Touch Down in Brazil
Post by: Sophia Garner (Follow on Spotted Places @Siophiahhg)
Off the bat, I’m going to say now I will not be boring you with all the drivel that comes with beginning most people’s holidays, travels, trips, adventures and so on. Quite frankly no one really needs to know how there was traffic getting to the airport, or how you filled your time in either the
Made it to Lisbon, after what felt like a horribly long flight, which realistically was just under 3 hours. I have never actually been on a connection flight before. Therefore, I found it all a bit odd. I had to go through, what felt like, a back-door entrance which then
That being said, I was unimpressed with TAP Portugal’s (the airline used for my Lisbon and Rio flights) inboard meal options. As a heads up here, I will usually have a grumble at any restaurants/cafes or even supermarkets and service stations, I’ve clearly had an incident or two for that to be so specific – another story, that
Next stage was figuring out how to get myself to the Hostel. I had seriously miscalculated how far the airport was from the hostel I had chosen. I believe this was partially to do with the fact I thought I would be flying into a different airport
Anyway, cut a longer story short, I fixed myself on a bus to Lapa. The useful gentlemen at the airport advised I then get a taxi to the hostel from Lapa. However, after using Google Maps, I thought I’d walk it. The overall time distance didn’t seem far, a mere 14-minute walk, how wrong I was. The walk actually entailed some flat bits, some slightly up-hill bits and then a god-awful amount of steps. To be exact these steps are the beautiful Escadaria Selarón or also known as the Selaron Steps. They are the work of Jorge Selarón, who was born in Chile. He claimed the steps were his “tribute to the Brazilian people”. There are 215 steps in total and they measure 125 meters in height. Please do remember at this point I had my full backpack attached to me and I was running on very little. Needless to say, it was a challenge, I made it to the hostel somewhat out of breath.
I decided to shower and head straight back out to explore. My Rio to-do-list was quite specific, I had always wished to visit Pão de Açúcar, also known as the Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. I had looked at the map previously to attempt to make a plan. As I would only be in Rio for 3 days, I came to the conclusion that I would need to do each of these visits on different days due to the distance between them. However, as I arrived and left the hostel a lot earlier than I had originally expected, I was able to be
You can hike up to the Morro da Urca if you wish and then take the cable car to Sugarloaf. If you like the idea of hiking part of the way, it is mostly through
The views from the top of both peaks were just incredible. Luckily for my camera and
Around noon I was back on ground level and no longer up in the skies. I decided I would make the absolute most of the day and venture to see Christ the Redeemer. The impressive statue was created by the French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by two engineers: Heitor da Silva Costa, Brazilian, and Albert Caquot, French. The statue stands 38 meters tall, making it the 3rd tallest statue of Jesus in the world with arms stretching 28 meters wide. It weighs a whopping 635 tons and sits on the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado mountain. Pretty impressive!
The red tram takes you as far up as possible by vehicle and then you walk a flight or two of steps to the base of the statue. The weather turned slightly as the
I had now ticked off my top ‘to do’s’
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