This morning was beautiful!! A perfect beach day and FINALLY we would be able to see the Christ Statue. What to do first?
When Andrew woke up he was still in a lot of pain from his sun burn so he decided more beach time in peak sun tanning time would not be good.
Sunday is Hippie Market Day in Ipanema. The Hippie Fair has been a tradition since 1968 and one of the must-see attractions in Rio. It is a great place to buy souvenirs of Brazil.
Then it was off to the Christ Statue. When we arrived at the Trem there wasn’t the usual long line and we were excited. We found out however that the next available Trem to go up the mountain was at 6:00pm. It was only 2:00pm. We must have missed the crowds buying up tickets. It’s understandable since this was the first clear day during the long weekend. There are other options to the top so…
We bought a return taxi ride to the top , and then had to stand in another line once we were part way to buy tickets, then the private company buses take you to the statue in vans and taxis. That is the ONLY way, other than the Trem or to walk, which the mere mention of walking sent Andrew almost over the edge ( he had burned the tops of his feet the day before, so he was in a bit of pain )
It was well worth the wait. The Christ statue and the view is AMAZING!! You really have to be patient though and not claustophobic with people, because the crowds and lines were the biggest I ever seen. Must be something to do with the long weekend and thousands of gays being in Copacabana this weekend… 😦
Our last day in Rio…well for Andrew & Kristina. We are so blessed to be able to see these places any weekend but for them and most people it is a once in a life time trip! So it was back to the beach to watch the sun set, get some pictures and enjoy a delicious dinner before heading home to Resende.
We got home REALLY late, but had such a wonderful weekend with them. Now what to do in Resende and area for the next few day? Hmm?
Have a good week Amigas!