07.02.2015 - 07.02.2015 27 °C
We had about a two hour wait in Santiago and then boarded a smaller Lan Chile plane for our 4 hr 15 min flight to Rio. I am starting to get tired now but there is too much to look at. Snow capped mountains with a glacier, and extremely high rugged mountains. Quite magnificent. Of course, my window is the only fogged up one in the entire plane, so photographing these fabulous mountains is quite difficult.
A lot of Spanish is being spoken and we can't understand a word. The hostie offered me a magazine to read and then realised we were English speakers, and then laughed and said "Well, you could just look at the pictures"! We laughed.
Lunch on our Lan Chile flight was lovely. I had mozzarella ravioli and Phil had a steak which he said was very tender. I have never enjoyed airline food so much. It must have something to do with being Premium Economy!
We arrived in Rio and it was raining. As we were in Seat 1A and 1C, we were the first off and first into Immigration. Then the wait for the bags. I was starting to think that my bag was lost but it eventually turned up - quite wet. It had obviously been sitting on the tarmac for ages.
There were 9 of us (Scenic Tour people) and we are the first to arrive. There will be 40 altogether, all doing Brazil and Antarctica and everyone will be here by Monday evening. Heidi from Scenic met us and we took the 45 minute drive to the Copacabana Palace Hotel - right on Copacabana Beach. The hotel is gorgeous - there is an old, original part and a couple of new buildings. We are in the old part, which we like very much. Our room is gorgeous and spacious and overlooks the beach and the ocean.
We are tired - neither of us has slept very much since we left Australia, Saturday lunchtime. We arrived in Rio at about 6.30 pm Saturday, after 16 hours of flying, but it was all good.
This is a photo of our bathroom; the night time view from our window and Rio complimentary slippers! Good Old Scenic has done it again - the best hotel in town!
After unpacking, as we are going to be here for 5 days, we went for a walk at about 9.30 pm. Rio on a Saturday night, one week out from Carnival, is just buzzing. Dopey me forgot to take the tablet for photos, so you will just have to imagine some of the sights we saw. People are starting to get dressed up for Carnival and are having street parties all over the place.
We found a great little restaurant called Armazem do Leme and Phil had a local delicacy, small sausage and onions. It was yummy. I settled for a small tomato pizza, which was exactly that - a small pizza covered in cheese with three slices of tomato on it. We both had a beer. It is 100% humidity here.
We are struggling with the language - Portugese. Not many people speak English, but we'll get there.
The drivers are crazy. They can do 90 kms on the roads and 70 kms around town, but it looks a lot faster than that to me.
It is now 11 pm and we haven't slept for days, so after I down load this blog, I am going to bed to sleep, sleep, sleep so we can wake ready and refreshed to explore this amazing place tomorrow.