Day 7 (morning)
Temperature: 25Weather: Sunny with cloudy periods
=============================Brazil Tour Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Rise and shine. This morning, I got up much earlier than the previous two days. By 6:30am, I was on the 14th floor hotel's rooftop terrace viewing one more time…. guess what…. the sunrise! And guess what! I wasn’t disappointed at all because what a huge difference 15 minutes made! It allowed me to see the entire sunrise from the sun’s first appearance in the horizon to its majestic rise way above the mountains while its rays sparkled on the calm waters. It was fantastic!
Michel and I then proceeded to have our breakfast followed by a short walk along Copacabana’s beach. Since it was by then only 8:00am in the morning, the area was mostly deserted and that quite suited me because wonderful pictures could be taken without having too many people in them.
As we walked, the warm breeze of the ocean and the freshness in the air was quite pleasant. We were surrounded by a wonderful landscape of mountainous peaks rising from the ocean’s floor, a gorgeous powdery white sandy beach and crystal blue waters. Did I forget to mention how hard it was just to walk around in the soft warm sand!
Today, Michel and I had the entire day at our leisure to explore the city. Therefore not being one of those people to stand still in one spot for too long, through Tia our private tour guide of yesterday’s, a Guanabara Bay boat Tour was booked for the morning. Hurrah!!
We were picked up at the front of our hotel by the company’s tour bus. As we settled in our seats, the lady guide introduced herself while given details of the boat tour.
By 9:30am, we were at the Guanabara Bay marina and what a wonderful marina it was! The calmness of the bay plus the high rise buildings in the background reflecting in the water under a beautiful blue sky was absolutely beautiful to stare at.
Looking towards the water, anticipation grew as I saw our boat approaching the wharf. The boat which could accommodate thirty people kind of looked like a pirate ship. It was absolutely gorgeous. With a name "Pirata Rio", we were certainly in for an adventure I told myself.
As we embarked the boat, Michel and I settled in the back for a clearer view of our surroundings. In total, we were around 20 people, a nice group size which allowed us to move freely without having to step on top of one another.
Down the bay the boat sailed and then along the coastline giving us stunning panoramic views of Sugarloaf Mountain, of Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain, of the city of Rio de Janeiro with its high rise buildings plus many, many more beautiful scenes all seen from the comfort of our pirate ship sailing on the Atlantic Ocean.
Getting tired of sitting in the back, I quickly moved to the front of the boat which provided me with even more stunning views. The refreshing wind blew in my hair while occasionally droplets of water splashed on my face awakening me in the process from my deep dream thoughts! Looking ahead of me in the horizon, big huge clouds partly covered the blue sky adding a magical show as the statue of the Christ and the Sugarloaf Mountain kept disappearing in the landscape.
We sailed for a good two hours and a half before eventually retreating back to the marina. By 12:30pm, Michel and I were back at the hotel after having had…….am I repeating myself again…. a wonderful morning!