Sunday, September 7, 2008

South America Trip - Day 2

Day 2 – Friday 8/22

Today we woke up early and ate at the breakfast buffet at the hotel. After breakfast we headed off on our tour to the Christ the Redeemer statue.
It was about a 20-minute ride in the bus to get to the bottom of the hill (Corcovado Mountain).

Once we had our tickets for the electric tram, we were all aboard! It was about a 15-minute ride up the steep hill to the plateau. Along the way, you go through the largest urban jungle. You got little peeks of the city below on the way up.
From the plateau you climb a few more stairs to reach the top. While we were still on the tram ride up, we made a quick stop and some local musicians came on board. They played us some tunes on our way up the hill and then were looking for tips afterwards.

The statue of Jesus was massive! They had a large platform that you could walk around. It gave you a 360 degree view of Rio de Janeiro. You could see Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and all the way to the airport! It was a spectacular view! There was even a small chapel underneath the statue.
The statue was built after Brazil gained its independence.

We were so high up that sometimes a cloud would be passing by and you'd be stuck right in the middle of it!
The tour was only half day, so afterwards we returned to Copacabna. We walked around to find a place to eat. We found a local Italian restaurant to try. For the most part, we weren’t too impressed.
We went back to the hotel and hung out in the pool area for a while. Then we took a nap to try and get us back to normal from the jet lag! Around 8:00pm we headed out in search of a place to eat dinner. We stumbled upon a local restaurant that specialized in rotisserie chicken. It was really good!

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