By Samantha Finch
After checking out and eating our final breakfast at our pousada in Paraty, the Pace Brazil documentary team made the five-hour bus trip to Rio De Janerio, stopping briefly to shoot video of a shipyard building tankers and other vessels serving Brazil’s booming offshore oil industry.
As we sat in traffic jams entering the sprawling city, it was hard to picture how Rio will be able to handle the thousands of tourist who will flood the hotels, streets, and stores during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Finally, we pulled up to our hotel, just a short walk from the fabled Ipanema Beach, took our luggage to our rooms and then prepared to go to Pão de Açúcar, also known as Sugarloaf Mountain.
With camera gear in hand, we made our way to the cable cars to the first station. After spending a few minutes to film, we took a second cable car to the top of the mountain that overlooks the entire city of Rio.
Perched 1,299 feet above Guanabara Bay, we stood at the summit of Sugarloaf and filmed the majestic beauty of Rio from high above as the sunset closed the curtain on our first day in Rio.