After visiting the Christ statue our bus driver drove us to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). I actually already showed the picture below in a prior post but if you look at the big hill on the right and the tall mountain on the left, that is Sugarloaf. You take a gondola to the first shorter mountain and then another to the one on the left. We were hoping to get some good pictures and a good view on the gondola up (and down) but they packed those things full of people!
On the top of the first mountain.
You can see the Christ statue in the picture below. Gorgeous Rio.
Those green things on the tree are fruit…I forget what they are called!
At the top of the first mountain we walked around, took pictures, and checked out some tourist shops. They also had some restaurants and places to get ice cream, etc. One store was full of Havianas! Havianas are a Brazilian sandal company. They are sold in Nordstrom and random stores. I had my eyes on a pair at Nordstrom a couple of years ago; they had elephants all over them – my favorite animal – but never got them. Funny thing- my whole family, dad, mom, Kelsi, Patrick, Zach, Kevin, and I got a pair! I wanted to get a picture of all of us in our sandals but forgot to! Cute story- When Kelsi came off her mission she brought Ryder a pair of Havianas! I brought them to Brazil but they were just a little big and would fall off. He should be able to wear them this summer though! They are very cute! Here is the pair I got…and there are little elephants on the strap, love!
Waiting to get on the second gondola to the highest mountain.
We hung out at the top of the mountain and then went down to the shorter one and got some treats. Kevin made me a surprise concoction of chocolate ice-cream with a bunch of toppings. We hung out until it got dark and then made our way back down to the base of the mountain.
Kevin and sleepy Ryder on the bus ride to the hotel.
We ate dinner back in Rio and called it a night. It was a fun-filled, memorable, Christmas day!