First time in Rio de Janeiro
Trip Start Oct 22, 2012
1Trip End Oct 26, 2012
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Corcovado means "hunchback" in Portuuese. This is a mountain located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park, that measures 2329 feet high. Corcovado hill lies west of the city center but is within the city limits. It is known worldwide for the 125 ft statue of Christ the Redeemer atop its peak. I had the bad fortune of visiting this site in the early morning hours when there were was a thick fog that obscured all views unfortunately.
Thereafter I visited Sugarloaf Mountain (in Portuguese, Pão de Açúcar). It is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean
To reach the summit there are two cable cars. The first ascends to the shorter Morro da Urca. The second car ascends to Pão de Açúcar. The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views of the surrounding city. The climb takes three minutes from start to finish. Departures are available every 20 minutes between 8am and 8pm and the fare is R$53per adult.
I found Rio to be very expensive. A taxi from the airport (Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport) to the Copacabana area cost me +/- US$80.00, and hotels are very expensive. Although it was nice to have finally visited this city it is not one that I feel I have to see again.