a few months ago I started a thread asking if anyone had been and what advice people could give. Me and my lad eventually got there - leaving on day of Man U game and getting back for Fulham game. Just anote to thank all those who gave great advice and there was lots esp' RAVYDAVYGRAVY and his recommendation of bealocal.com The Favela tour of Rochina was scary - got taken to to top of favela on back of motor bike - scary as fk !! Walked past a lad casually cleaning out a real live pistol but to be fair the locals were really friendly. The police raided/took over Rochina 4 days later and drug dealers were arrested, and loads of weapons were found. A great tour and shows how lucky we are. Saw Ronaldinho for Flamengo in the Engenhau Olympic Stadium as maracana being redeveloped - you should see the state of it - its been knocked to hell but they've got 3 years to get it tip top. Flamego won 5-1 v Cruzeiro - brilliant atmosphere. Saw Vasco play in the Sulamericana Cup v Universiteriat of Peru. 2-0 down from 1st leg, they went 2-1 down at in 2nd half but peru had second man sent off and 10 man Vasco came back to win 5-1 and seal place in the semis. Only about 20,000 there but it was brilliant. Last game saw Rio derby - Vasco v Botafogo and Vasco won 2-0 - about 30,000 there - at Engenhau. Igassu Falls were just spectacular and words cannot amply describe their majesty. City tour excellent tho Christ Redeemer covered by clouds so no view but view from Sugar Loaf was awesome. Walked round Lagoa - 8km, popped in to Flamengo Sports Club and had photo taken with World Club cup won in 81 v Liverpool. Got no hassle except 2 butch looking ladies of the night - saw very few sleeping rough and hardly any hassle from beggars. Walk from Leme to Leblon fantastic - the futvol looked brilliant - some of the lasses playing were awesome and the beaches are superb tho the Atlantic is a bit like the North Sea. Anyone thinking of going - GO - IT IS FKING BRILLIANT and the supposed problems are well over hyped. Ta again for all advice given previously - its a trip that will live long in the memory.