Risen Over Rio

RP Stillworks Photography

We arose at 4:45 AM and were on the street in front of our AirBnB at 5. Our guide, Patricia, hired a driver for us, since the Easter holiday would draw crowds to the attractions we were visiting. In the dark, we drove through the streets of Rio, rising uphill and winding through neighborhoods. As we made a turn, I noticed the full moon, shining brightly, allowing me to see the Christ Redeemer above us in the darkness of the early morning.

IMG_5844 full moon lights our way

We arrived at a deserted parking lot.  The driver stopped and let us out – only our truck’s headlights lit our path. We followed Patricia toward a staircase, leading upward through a lush, dark, jungle. We climbed the stairs, trying not to think about all the warnings we’d heard, don’t go to a favela, don’t go to secluded areas, don’t go out…

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