A Rio Story Travel Vlog #7 – An Unexpected Detour

Following on from our last travel vlog, where we took you on a little tour through the crooked buildings and tiny alleyways of a favela in Rio de Janeiro, the next day was spent trying – key word, trying – to get out of the city and across the 13 km bridge to somewhere a little more remote.

In this video I spent the whole time thinking that we were trying to get to a small village called Sana, which I thought was just over two hours away by bus. Turns out Sana was in fact over 5 hours away from where we were and wasn’t even the place we were going to – even though Dan told me at the beginning of the video that’s where we were going.

I don’t know. This was a really confusing time for me.

Anyway, in this video we were in fact on our way to a small town called Alcantara where we were meant to be staying with a friend.

But that didn’t really go to plan when the bus never turned up and we were left stranded in a creepy part of Rio de Janeiro with no phone battery.

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So instead we decided to get a cab to a nearby neighbourhood and stay overnight in a hostel to rest up and charge our electronics. It wasn’t until we arrived that I realised exactly where we were.

Santa Teresa – the home of the famous Escadaria Selarón (the colorful stairs in Rio) that I’d been wanting to visit since I stumbled across a Google Image of it last year. And just by coincidence we ended up in a beautiful guesthouse with incredible views across the city, just around the corner from the popular attraction.

To add to that, we were also only a 10 minute walk down a super quirky, graffiti filled street to Lapa, the neigbourhood of Samba parties and the perfect destination to immerse in the true essence of Rio de Janeiro.

Come with us as we take you on a journey out of the favela and into one of the most ‘hip’ and cultured parts of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa. Enjoy, and if you like our travel vlogs, don’t forget to spread the feels! Subscribe, like, comment, share – whatever – it all helps us to communicate our love for travel and inspire others at the same time!

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Hannah is an Australian nomad and the Founding Editor of StoryV Travel & Lifestyle. After finishing her studies in Business Administration Hannah took off to Thailand with her father for a life-changing volunteer experience that shaped the way her future panned out. The day she returned home she took up 3 jobs and booked her next ticket out. 3 months later she had quit the rat race completely and was off to Thailand once more - this time, on her own. Little did she know, that solo adventure would lead her to meet the love of her life and go on to explore the rest of the world as a digital nomad. With a thirst for experiencing unfamiliar cultures in exotic destinations around the world, Hannah most enjoys chasing sunsets, lazing on tropical beaches and getting lost among a myriad of crooked buildings and small alleyways. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Facebook!