Go back to Brazil.
Pouring rain and a thick overcast greeted us on arrival in Rio. We were met at the airport by Duda, our driver and a climber himself, and Didi who, along with his wife Sue, were our main contacts. Both of them were optimistic despite a hopelessly looking dark sky. They assured us that the weather would be fine though we’d start out our trip with a non-climbing “rest day”. In the morning, the two picked us from our hotel in the Ipanema neighborhood and we drove west out of the city to check out the Prainha Beach and to do a short hike in the urban Tijuca Forest. Nice but we were wondering why it was that we weren’t climbing despite a much improved, mostly sunny weather. We would find out the following day.
Pack session and one sad puppy who now understands what these sessions foreshadow (May 2019).
Arriving in Rio. Where’s the sunshine (May 2019)?
Ipanema Beach on our first day (May 2019).
Dois Irmaos formation from Ipanema (May 2019).
Ipanema Beach (May 2019).
Killing rainy time walking around the Ipanema neighborhood (May 2019).
Ipanema area (May 2019).
Street scene (May 2019).
View from the hotel window (May 2019).
Prainha Beach about one hour west of Rio the following day (May 2019).
Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf; just left of center) as seen from the Chinese Overlook (May 2019).
Dois Irmãos (Twin Brothers) do Leblon as seen from the Chinese Overlook (May 2019).
A gang of coatis in the urban Tijuca Forest (a national park; May 2019).
More coatis (May 2019).
A close-up (May 2019).
A portrait (May 2019).
Rio de Janeiro. We’re about to get that first taste of an acai smoothie (May 2019).
Endless granite within the city (May 2019).
See what I mean (May 2019)?
A much sunnier Ipanema Beach (May 2019).
Peddlers and hustlers but not too bad overall (May 2019).
Fruit vendor at Ipanema (May 2019).
Go to Pao de Acucar.
Go back to Brazil.