Friday, July 11, 2014 1 and 2

We got into Rio early Friday morning. Our host Marques picked us up at the airport and drove us to the apartment in Copacabana where we were staying. Literally two blocks from the beach. We had a nap before heading out for our favela tour at 2:00. We were in a group with about 10 others. Our guide and driver were from the favelas. We got to see 2 different ones. The first was Rocinha which is the biggest in Rio. The second was much smaller.

We ate dinner at a churrascaria. The picaña was fantastic and a serious overdose of meat was consumed!

Saturday we went in the morning up Corocovado mountain to see Christ the Redeemer. It was raining in the morning and a bit cloudy when we got up there. When the clouds lifted the views were fantastic! In the afternoon we went to see Sugar Loaf mountain. The line was really really long but we did make it up to the very top in time to see the sunset. We had some very cool views of Rio at night and it looked beautiful. You could catch a glimpse of the redeemer statue that was lit green and yellow for Brazils match tonight. We were able to catch the end of the match at a restaurant. Each restaurant was packed with people watching the match.

Sunday is the big one! We will have nice weather so were going to Copacabana beach in the morning before heading to the Maracanã to watch the final!

Carpe Diem.

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