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Praia de Botafogo 462 - Casa 3, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 22250-040, Brazil
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Forum Posts

Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by jwilliams2005

My fellow travelers, I am looking to rent a nice upscale, unique apartment during Carnavale 2011, in Rio. Can anyone recommend a reputable rental agency. Obrigado, James

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by Donna_in_India

Hi - check out www.vrbo.com or www.homeaway.com. I have rented through both of them several times and have always been happy.

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by rkearns

oi james,
there is an apartment that is two blocks from copacabana beach. i have stayed there twice and i refer everyone there cause the owner is a really honest and decent person... speaks english too.
his name is david. you can contact him at

david@gringomanagement.com

it's super clean and someone will meet you when you get there when you call them so you're not lost.

you can tell him regina sent you.

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by jwilliams2005

Obrigado, fellow traveler.....

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by jwilliams2005

Obrigado, Regina...Bom Dia...

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by Odinnthor

I will second the 'gringo' link as well. Good people there. There is often a problem with apartment rentals in Rio, as renters often switch apartments on a rentee. Gringo does not do that.

Check out my friend Zezinho, who is also a VT member. He has some unique tours and take on the Rio experience. Good guy. He also knows the 'gringo' owners, and recommends then as well. If you have any problems, ask him to pave the way.

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/12c626/

Good luck compadre......d:o)

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by jwilliams2005

Obragado. I appreciate your reply...

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by jwilliams2005

Fellow Traveler,

I followed your advice and I was able to rent a fantastic luxury apartment in Ipanema, in a great location. Obrigado

Re: Apartment rental in Rio de Janeiro

by rkearns

legal. valeu!

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnival 2006 video

by nickyte

Rio Carnival is undoubtedly the grandest and the best carnival in the world. The Carnival glistens with international participation and still retains the cultural magic Brazil can offer for the world. The multi million dollar budget of this annual festival is one proof that it is the brightest shining jewel of Brazil's love for festive and joyous celebrations. See it for yourselves by viewing the video of the recent Carnival held February 2006.

Most attendees of the Carnival yearn to go back again and again. The hundred dollar worth of tickets that range from $200 and up was certainly worth it. Every moment a treasure to remember a lifetime.

Thanks to John Sherwin for his kind thoughts of sending me this 2006 carnival video to share his memories for every one's enjoyment.

> View Rio Carnival 2006: www.tenhon.ca/vt/riocarnival2006.html

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Pao de...

by kewlkiwi

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Pao de Acucar Rio is one of the most beautiful cities i have been to, and there are lots of vantage points to take in the sites, one none better than here, or Corcavado of course.

THE OCEAN IN ANGER :)

by RafaelTheSecond

I could get my surrealist photo...unknown design, non sense lines and with the help of mother nature, very rough afternoon in the mouth of a chanell which meets the ocean at Barra da Tijuca.

Actually, it was not my intention, but my lucky stars made an excelent picture!

May 8th, 2006 by Rafael Torres Lopes

Coconuts

by toonsarah

At regular intervals along Copacabana, Ipanema and the other beaches you will find little stalls selling refreshments (48 on Avenida Atlântica alone). The standard international soft drinks are available, as is beer and small snacks, but the local thirst-quencher of choice is definitely coconut juice, known as Coco Gelado. Place your order and the stall-holder will select a large coconut from his display, slash off the base with a machete (to make it sit firmly on the table), turn it over and make several slashes in the top, then insert a straw so that you can enjoy a refreshing drink straight from the shell. After you drink the juice you can ask the man to split the nut for you to get at the meat. He will hit it even harder than before with the machete while holding it on the palm of his hand – those of a nervous disposition should look away!

I’ve never been over-fond of coconut, but in this setting I found myself really enjoying this treat and it remains one of my abiding memories of Rio.

While sitting there it’s likely that you’ll be approached by kids wanting to sell you peanuts. There’s a system here that you need to understand. The seller will put a small square of paper on the table in front of you and place a couple of peanuts carefully on it. He (they are usually boys) will then wander around the other tables and repeat the task before returning to you. If you've eaten the free samples, you'll be expected to buy a paper cone of nuts, freshly heated. Otherwise the nuts go back in the sample case.

Killer Bus Drivers

by Groentje

When taking a bus, it might be a good idea to pray a bit before you get on, or be sure to bring your lucky clover!
People, this is serious! Bus drivers are absolute maniacs over there. They run the red lights (nice for people just crossing the road), race each other... Pure madness!!
But, it's all part of the fun of taking a bus. You get up at the back of the bus, pay the clerk sitting there (good system: this way the chauffeur isn't bothered), go through the barriers (if you're not too "vertically challenged", that is), sit down, and enjoy the cool breeze going through the bus. Getting off is at the front of the bus.
Clerks are usually very friendly, so don't worry about not knowing where you're going. You can either first ask them how to get there, or you can just get off at the terminus, and take another bus there (happened to me one day).
The main advantage of the bus, though, is that it's really cheap. Only 1.30 R$ at times to go through the whole city!

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