Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tour of Rio

Corcovado/ Cristo Redenter

Our first stop was up to the Christ the Redeemer statute on top of the Corcovado (Camel Hunchback). You can get here by cog train, but the waiting lines are very long. Tour groups go to the front of the line which saved us over an hour wait. Unfortunately there was a bit of a haze when we were here.

Corcovado is 710 meters above Rio, and the statute is another 38 m.

We passed through the Lapa bohemian neighborhood which is filled with samba clubs, bars, and restaurants that surround the Arcos do Lapa, that now carries the bonde (trolley cars) to Saint Teresa as well as the Sambodromo Fairgrounds where the Carnaval parades are performed.

We then stopped to explore some curio and art shops, before walking up some of the stairs that Jorge Seleron has worked on for the past 22 years. He has funded this street art by selling his paintings, primary featuring a pregnant woman. One of his tile areas features a pregnant woman.

Our final stop was to Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) which was beginning to be shrouded in clouds.

There are a series of two cable cars that take you to the top. When we got to the top, This was the view we got because the clouds had suddenly formed. We could occasionally see the Cristo Redenter and other peaks poking through the clouds, but little else.

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