We got a pick up to our hotel; the Miramar Hotel by Windsor. At arrival we they gave us a glass of champagne and a few minutes later our room. We wasn't sure if we would get our room so early, but luckily we did.
Our room had this great view of Copacabana:
Then we took a shower and got ready for today's adventure.
First a taxi to the cable car beneath the Sugar loaf. After waiting a few minutes, we took the forst car for the day to the first plateau.
We are not there only for the fine view, we have also Bond business to attend.
At the first plateau, we could recognize scenes from the movie Moonraker:
Then we headed up to the second and last plateau, the sugar loaf itself.
Here we found even more Bond locations.
And of course a lovely view of Rio.
We spend some time there (and ate breakfast), but eventually we headed down again.
New taxi; this time to the train/funicular that would take us to Cristo Redentor (you can also take a minibus up there, which would be simpler and take much less time, but I wanted to do the train).
We arrived at the station at 10:20 - and got train tickets to 11:40.
During the wait, the heat came to Rio. It is really getting hot here now.
A 20 minutes train trip later, we arrived at the top of Corcovado.
And there is Cristo - and a whole bunch of tourists.
We did our thing, taking photos of the guy himself, the lovely view
before we escaped the sun and went back to the hotel to take it easy for a while.
When the temperature outside started to go down, we went to the beach. Our hotel was just by Tower 5.
Copacabana is a nice beach, but with big waves coming in which made it hard to do any real bathing. So we just jumped in for a bit, sat on our beach chairs - and repeated the process.
It was very nice to relax for a bit.
Back at the room, we had earlier discovered a fun leaflet from the hotel:
Henrik now tried to ask the cleaning lady in French (the closest language to Brazilian Portuguese any of us spoke) to get another one so we could both take it home to show friends.
He talked to her for several minutes, trying to make her understand.
It didn't work.
Five minutes later the cleaning lady came back with an envelope - with condoms.
Time for our last meal in South America. We stopped by our hotel pool to have a Caiprinha (of course - when in Brazil!) and then went to a nice Italian restaurant (Don Camillo) recommended to us by the reception at the hotel.
The food was very good.
Then back to the hotel. We can actually sleep in tomorrow. Yay! :)