Mengo Palace Hotel
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... visit. Naturally, the inca architecture of the building is hugely different compared to any of the churches or cathedrals we are used to, and I didn't find it hugely aesthetically appealing. But the stained glass was phenomenal, and with the light shining through were something of wonder.
After our cathedral stop off we went to sugarloaf mountain. This comprised of catching one cable car up, then another cable car to sugarloaf. The lines were long as a cruise ...
... 2 stops from the change over so it was really easy. When we got to the stadium we decided to do a self guided tour and brought a audio guide which we could share. The entrance was $R30 each and an extra $R10 for the audio guide once we were inside. The stadium can hold 78,000 people, and the record for people held there was 250,000 back in the 50's. We got to go into the players dressing room ...
... there and back. The buses run from 7.15am to 7.15pm. It takes about 15 minutes to get there from the bus terminal.
We were confused where to purchase the actual tickets, make sure to go on the other side of the bridge opposite the bus terminal with all interior stores (away from the gas station across the street). The first stand on the corner nearest the bridge at the bus station is the easiest stand where you can purchase the ...
... also didn't hike up Sugar Loaf mountain. That's a lesson right there - act fast before the rain comes. We went to one of those juice bars found on almost every corner; I mentioned it briefly in my previous entry. We created our own cocktail juices where you can add as much variety of fruit as you want. It was more like having a dairy free smoothie - yummy and packed with nature's great stuff. Mine had pineapple & another fruit, the name of which I can't remember. All I ...
... was a flurry of construction of new housing across the city and despite an increase in supply property prices in the years leading up to the cup soared by 30-40%. This is clearly great for property owners but devastating for those wishing to get on the ladder. What's perhaps more damaging to the city is that the transport and road infrastructure can no longer cope. The traffic is terrible and the alternatives are limited. The neighbouring city of São Paulo is known ...