Heights of Rio

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
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Trip End Jan 19, 2007


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Friday, August 18, 2006

As I was still feeling a bit dodgy and we were both still a bit scared about safety we went for a city tour of Rio plus it was pretty reasonable. Eventually got picked up in the morning and taken first to see the Maracana stadium (!) where Dave followed in the footsteps of Pele.

After that onto the Cathedral which was designed with the Mayan temples of Chichen Itza (Mexico) in mind. A different approach to a cathedral and lovely stained glass inside that reflected the sun depending on the time of day.

After that drove up to Corcovado or Christ the Redemptor Statue. The statue is 30 metres high and was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence from Portugal. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy at the top but we could see the statue and got glimpses of the 360 degree view around Rio of the beaches, Sugar loaf mountain and try and take in the scale of the city. See the photos.

Next drove through Santa Teresa district and down into Copacabana for lunch at a great Churrascaria, Grill Inn, where could have as much salad, soups, meats, etc etc as you wanted. Not great when you are recovering from a bug but I managed somehow.

The rest of the day was spent heading up Sugar Loaf Mountain in 2 separate cable cars - one to the adjoining mountain and then up to the top of sugar loaf. Had cleared up a bit by this point but was still quite windy at the top. We decided to leave the tour here and stay at the top for sunset and to get city views at night. Was worth doing and lovely to watch the city light up and get a different perspective on it. Were decidedly cold by this time so went back down and got the bus home and slept very well.
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