Think of Rio de Janeiro, and you think of bustling street life, honking cars and a vibrant atmosphere.
Rio is busy. And this week it is beyond busy.
One carioca (that’s how people born and bred in Rio call themselves) at my hostel complains: “I can’t cope with these crowds! What are all these gringos doing here?”
She’s right. Gringos – as Brazilians call the non-Brazilians – are descending on Rio.