After 5 nights in Sao Paulo, it was time to move onto our next stop, Rio!

We stayed at the Rio Soft Inn in Lapa, which is the neighbourhood known for its great nightlife and entertainment. I was a little sceptical at first, but I came to absolutely love this area. Surrounding the hotel were tons of bars and restaurants, meaning it was very easy to find somewhere to eat or go for drinks in the evening.

Whilst the city is known for its beaches and monuments, I'd absolutely recommend visiting Lapa and the nearby areas if you're in Rio, and the hotel we stayed in was very well priced. The staff were particularly helpful and kind, and even gave everyone a booklet full of things to do and recommendations of where to go, which was so helpful!

Lapa is also known for its famous arches, which are beautiful (especially at sunset) and it's next door to Santa Teresa, another beautiful district in the city.

Close by are also the Escadaria Selarón or the Selarón Steps - these were created by a Chilean artist as a tribute to Brazil and its people, and they are gorgeous! All of the steps are covered in colourful tiles, with some spelling out 'I love you Brazil'. They are very popular, so if you want a picture on the steps, be prepared to wait a little. However there are little stalls and gift shops nearby to keep you occupied!