Villa Laurinda

Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo, 98, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20240-270, Braz
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February before Carnival

by ppattiff

I am desperately trying to find a taxi service/guide with a low vehicle as I am in a wheelchair. I cannot climb into a 4 x 4 or a van, but can easily get into a station wagon. My wheelchair folds up easily and my husband will do everything for me.

Also, we are there on the 10th and 11th just before Carnival starts - what can we see to get an idea of it all. Is Plataforma a good idea?

Re: February before Carnival

by bahiana77

I would try to contact Rafael Torres Lopes, an amazing and very personable Rio tour guide. He has a Bronco type vehicle, but if he is free, I'm sure he could arrange a suitable vehicle for you to join him on a visit to the city he is so passionate about.

He has a huge number of informational pages about the RIo area and himself on this VT site under the name RafaelTheSecond, which you should look at.

Contact info:
phone (21 city code for Rio) 9469 6562
His blogs:


IMHO Plataforma is a Vegas-plastic tourist ripoff show. You could go to the show at Cidade do Samba, the place the city built to show tourists about what is involved in producing Carnaval. Or you could simply go to Lapa to one of the samba clubs to see alive band and singer. Carioca da Gema, a small popular club, does have a few steps up to the main floor where the stage is, but they could be negotiated with your husband's help. I would get someone at your hotel to call ahead for you to try to reserve a table on that floor with good sightlines to the stage, so you could be accomodated in the nicest and most efficient manner.

Happy Travels.

Re: February before Carnival

by Odinnthor

Good advise. Not much needed to add to that.

Re: February before Carnival

by ppattiff

Thank you so much for your information -- I shall certainly act on it immediately. Happy New Year!

Re: February before Carnival

by ppattiff

Thank you for your very helpful reply. I appreciate it.

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

The most important in this...

by agusting

The most important in this city is that it doesn't only possess beautiful beaches in their near areas but rather it possesses many islands of paradisiac style to which you can arrive by means of trips in ship.

See the view of Lagoa Rodrigo...

by scarm

See the view of Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas from the top of Corcovado. The Lagoa, as is is called by the dwellers of the zona sul, is a fresh-water lake, that is home for many species of fish. All types of waterfowl passing through Rio pay a visit to the Lagoa while they are in town. The Lagoa is also a center for remo (rowing), and several clubs have rowing facilities on the Lagoa, including Botafogo, Flamengo, and Vasco da Gama. In my opinion, the Lagoa is really not clean enough to swim in, so I would not want to row in it. It is 7.1 km around the Lagoa via a very well maintained asphalt track. On a warm and sunny day, the entire 7.1 km is filled with local residents, walking, jogging, playing, and bicycling, although the bicycling can be a little slow, due to all of the walkers and joggers. I have ridden around the lake many times, but the best workout comes at about 10:00 PM, when the walkers are all tucked into their sofas watching the latest novela. At this time, one can ride a bicycle with virtually no obstructions. They say that a good goal is to do three laps in under an hour. I have done this at night, but during the day, it is an impossibility. Bicycles can be rented on Copacabana beach, by the way, and one of the best things to do with one of these Copacabana bicycles is to check out the Lagoa.

The Brazilian national drink and cocktail

by csordila

Cachaca is a spirit native to Brazil and is distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. Considered a member of the rum family, it is lighter than other rums which are molasses based. Cachaca has a light, smooth flavor with an aroma that is the essence of fresh sugarcane juice. An ageing process at least a year or more improves the cachaca, creating special aroma components, and softens the flavor of the spirit.

The traditional cachaca cocktail is the caipirinha, a delightful drink made by mixing crushed lime, sugar and cachaca, served over ice. It is the national drink of Brazil and is drunk by everyone from the favela dwellers to the playboys in the clubs of Ipanema.
It's best enjoyed in the evening sunshine on the beach, accompanied by some Bossa Nova or Samba, with a Churrasco barbecue on the go.

Do you like beaches, hmm? We...

by pothalion

Do you like beaches, hmm? We are plenty of here in Rio city, state and all over the brazilian coast. Rio, Bahia, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Ceará, are among the best beach states in my opinion.

In Rio we got the urban beaches: Ipanema (very good but sometimes a little poluted), Copacabana and Leblon (the same), Barra da Tijuca (crowded but good) and Recreio(this is one of my favorites, when not crowded). A little off Rio we got Prainha (very good), Grumari(VERY good), Itacoatiara (this is amazing, but i've never been there).

Farther from Rio, but near, we got the Parati and Angra dos Reis area, one of the MOST beautifull coastal area of the world, i assure you, but you gotta have a boat to explore fully this places. Angra dos Reis has such a gigantic amount of islands and capes and beaches, and a enormous diversity of life species, under and above water.

To the north of Rio there is also a very nice area, in Cabo Frio, Araruama, Maricá, Saquarema, and the star of them: Búzios, where famous artists chosen as special place to show up (Mick Jagger, Briggite Bardoux, ...), with an incredible landscape (in fact, waterscape), but somewhat crowded because of the stars appearance and status, know what i mean?

And you have to understand that in Rio, go to the beach may not be as simple as put a swimming suit and bathe. Is more like waking up, prepare your mind, leave the house as going to paradise. The girls can sometime be terrific with us men, and put some biquinis (you know, the female swim suit) that will knock us down. Then arrive at the beach, make the social contacts, look who's on, look the sea conditions, gaze the horizon, bathe, surf with or without boards, and go on and on till the sun goes down.

Well, that's not true always, but i know some people that lives this life everyday, no matter what. Sometimes the social contacts can be annoying, superficial, you know? Like groups of The great guys, The beautifull girls, no brains, perfect bodies, this kind of stuff. But this can't take the good part of the thing.


by RafaelTheSecond

Romenia, we had great fun in our day in the Lagoon of Itaipu here in Niteroi, we also took our aussies and french canadian friends with us, and we had a wonderful meal!;)

Eating in a fishermen place!

April 2005


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