously, out of all our crazy ideas, being persuaded to hop on one of those was the scariest thing I did. Not including all the times I was nearly ran over by them.

And oh, the street art. Everywhere we went had the most incredible murals and tags written in places that shouldn't be accessible without professional equipment. The ones posted here are just a few from around Vidigal and Rocinha, but there's so much more to come.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, Ipanema, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, ocean, sky, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, amazing street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, ocean, sky, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, people, kids, portrait, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, street art, graffiti, bicycle
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, ocean, sky
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, graffiti, street art
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, Via Apia, streets, crowds
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, tiger, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, children, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, homes, houses
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, streets
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, streets, Ipanema, Leblon

All images available as prints. 

Print Pre-Sale: Brazil

This time next week, I'll be in Brazil making photos of gorgeous views like this one captured by Jose, the amazing friend I'll be traveling with. Since I'm so excited about making these images and sharing them with y'all, here's a print pre-sale! Reserve yours today at 40% off and choose your favorite image from a gallery when I get back in early October. Email me at brittanywages@gmail.com for more info and be sure to spread the word!

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