Covering Olympic Sailing for Sailing World Magazine in Rio de Janeiro. Follow here or at http://www.sailingworld.com/racing/olympics
It’s my final day in Rio, solo! (I join my friend Sarah in Peru tomorrow, and my friend Meaghan will join us a few days after that for Argentina and a return to Rio for more sightseeing.)
I went on a jeep and hiking tour in Tijuca Forest- one of the largest urban forests in the world, taking up more than 15 square miles inside of Rio de Janeiro. It was raining like crazy when I woke up this morning but by the time we reached the forest entrance in the hills just outside of Ipanema, the rain had petered off to a light drizzle and then stopped all together. It made the rainforest even more green and it smelled SO good and fresh!
About Tijuca: In the late eighteenth century, much of it was cleared for coffee and sugar plantations, but the removal of the trees caused so much flooding (there’s a lesson here!!) in the city below that in the 1860s the emperor Dom Pedro commissioned a reforestation project. Since 1961, Tijuca has been a protected national park, a true oasis inside the city limits- like stepping into the Amazon for a few hours!
Here are some photos from the half-day jaunt. We were supposed to have a full tour of six people, but three others backed out due to the weather. Their loss!
We headed back to Copacababa, where the meeting point for the tour was. Our little gang of three had such a fun time that we decided to have lunch together at a restaurant on Leme beach- it was SO good! Endless seafood and meat. I couldn’t eat dinner after that meal!
That’s all for now as in 6 hours (2 am) my car arrives to take me to the airport for my 5 am flight to Cusco (via Sao Paulo and Lima). More from Peru, soon!
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