Saturday, March 9, 2013

Corcovado Run - Rio de Janeiro

I just returned today from another trip to Rio, where I hiked the trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue. The trailhead begins at Parque Lage and continues up nearly 1.5 miles to the top with about 2,300' of climb (average grade about 31%). As it's nearing the end of summer in Rio, it was hot and extremely humid. I don't think I've sweated so much in years.

The 3 mile jog out to the Parque Lage trailhead from my hotel took me by Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a lagoon right in the middle of Rio. Rowing is very popular at Lagoa and there are several rowing practice stations along the shore.

Lagoa footpath, Corcovado in distance
Rowing practice

Parque Lage

The trail gets steep and technical
Trailhead Map

Waterfall along trail

Chains aid a steep section

Back on the beach at Ipanema, Brazilians play "futevĂ´lei." It's volleyball played with a soccer ball (and no hands). Seriously, how are we ever going to beat a country in soccer where they can play volleyball with their feet?!

FutevĂ´lei on Ipanema