On our explorations we crossed over the water of Guanabara Bay to Niterói. Niterói is a municipality across from Rio de Janeiro. It has around 487,327 inhabitants and is the the sixth most populous city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It is also supposedly the richest city in Brazil. The word "Niterói" comes from the Tupi language and means "water that hides". Most famously, Niterói is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
Niterói is well worth a trip if you're ever in Rio de Janeiro. It's an amazing experience to see Rio de Janeiro from another angle. The vibe in Niterói is completely different to Rio even though there are similarities to Ipanema, it's so interesting as a visitor to experience it.
Sergio (our drive and pretty much tour guide) took us up to an amazing view point. It's hard to describe how amazing and awe inspiring the view was. The colours were so lush and bright, South America has really stolen my heart. I can't wait to come back. I've still got a couple of Rio de Janeiro posts coming so keep your eyes peeled.