After a day spent hitting the highlights of Rio de Janeiro, our next day started a little slower with a stroll along Ipanema Beach.

 

This is winter people

This is winter, people

 

 

One of the many beachside bars in Ipanema

One of the many beachside bars in Ipanema

 

The thing I love (one of the things) about Rio de Janeiro is that on Sundays the streets along the main beaches are closed to traffic and instead of cars, people on rollerblades, bikes or their own two legs, stream down the roads, enjoying the sunshine. No matter their body shape or size, people dress comfortably or in next-to-nothing at all – advertisements for accepting who you are.

 

Ipanema - only sunshine to be seen

Ipanema – only sunshine to be seen

 

 

Tapioca cooked fresh on the beach

Tapioca cooked fresh on the beach

 

After a walk along the famous Copacabana Beach, we headed to Santa Teresa, Rio’s Bohemian area.

 

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach

 

 

Copacabana beach

Copacabana beach

 

 

Corn for sale at Copacabana Beach

Corn for sale at Copacabana Beach

 

Santa Teresa is vastly different to the beach barrios of Rio, with cobblestone streets and a hive of artistic activity. Unfortunately there were a lot of works underway in preparation for the Olympics, but it was nice to grab a beer and some snacks in the sun, standing on the street in front of a bar.

 

One of Santa Teresa's tram stations

One of Santa Teresa’s tram stations

 

 

Building in Santa Teresa

Building in Santa Teresa

 

 

Enjoying beer in the sun

Enjoying a beer in the sun

 

 

The cobble-stoned streets of Santa Teresa

The cobble-stoned streets of Santa Teresa

 

 

Street art in Santa Teresa

Street art in Santa Teresa

 

We climbed the hills to Parque das Ruinas to an old mansion owned an heiress for more incredible views of the city.

 

The ruins of the mansion at Parque das Ruinas

The ruins of the mansion at Parque das Ruinas

 

 

The shell of the mansion belonging to heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo

The shell of the mansion belonging to heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo

 

 

The view from Parque das Ruinas

The view from Parque das Ruinas

 

With the end of our trip drawing closer, it was hard to think about leaving this city.

 

Have you visited Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro? What did you think?