The Tramway provides access to a ski hill on the other side of the mountain.
In summer this is a terrific way to access hiking and mountain biking trails.
Still … I’m glad I saw it. Highly recommended.
Sandia is wrongly advertised as the “longest in the world”.
The entertaining cable car announcers grudgingly concede that Dajti Ekspres cable car in Albania is longer.
And I’ve been to Merida, Venezuela. That series of four aerial tramways – reopened April 2016 – goes 1640 – 4765 meters making it the highest tourist aerial tramway in the world. It’s 12.5 km long. Far longer than Sandia.
This guy’s certainly going to be cheering Brazil to win the men’s futebol gold medal.
Everybody here is happy, happy.
But the Russian girl – Lena – I arrived with nearly got us kicked out. She climbed the Redeemer for a photo. 🙂
… A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. …
The cableway was envisioned by the engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos in 1908 who sought support from well-known figures of Rio’s high society to promote its construction. Opened in 1912, it was only the third cableway to be built in the world. …
… In 1951, an accident occurred in which one of the two cables snapped, leaving 22 people dangling on one cable. One mechanic aboard, Augusto Goncales, climbed out and slithered down to Urca station and helped to build an emergency car to go back up and rescue the other passengers, 12 women and girls, 6 men and 3 children, in an event which took about 10 hours …
I renewed my travel insurance for another year. This still looks the best deal for me. I haven’t made a claim … so I don’t know for sure.
__ original post April 2015:
What’s the best travel insurance for a 57yr-old who spends a good deal of time in the States. And who hikes remote nations?
Year round policies.
Budget backpackers, including myself, have long used World Nomads.
But the last time I went to book with them, there was some sort of weird exclusion for Albertans. 😦
Right now they want CAD$408.45 for 6 months. FAR too expensive.
The best site for Canadians researching the topic is Travel Insurance Review. Click through for a list of options with commentary.
There’s no coverage for anyone over 60 with many policies, including World Nomads. I’ve got a couple of years left.
World Escapade insurance is available to travelers who are 74 years old or younger. Travel CUTS Bon Voyage insurance is only sold to those age-50 or younger.
With my TD Bank account I can get less coverage for 1 year for $128.00. Rather than trying their lousy online system, call 1-866-566-1464.
TD uses Meloche Monnex to handle their insurance. The very inexpensive cost is offset by a deductible on any claim. $100 to $1000 deductible. I’ve never made a claim in the past. Don’t expect to make one in future. But this covers me (partly) for worst case scenarios.