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RIO DE JANEIRO

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL PORTS

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We sailed in just as the rising sun began to light up the mountains. Wow!

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The 125 foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. We were blessed with a clear day to see Rio.

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Here we were at one of the world’s most recognizable sites – and we were captivated by the antics of a couple of Coati among the spotlights.

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The cog railway that brings visitors up the mountain to the statue runs through the 23,000 acre Tijuca Forest.

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On Ipanema Beach there were some fantastic sand sculptures.

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After a meat-filled traditional Churrascaria lunch at a local restaurant we were ready to ride the two cable car systems that would take us to the top of 1300 foot Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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What a great view – the Copacabana beach is on the left. The city has close to two dozen such bays.

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The Serenity remained docked overnight and the next day, in spite of the clouds that had rolled in, we found our way to Copacabana beach. Water is sprayed on the sand in pathways to help you get to the ocean without foot blisters.

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The beaches are the Brazilians’ social gathering places – but there wasn’t much activity mid-day on a Tuesday.

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In days to come we will need to see these pictures –when we can’t believe we really were here on Copacabana Beach!

Posted by Swenigale 09:16

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