Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

Yesterday we slept late and then walked around Ipanema to find a place for lunch. After that, we hired a car to take us to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf.

Corcovado is a massive stone statue of Jesus standing on the highest mountain that overlooks Rio. It was finished in 1931 and was funded by the Catholic church. At more than 100 feet tall, it is one of the largest statues of its kind. A train runs to the top (but we rode in a car) and it was the first electric rail train in Brazil.

If you look at the bottom of the picture you can see a tiny Amy in yellow shorts. The statue really is huge!

The weather couldn't have been better and we had an amazing view of all of Rio.

We had a clear view of Ipanema beach where we are staying - you can see our hotel in the picture below it is the tall reddish building in the center.

After Corcovado, we went to Sugar Loaf - named because when the Portugese came they thought that this tall mountain jutting up out of the ground abruptly looked like one of the sweet bread loaves they cook.

They have a cable car system first built in 1912 (but renovated since then) which takes you up from the ground to the top of the Sugar Loaf. It was the first cable car system in Brazil and one of the most famous in the world.

From the top, we had another great view of the city and could see Corcovado in the distance.

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