Redeemed in Rio

We arrived in Rio on Thursday the 26th. Our guide Glayber, that is really his name, met us at the airport; little did we know he would turn out to be almost a super hero, more about that later. The natural beauty of Rio is frankly jaw dropping; large peaks rise out of the Atlantic to encircle the beaches, and primeval-looking frigate birds circle the air above. The views from Corcovado and Sugarloaf, the two highest peaks that are accessible to tourists, allow you see the entire city from two very different vantage points.  Unfortunately we only got to tour on Friday because Annie has been having some significant back issues. Glayber (this is where the superhero part comes in) sprang into action and, on no notice, was able to find us an acupuncturist that was available.  To say the acupuncture experience was unique is an understatement; we will be happy to share it along with photos when we see each of you next, it’s too wacky to post here. Saturday we took it easy to give Annie’s back a chance to heal before the next leg of our journey to Africa.

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These were our first views of Rio from the roof of our hotel on Copacabana Beach.

These were our first views of Rio from the roof of our hotel on Copacabana Beach.

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 Christ the
Redeemer is
a statue of  Jesus Christ 
in  Rio de
Janeiro , Brazil; considered the largest  Art Deco  statue in the
world and the  5th largest 
statue in the world. It is 98 ft tall and its arms stretch 92 ft
wide. It weighs 635 tons and is located at the peak of the  Corcovado  mountain in the  Tijuca Forest  National
Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has
become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and  Brazil . It is made of
reinforced concrete and  soapstone ,
and was constructed between 1926 and 1931.

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue in the world. It is 98 ft tall and its arms stretch 92 ft wide. It weighs 635 tons and is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1926 and 1931.

This the view from the Redeemer of Sugarloaf mountain in the distance and a section of Rio. Because of the height of the peaks surrounding it, Rio was built in the valleys in between.

This the view from the Redeemer of Sugarloaf mountain in the distance and a section of Rio. Because of the height of the peaks surrounding it, Rio was built in the valleys in between.

These are the frigates I mentioned that circle above the beaches.

These are the frigates I mentioned that circle above the beaches.

Marmosets are everywhere on Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains. Despite being told not to, people feed them, and risk getting a nasty bite.

Marmosets are everywhere on Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains. Despite being told not to, people feed them, and risk getting a nasty bite.

Brazil produces 65% of the world's gemstones, Annie was hoping this one would be exported to Baltimore, then we remembered there is still tuition to be paid.

Brazil produces 65% of the world's gemstones, Annie was hoping this one would be exported to Baltimore, then we remembered there is still tuition to be paid.

This is Glayber, moments before he changed into his superhero disguise. Trent, he could be your younger Brazilian brother. Oh yeah, and that is Copacabana beach in the background. 

This is Glayber, moments before he changed into his superhero disguise. Trent, he could be your younger Brazilian brother. Oh yeah, and that is Copacabana beach in the background. 

Daybreak over Copacabana Beach and hopefully the dawning of a better day for Annie's sore back. Next stop Capetown South Africa. We will post again in a few days.

Daybreak over Copacabana Beach and hopefully the dawning of a better day for Annie's sore back. Next stop Capetown South Africa. We will post again in a few days.