Rua Triunfo 38, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20240-320, Brazil
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crab hostel in ipanema:

by livi4

would you recommend it to a casual traveller?

RE: crab hostel in ipanema:

by viaggiamondo

hey ya! i stayed in crab hostel and i didnt like it that much, last time i went to rio i stayed in a pousada that i loved, its called castelinho38, its in santa teresa, its near lapa where ther r tons of bars and stuff!
if i had to choose i would go there!!! the website is, hope u like it!!!!!

RE: RE: crab hostel in ipanema:

by livi4

thanks !


by TPlamondon


I am planning a trip to Rio De Janeiro May 14-26 and I want to meet locals. I like music and art and I am looking to see all the sites and especially the falls. I am from Los Angeles and I do not speak Portuguese but I do know some Spanish. Any recommendations on where to stay and travel agents to visit the falls?


Re: Greetings

by viaggiamondo

i immagine u already have planned everything by now, but i was gonna say 2 stay in santa teresa, its a really cool bohemian neighberhood, there r lots of bars and places that play lots of music, also Lapa is just near where u'll fid tons of samba bars and more! i find that in copacabana and ipanema the bars are just the same as europe or anywhere else in the world so if u want some real rio expirience i think lapa and santa teresa is the best!
i also stayed in a incredible place called castelinho38! its a guest house in a real castle!!! super cool!!!

first trip to Brazil--Rio, something in between, Sao Gotardo,

by salcott

Hey, it's my first time going to Brazil this October and I wanted any tips. I want to stop at Rio, and then spend a few days somewhere(this is where I'm up for suggestions) and then I'm meeting my Brazilian boyfriend's family in Sao Gotardo in Minas Gerais. Also, Does anyone have any experience with Sao Gotardo?? I guess I could potentially live there in a year. Let me know! Thanks.

Re: first trip to Brazil--Rio, something in between, Sao Gotardo,

by bahiana77

I would say you're going to find this place pretty rural, pretty small, pretty provincial (Having been to a few similar hideaways to visit friends, I'm guessing 2 churches, 4 bars, about 20 little stores "downtown" and about 5000 people max.)--- maybe 3 hours drive (maybe more by bus) from the capital Belo Horizonte (between B.H. and Uberaba, but a little north).

So you could fly into Belo Horizonte and tour some of the charming Colonial cities in Minas. Or you could take buses from Rio to the Colonial cities south of B.H. (Sao Joao del Rei, Tiradentes,Congonhas, Ouro Preto), then on to B.H. itself. Do some research online to see more about these beautiful cities. Here're some sites with info:
Reviews of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas, with suggestions for clubs, etc. (For "potential" living, you might consider living in B.H.)
Colonial cities of Minas--map

You could also fly up to Salvador, spend a few days in that area, and then fly to Belo Horizonte to catch the bus to this town. Or bus up the coast from Rio to Salvador, stopping at a lot of wonderful little coastal towns on the way.

Re: first trip to Brazil--Rio, something in between

by viaggia_mondo

hey ya! i would stay in rio at least 7 days, at least, if yu can stay 10 even bettr. there is lots to do, and you dont really wanna b rushed. lots of things to do during the day, from the classics: christ, pao de acucar, the market sahara, a cool place is in neteroi where there is a fish market and you go there aearly lunch time , u buy your fish an then upstairs there are some restourants where you can give your fresh fish and they cook it for you.
then at night you have lapa, which i love, iots a really great place, lots of bars playing live music, then you have the beach at leblon and ipanema. i dont really like copacabana, and i dont particularly racomand to stay there.
also a really nice are to visit and to stay its santa teresa, a bohemian neighborhood, i stayed in a faboulus guesthouse (not expensive, very clean, really nice ppl!!!) , its called castelinho38:
i really raccomende it, have a look! well have a good holiday!!!!

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Currency Exchange

by HispanicYob

One of the first things I needed to immediately do convert my American dollars to Brazilian reais . I stayed at the Tupiniquim Hostel in Botafogo and I exchanged my money there directly at the hostel. I remmeber the exchange rate being fairly decent. For example, apx 198 USD was equal to apx 305 Reais (as of 2008 it was). If you're staying at a hostel or even a hotel, see if they can do a currency exchange for you. You might even get a better rate.


by janaina

On 1st January 1502,the Guanabara Bay was found.As the Portuguese mistook the bay for the mouth of a large river,they named it "Rio
De Janeiro",or January River,if translated literally.
When people realized it was not a river,but a bay,it was renamed as Guanabara Bay!
The city was created in on 1st march,1565,by Estacio De Sa,Mem De Sa nephew,who was Brazil's third general Governor,and the one responsable for expelling the French from Rio on 20th january, 1567.
It was also the day catholics celebrated Sain Sebastian Day,than he became the patron of Rio De Janeiro.
The city was built close to the Sugar Loaf,and after the Frenchs gone,Mem De Sa decided to remove the city from there,in order to better protect it from invaders.
The city was the second capital of Brazil(the first was Salvador),until 1960,when Brasilia was created and Rio ceased to be the capital.
Rio remained the largest city in Brazil and also an important economic center for a long time,loosing its position to Sao Paulo.
During the 18th,it was the main trade center for gold and diamonds from Minas Gerais.
Later,its status as the Nationa Capital and as the royal residence of the Portuguese Monarch Dom Joao VI,influenced Rio's continued growth!

How to join the Rio Carnival Parade.

by nickyte

Give yourself some nine months preparation prior to the event. Some schools require a few days or few weeks at least prior to the parade. Note the carnival sked falls in the month of February.

Secure a list of samba schools from the nearest Brazilian consulate or refer to the following Samba Schools - Address List.

Be aware of each school's rehearsal schedule, the frequency and the location of the school. Some samba schools rehearse in various favela districts (slums) which are not advisable for non-locals or tourists. Always be accompanied by a local guide. Never be by yourself.

Samba schools prepare early or immediately after each carnival finishes. Others start in July once or twice a week. Each school specifically mentions the sked for rehearsals and training way in advance in preparation for the next carnival.

Inquire about the package deals from each school. Oftentimes a contact with a native Brazilian who joins the parade will be the easy route as they can assist you to join without further delay.

Certain samba schools will assign last-minute participants at the tail-end of their parade. You see them with different costumes not necessarily in sync with the theme colors and pageantry of the real samba students. Others will require specific costumes you have to provide your measurements way in advance. Other samba schools charges Brazilian $200 just for participation, i.e. you secure your own costume by buying ready made ones or designing one for yourself. Rates for participation varies from school to school.

Some tourists book participation with their local travel agent. Brazilian consulate offers the list of these travel agents.

Samba schools are judged on different points. Costumes that fall easily or floats that malfunction and ground due to technical problems can be costly with big points deducted from the total score.

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Abra├žos & Beijos

by CLillard

It is not uncommon for a Brazilian to sign their letters or e-mails (even at work!) with kisses or hugs. They will also say this when getting off of the phone. When talking to a woman, they will say kisses. When talking to a man, they will say hugs. Yes, Brazilian men say 'hugs' to other was a new concept for me, especially in a work setting. And as you probably know, people greet each other with kisses, one on each cheek.


by RafaelTheSecond

When you go to the top of Corcovado Hill you really notice how huge is Rio de Janeiro, jsut in the urban area we are more than 6 million people, in that picture you can see the districts of Ipanema, Copacabana and Botafogo. Just in Copacabana we are ONE MILLION PEOPLE.

But you will have 6 million chances to be treaten like a king. You should come to Rio and do not be afraid!;)

May 14th, 2005


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Address: Rua Triunfo 38, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20240-320, Brazil