Up at 5:45AM! Even with sunrise at 5:30AM, this is way too early! Why are we up? Oh, yes. We are sailing into the harbor of Rio de Janeiro and Terry Breen is doing a blow by blow over the old blower (PA system). She is already on the blower when we step out on the balcony and see Copacabana beach in front of us
Our wait for a car is only a few minutes and we load up and, with a bounce and a jerk, are on our way up the 650 foot climb to the middle station. The ride takes about three minutes and is very smooth. We get out and move on to board the next car for the final 1,000 foot climb to the top of Sugar Loaf.
Carolyn, with Dick’s help, spies and buys a 10.55 caret, unmounted, semiprecious stone, a Citrine, to add to her collection. It is really quite pretty! After doing our thing, we meet the guide and begin the return journey down the mountain to board the bus.
Oasis is one of the restaurants where various types of grilled meats are brought around and sliced to order. There is a huge salad bar to start and then the meats start coming.
Back on the bus around 2PM, we now head for the cog-wheel, funicular train station to take the 20 minute ride up to the top of Corcovado Mountain. On the way we pass by the line pf Royal Palms
Out of the elevators, we walk to the first of two escalators and after our ride up these we are standing on top of the world. There used to be 296 steps up! Escalators are good! Sugar Loaf and its views are an afterthought when you have been to the top of Corcovado Mountain! As mentioned earlier, the mountain was covered in clouds this morning
We rejoin our guide at the appointed time and board the next train for our descent.
Back on the ship, we clean up and go to dinner at 6:30PM as we have another tour tonight that begins at 8:50PM. At that time, we board a bus to take us to a Samba show and folkloric. This turns out to be more fun than the Tango show in Buenos Aires. Perhaps that is a result of the rather scanty dress and amazing costumes of the performers. Talk about buns of steel!
first day in Rio.