TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:THE FAMOUS SIGHTS OF RIO … Christ The Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf
This morning we were up early and on our way to Rio by 7:15am. We are spending the next 3 days in Rio de Janeiro to show James the famous sights. These are the places that you think of when you think of Brazil…Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf. We only have 3 days, and there is just so much to see in and do in Rio. In case you didn’t already know I love Rio!
It was fun to be in the car with James as we went through the mountain pass, to see his expression. I enjoy watching as people see this for the first time! We just had to stop for a few pics…
When you are in to photography like James is, you know that certain times of the day are better for pictures. It’s so hard to be in all these places at just the “right” time for lighting and see all the things we wanted to. So…First stop was Christ Statue. We decided to do these tours by ourselves this time rather than hire Exotic tours since we might like to spend longer for pictures. This time we did the Trem to Corcovado!
As always, the view and the statue is AMAZING! While we were waiting for the trem down the mountain, we were even fortunate enough to see a cute little monkey waiting for some food!
On our way back to the car, we came across a really cool building. Might have been a hotel in it’s day…a great place for a photo shoot!
Our next stop was the famous Sugar Loaf. We wanted to wait until later in the day so we could take advantage of seeing this amazing view at sunset. Unfortunately we had a HUGE disappointment. As we were going through the line to go up, security asked James to go to the reception area where they took a look at his camera and tripod and said that they didn’t allow “professional gear” such as his and that he wasn’t allowed to take his camera. They thought he was going to take professional pictures to sell! We were so upset, you can’t even imagine how James was feeling…only time in Brazil…Sugar Loaf, a place with an amazing view of Rio…and NO camera! What made it even worse was when we got to the top, we saw a few people with better equipment than James’. No tripods, but better cameras. Because James wanted to capture some sunset views while in Rio, we only spent a short time here so we could chase a sunset!
We were able to get through traffic quick enough and decided to go to Copacabana Fort. There is a nice view of Copacabana beach, a Favela behind it and Sugar Loaf off to the side. We decided we would have a bite to eat and enjoy the sun setting over the beach…
Now off to bed…We’ve got a full day tomorrow!