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March 14 - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (Day 2)

semi-overcast 86 °F
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Segment 5, "Amazon Expedition", begins today - our 2nd day in Rio de Janeiro.

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An early start and smooth ride on the new light rail brought us to a lovely square in the old city. The glitzy beaches are all on the other side of the mountains, accessed through tunnels from the old city.

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Scary cats

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A vintage tram line took us into the old Santa Theresa neighborhood.

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Passing the Metropolitan Cathedral

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The tram travels across the top of a 1750 aqueduct.

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Hoping for clear skies to continue we then took a taxi to the first of two cable cars that ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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Going up - Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer statue is in the distance.

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The 2nd gondola (always reassuring to ride in cable cars made by Swiss engineers!)

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High above the long curve of Copacabana Beach

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Zooming in on the 130-foot-tall statue as clouds covered and uncovered what is said to be the world's largest art deco statue

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Words fail me.

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Posted by Swenigale 13:35 Archived in Brazil

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