This is the reality:
Pick up all the remaining passengers we are 1 hour into the 4 hours of the tour.
Drive along the road past the main government house. Then to the Maracana football stadium, pay 4 reals if you wished to enter to see an empty stadium if not wait outside on the concourse. Then drive on to the Sambadrome, seeing an empty sambadrome is not very exciting I am sorry to say. Next stop Sugar Loaf Mountain, well worth going to but able to be done by yourself using public transport. Some time to yourself at the top approx 45 minutes then back down to the bus to do the reverse dropping off of passengers.
Throw in the guide who had to speak Portuguese, Spanish and very heavily accented English it was not a fun afternoon at all and we were very glad to get off the bus in the finish.
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
June 30, 2002
From journal When my baby and I went to Rio