Urban hiking in Rio de Janeiro anyone?

Posted: June 5, 2011 in Brazil

Sunday´s  city wander (10miles-ish) took me to Santa Teresa…

  • Santa Teresa is the name of a neighbourhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, by the centre of Rio, and is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot for artists and tourists. The neighbourhood originated around the Santa Teresa Convent, built in the 1750s on the Desterro hill. At the end of the 19th and early 20th century it was an upper class borough, as testified by its magnificent mansions, many of which are still standing.

Sunday.. You know Corcovado I am guessing? The Christ on a mountain? Jesus on a hill?

  • Towering atop 2400 ft. tall Corcovado Mountain stands certainly Rio’s most memorable monument Christ The Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Standing upright at over 100 feet (38feet) tall, two and one half million pounds (1,145 tons) with outstretched arms and open, inviting hands, Cristo maintains a 24 hour vigil to all inhabitants of Rio

It seemed like a good idea at 7am when I woke up this morning… quick sandwich, bottle of water and double espresso. It is a 9 km steady climg that I did in under 2 hours. Got to the top, took some photos and jogged back down… MUCH quicker on the way down!

Pretty spectaculor views from the top,  you can see 360 degress around Rio. In the photo below you can see sugar loaf mountain and Botofago Bay

I also bumped into this little chap on the jog down 🙂

I was starving by the time I got to the bottom so had some local rice, black beans, beef and red stuff (cabbage I think) and took a long (8km) slow walk back to the hostel past the Cathedral. A huge concrete beehive of a building… really grey, drab and tatty, but once inside quite inspiring in a 1950´s Armageddon-esque alien invasion, borg landing ship way!

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