After a week and a half of traveling all around Brazil, and feeling a bit like a foreigner, it was so amazing to arrive and be taken care of by Lauren. Not only did speaking to her make us feel right at home, Lauren is a wealth of information about Rio, Brazilians, and Brazilian culture. She has all the insider information of to do’s and not to do’s, what to see and what to skip, and a bunch of practical information we had not considered. Lauren runs a travel agency and has different tours you can pay to do. I always wanted to go to a favela and see the more raw side of Rio, so we chose the favela tour. Her partner Val leads the tour and he couldn’t be a nicer guy. In the tour we walked to the base of favela and took a motorcycle taxi (totally exciting) to the top, after that we got dropped off and started the hike which I can say was one of the top five hiking experiences for me. The breathtaking views, the family of monkeys, the safe feeling of other tourists around, the delicious açaí treat at the end of the hike, made it all really memorable. Thanks Lauren for the perfect stay, we will definitely be back!
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