Today was a long and packed day, where we toured the highlights of Rio de Janerio. We were picked up at our hotel and then spent another hour picking up others at their hotels. There were only about 20 people in our group, but we spoke five different languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian and Portugeuse. Amazingly, so did our tour guide, John, who repeated everything in every language. For the record, he also speaks French!
Our first stop was the Cathedral de Sao Sebasiao. It opened in 1976, and archetectually it has that 1960s-1970s feel to it, in that is made of plain concrete with googie-esque curves. But there are some nice Brazillian art style stained glass windows.
Our next stop was Pão de Açúcar (in English – Sugarloaf mountain). We took one cable car to the top of a nearby mountain. There we saw maramoset monkeys and Rachel took lots of pictures. Aftewards we took another cable car to the top of Sugarloaf. There we tooks lots of panoramic pictures of Rio and even took a few photos of a large lizard, which John told us was a local delicacy when they grow larger.
We had a generously sized lunch at Bar do Beto in Ipanema, and after a short walk saw the cafe and heard the story that inspired the song “The Girl from Ipanema.” Google it and you’ll be sure to recognize it.
Our final stop was Corcavado to see the famous Christ the Redemer Statue. It was an adventure getting there. The plan was to take a funicular to the top of the mountain. However a forest fire near the train tracks ended that plan. Instead we took a series of vans to the summit. At the top Rachel tooks lots of photos of the statue and more panoramics. We also enjoyed the people watching. Many of the tourists had some interesting attempts at taking photos of the statue.
Tomorrow we tour the Tijuca Rainforest.
Today’s Weather: Sunny and hazy, High 86F (feels like 93F) Low 75F
Number of people who thought we were on our honeymoon: 1