The Big Fella

Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog

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Woke up early this morning for our hike up the "big fella". We passed people who wanted to make some money off us, one guy telling us that there were 2 favelas in the area (where????), and some saying it would take us about 3 hours to reach the top. Well.... it took us only an hour and a half (tough Kiwis... I mean c'mon, we can do anything!!). It wasnt the best view, it was overcast so cloud was covering the views, but on a clear day this would be amazing. Jesus himself wasnt as spectacular as we thought he'd be, he stands at about 30m high, and we were thinking he would be a lot bigger. Defintely not a wonder of the world to either of us, but of course you can't come to Rio and not pay him a visit (plus there were wild monkeys)!

We then walked back down and visited a mall before walking to Sugar Loaf mountain.

This walk to the second peak was far more tiring. It was a gorgeous walk though. We bought our tickets and headed towards the gondola. It looked really scarey but in reality wasn't as bad at all, in fact on the way down I was yawning! The views from here were better than at the San Cristoval because it wasn't as high and therefore you could see far better views from the top. On the way down we saw some marmosets (monkeys), and a local gave us some biscut to feed them (they have very sharp claws).

We spent the rest of the evening sitting on the beach sipping Fanta and watching the sunset which wasn't very good because of the clouds, but what was intersting was the soccor-tennis game 4 locals were having. It is our 8th year anniversary today so we decided that MacDonalds wasn't good enough and we went out to a buffet-style place to have a good meal.

Our last night in Rio, and infact our last night of our 4.5 month holiday as we fly out tomorrow for Nova Zealanda! 

skye2000nz says:
Well youve certainly had a wonderful trip and we cant wait to see you both
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
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