Back to Rio
For the trip back to Rio I got together with two girls from Austria and a guy from Mexico. As the girls had left their luggage in their Pousada (a wise decision as the entry from the street to the training places was a few hundred meter unpaved dirt road) they called a taxi to get their luggage.
On the spot he made us an offer of driving us to their Pousada for 25 Reais and to Rio for another 200 Reais.
With the bus ticket being around 40 Reais each and the taxi more private and faster we took the new option. As there wasn’t enough space in the trunk a pice of luggage was taken into the passengers department. So it was a little bit cramped for some. Still it was a smooth and fast ride. Definitely faster than with the bus.
Unfortunately one of the roads into Rio was closed off and the GPS of our taxi driver had some problems to find a good way. So he decided to ask a local taxi driver for the way.
In the end the new taxi driver agreed to drive us to the girls hotel for 25 Reais which the first taxi driver let is off. So two taxis but still the same price.
At the girls hotel I decided I could get to my new hostel via metro. So we asked for the way to the next station. The cabbie overheard that and asked where I needed to go to. After hearing Santa Teresa he insisted that it is impossible to get there with the metro and it would be another 30 Reais to get me to my destination.
Fortunately a woman from Peru heard us talking and directed me to the metro station about 500m away just up the street and to the right.
Well what should I say? It cost me 3.70 Reais instead of 30 and the taxi driver would never have been able to drive me to the door of my hostel as you had to either climb or descend a few flights of stairs to get there.
Why not my old hostel? Well they where booked out on the next night. So I’d decided to change the place one street over for two nights but left part of my luggage at the first one.