I flew to Rio with Fred Pereira with TV One and Juliana Vettore with my Brazilian publisher. It’s only a 40 minute flight. I stayed at the Fasano Hotel which looks out onto Ipanema Beach. Here are the views from my room.
The hotel is designed by Phillip Stark. This is what I saw when I got off the elevator on my floor! It felt rather Kafkaesque. The walls are all dark wood and the walls narrow in toward the end like a funnel. In the middle there is only this one chair which looks like a Botera woman!
I didn’t realize the bare wooden walls were actually lined with doors to the rooms until I looked down and saw my room number lit up.
I had a delicious breakfast the next morning—poached eggs and papaya, overlooking Ipanema beach.
Then Fred took me sightseeing.
We went first onto the tram that takes you up to the top of the famous Sugar Loaf. This is an enormous rock upthrust that was granite which solidified into the rock called gneiss (pronounced ‘nice.’) Gneiss is also the bedrock upon which Manhattan is built. These rock formations remind me very much of the huge, glacier-formed cliffs in Yosemite National Park. Think ‘El Capitan,’ for instance.
Here is the tram that took us up.
The videos show you the panoramic view from Sugar Loaf starting from the mountains just above the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to the cities and harbor on the other side of the mountains. The towns that you see up on the hillsides are favelas, the slum communities.
We then took the 2nd tram to the very top
brazil, Fasano Hotel, Favela Vidigal, Ipanema beach, rio