Gem and Lob's Big Adventure
Rio - Part II Rio has been very kind to us, lovely hostel, lovely people and great weather. Sugar loaf mountain and the Christ the Redeemer were just so excellent with these elements combined. The day trip to both of these did not get off to a good start with the tour guide saying the weather was too cloudy. However, you can see by the pictures this was quite untrue. The real reason emerged later - she had been on a booze cruise party the night before. One of the other hostel people agreed to take us on the tour and we were soon on our way. After a long and winding trip up the Corcovado approach to the Christ the Redeemer we were confronted with the best looking reinforced concrete statue we have ever laid eyes on. Needless to say Gemma was beside herself. The views were stunning, again see pics, and was just amazing to be at the place which normally just lives as the prize on quiz shows! Next stop was Sugar loaf Mountain. The cable car ride was a daunting prospect for us both, especially Lisa after the experience in the London Eye where she spent most of her time rooted to the bench in the middle! We made it up there though and again the view was fantastic. As you can imagine after these adventures we were rather tired and remembered our promise to relax on the beach, so that's what we did in the lovely heat on Copacabana beach on Sunday... as did the whole of Rio it seems, the place comes alive at the weekend, with football and volleyball and combinations of the two played all over the beach. Speaking of football, these people know how to watch a game as well as they know how to play it! We were lucky enough to go and see Flamengo (one of Rio's 4 teams) play in the cup semi final at the Maracana. It was mad. A long long LONG way from Griffin Park! It had the decency to rain on our last day in Rio, which made the place just about bearable to leave... and so onwards to Iguazu... only a 24 hour bus trip away...