Matt, Edward, Julia and Luke.
The next day we left Rio and headed up into the mountains, about a 2 hour drive, to a Pousada (small hotel). Its surprising how quickly you leave the city and hit the rainforest. I was under the impression that deforestation had cleared Rio for miles around but this simply isnt true. There are even quite larges patches of it in the city itself. The Pousada was incredibly beautiful, an 'eco lodge' set in a small valley with mountain streams feeding the pool with freezing cold water. Which would have been great on a boiling hot day but when we were there it was raining. In fact on our first night there was a terrific tropical thunderstorm. Well it is a rainforest after all ! So I had 3 days to relax, breathe in the beautiful clear mountain air, and eat the lovely food provided. It was just what I needed.
Matt and I at the Pousada.