Farewell to Rio
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It's my last day in Rio and I still have to see two of its most famous sights: Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer!
My friends and I agreed to meet up at 7:45 this morning to head to Sugar Loaf. We took a hotel car over and were the first in line that morning! It was a beautiful, sunny day -- so glad the rain had finally stopped. The rock in Sugar Loaf seems to be a lot like Stone Mountain in Georgia or Enchanted Rock in Texas -- granite schist. There are cable cars that take you up to the top, and we caught the first one of the day. The cost is 35 reals (about 17.50 USD at rates in effect then). The cable cars take you up to the first big rock (Orsa, or Bear), and you change cars to take a second one up to the top of Sugar Loaf.
On top of Sugar Loaf there were lots of monkeys -- marmosets, actually.
We headed back to the hotel to get packed, as all the rest of us were taking off later today. I got my things together and checked out, and then headed out to see Big Jesus. I couldn't get anyone else to go along, as they had seen it earlier in the week. It was a 30 minute ride by taxi over to Corcovado, where Big Jesus is located, but it was well worth the drive. The setting is amazing -- it is high on a granite peak called Corcovado, which means "hunchback." The road up is very narrow and winding. It feels like there should be hundreds of accidents the way people drive here, but it all seems to work out.
I returned to the hotel and had a late lunch. I tried a traditional Brazilian dish, Feijoada, made with black beans and pork. Along with a cold Chopp (Brazilian draft beer), it was a great farewell lunch.
One last stroll on Copacabana Beach in the sunshine, and it was time to go. Nine of us packed up into a large van and headed to the airport for our departures. I hung out at the Admiral's Club at the airport until my departure time (8:50pm). My flight home is Rio direct to Miami, then to Dallas, and finally Austin -- all on American.