Going for a trip to Brazil, my first port of call was Rio de Janeiro, the best known city. As this was a trip planned at the very last minute, out of all the people I asked to come with me, only my mum could make it for the first half of the trip. As she is semi-retired at the moment, she had the schedule flexibility to just jump on a plane with asked.
The first thing we did when we arrived in Rio is to see the symbol of the city - Christ the Redeemer. As my mum resolutely refused to do the climb on foot, we took the Corcovado rack railway. This train route winds its way through Tijuca National Park for about half an hour en route to the top.
As there had been a month’s worth of rain in the few days before we arrived, there was a huge queue at the station. When we tried to buy the tickets we were told that the next available train was in three hours, so we wandered off to a cafe in the meantime to wait.
Although I was disappointed not to be able to walk to the top, the views from out of the side of the train were great. You could see the Atlantic Rainforest that made up Tijuca National Park, as well as intermittent views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The train went very slowly, about 20mph, but this was nice as you were able to savour the views without feeling rushed
Once at the top, the crowds were huge, with everyone trying to copy the pose of Christ. The view of the city was spectacular though, with being able to see almost all the parts of Rio Zona Sul. Sugarloaf mountain could be seen with the cablecar running to the top.