In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thousands of people secretly
make giant hot air balloons out of paper in their garages.
With the magical alchemy of paper, air and fire, these
“pirate balloons” decoratively possess the
However, it has recently become a criminal offence and
those who make montgolfiers are liable to of prison. This
does not deter the “baloeiros”, balloon makers,
and many continue to let their inordinate dreams drift
above the world’s most beautiful bay.