First time in Rio de Janeiro

Trip Start Oct 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 26, 2012

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Friday, October 26, 2012

Although I have been to Brazil before (Campinas, Viracopos and Sao Paulo) this was my first time to Rio de Janeiro. So a visit to the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain was a must although I was on a tight work schedule.

Corcovado means "hunchback" in Portuuese. This is a mountain located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park, that measures 2329 feet high. Corcovado hill lies west of the city center but is within the city limits. It is known worldwide for the 125 ft statue of Christ the Redeemer atop its peak. I had the bad fortune of visiting this site in the early morning hours when there were was a thick fog that obscured all views unfortunately.

Thereafter I visited Sugarloaf Mountain (in Portuguese, Po de Acar). It is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 1299 ft above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf of sugar.

To reach the summit there are two cable cars. The first ascends to the shorter Morro da Urca. The second car ascends to Po de Acar. The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views of the surrounding city. The climb takes three minutes from start to finish. Departures are available every 20 minutes between 8am and 8pm and the fare is R$53per adult.

I found Rio to be very expensive. A taxi from the airport (Galeo–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport) to the Copacabana area cost me +/- US$80.00, and hotels are very expensive. Although it was nice to have finally visited this city it is not one that I feel I have to see again.

C ya!

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