GLCO goes to Rio De Janeiro

By helen

The good times continued for Helen in Brazil:

Rio is an amazing city. It's the second largest cities in Brazil with approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper,  making it the 6th largest in the Americas and 26th in the world. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings,  carnival celebrations, samba,  bossa nova , balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon and of course beautiful women. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor") atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the new Seven wonders of the world,  Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambodromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest soccer stadiums.

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View of the Christ from the cab.

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On our way the a small waterfall at Barra da Tijuca

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Jaca tree (jackfruit) has been known to reach a length of up to 3 feet (90 cm) weighing 80 lbs (36 kgs) or more

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Street dogs hanging by the Tijuca's forest

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Our friend Elza Pimentel inside the Frescão bus (executive bus with air conditioned) on our way to the Christ.

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Surf spot at Pedra do Arpoador.  The rock outcropping creates stable left breakers up to 7–10 feet high.

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The little train that takes you to the top

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