Had a little adventure to the Mirante do Leblon with fellow grantee Michael today. (Mirante do Leblon translates to “Lookout Point of Leblon.”) It’s basically a little area at the end of Leblon (wealthy, residential, beach-side neighborhood) with a couple of snack/drink kiosks and a sitting area from which to watch the beach. It’s absolutely beautiful!
On the way to the Mirante do Leblon, I tried my first fresh coconut on the beach (yes, yes, I know.. long overdue). You can see the Mirante wayyy in the distance at the bottom of that mountain in the photo below.
Once we got there, we chillaxed and watched the surfers catch some waves. Here’s a video of them doing just that!
And here’s a view of the favela on the other side of the Mirante.
What’s interesting about this favela, Vigidal, is that, like a few other well-known favelas in Rio, it has become popular with foreigners as a place to rent (or buy) a home. I recently asked a couple of (middle to upper class) Brazilians what they thought about this. All of them said they thought it was potentially dangerous, and probably would never do it themselves. Interesting…