Image: Chris Knutson
While the boat was being constructed in Huatajata, workmen near the town of Copacabana (after which the beach in Rio is named) prepared a ramp and jetty to move the chosen boulder onto the vessel. The selected andesite boulder was located on a steep slope near the shore. Other rocks, such as this one, had to be cleared from its path. And since the boulder to be transported weighed between nine and 10 tons, getting it onto the boat was quite a challenge.