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    Urban Jungle by foot

    by drumachn Written Dec 11, 2013
    Praia de Apoador
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    Favorite thing: The sounds of the street, cold air in August, and the grand views of nature's own sculpted art.

    Fondest memory: I really enjoyed the subtle change in charm that is easily palpable the second you travel from neighborhood to neighborhood.

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    • Surfing

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    When to come

    by deeper_blue Written Apr 21, 2013

    Favorite thing: Rio has a tropical climate and is suitable to visit all year round. The temperature rarely goes below 20oC or above 30oC, with most of the rain falling in the summer months Dec-Mar. The busiest time is during the Rio carnival in either February or March.

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    Yellow fever jab

    by deeper_blue Written Apr 17, 2013

    Favorite thing: If you are making a trip into the Amazon or anywhere that has a problem with yellow fever, get the free jab in one of Rio's clinics. You'll get a certificate to prove you've been treated and you can safely enjoy South America's wilderness. It involves a 2 hour wait, but you don't need an appointment and the fees at home can be quite high. Read more here http://gobrazil.about.com/od/healthsafety/qt/yelfevvacclinrj.htm

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    Portuguese language

    by dvideira Updated Mar 11, 2012

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    Favorite thing: If you are insterested in learning a little bit of Portuguese before your trip to Brazil or even looking for a course in here, this link may be useful:

    easyportuguese

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    Foreigners registering with Federal Police

    by DSwede Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Depending on your length of stay and type of Visa, you may or may not be required to register with the Federal Police. If you do, your grace period is typically 30 days from arrival.

    I wish I had known in advance, but the federal office to do this registration is at the international airport (3rd floor, red sector, terminal 1). It would have been much easier to simply have this scheduled upon arrival instead of making the 3hr round trip after the fact. Lesson learned the hard way, so make note for future travelers coming through Rio.

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    When you come by CRUISE to Rio de Janeiro

    by globetrott Updated Sep 2, 2011
    gosh, thats me in 1979 ;-)))
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    Favorite thing: I have been many times in Rio de Janeiro, while I was working onboard of cruiseships, lots of years ago and I also came back in 2008 as a passanger onboard the M/S Celebrity Infinity.
    In principle you can do a lot of sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro on your own, the Sugar Loaf and the giant statue of Christ as well as the Copacabana or the beach of Ipanema etc. it all can be done more or less easily on your own, BUT you have to be extra carefull not to get accidentally into a wrong place or a dangerous neighbourhood and you have to watch your belongings as well all the time. So when you manage to walk without problems in the nasty quaters of N.Y., London or Rome, you will not have any problem here as well !
    Another problem: 99% of the people here will speak only portugese, except in international hotels and restaurants !
    Even Taxidrivers - except those that are hanging around the international hotels - will necessarily understand any other languages than portugese !
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    All these pictures here were made 30 years ago, I scanned them from slides, because my last time in Rio it was heavily raining all day long...

    I really cannot say that I always felt perfectely safe in Rio !!! It might be OK, as long as you stay in the tourist-areas, but just a few steps aside and you might be in trouble of all sorts !

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    Bonde de Santa Teresa

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Santa Teresa bonde (streetcar) is the last reminder of what was once Rio's principle form of public transport. But far from being just a historical artifact, the rattling yellow tram is great fun to ride, as it clatters over the iconic Arcos da Lapa and up the winding cobbled streets of Santa Teresa. Locals jump on and off the bonde as it rattles by – there is no charge for those who choose to stand on the running board instead of taking a seat. There are two lines – one to Paulo Mattos, and one to Dois Irmaoes. Both pass tram stops at Largo do Curvelo, where there is regular live samba on Sundays, and Largo do Guimaraes, which is the central point for the neighborhood's many excellent bars, restaurants and shops. Jump off at either point and you will be well-placed for exploring this bucolic neighborhood.

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    Avenida Rio Branco

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Avenida Rio Branco

    Favorite thing: This hectic thoroughfare in Centro may bear little resemblance today to the elegant Parisian boulevards it was modelled on, but take time to glance upwards as you dodge the crowds and you'll spot some seriously impressive architecture. The rushing traffic and crush of bodies makes it a little difficult to navigate at times, but try to take a slow stroll down here to appreciate what was once Rio's most celebrated street.

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    Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Inside the Church

    Favorite thing: The church was first owned by the Carmelites, who came to Rio in the end of 16th. century. They build a monastry beside. In 1808 D. João came to Brazil declaring that church as the catedral of Rio de Janeiro, because it was beside his residence the "Paço Imperial". The carmelites had to leave the monastry, who got the residence of Mary the first, the mother of D. João. After she died he was crowned as king of Portugal, Algarve and Brazil in that chruch. After the independence was declared in 7 of september 1822 by Pedro I, his son was crowned as Empire of Brazil and than in 1841 Pedro the first as he was only 14 years old. Resume: It is the only church in whole americas where 3 people where crowned: D. João as king of Portugal, Algarve and Brazil, Pedro I as the first "Imperador" of Brazil and PedroII

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    RIO CENTRO/OLD RIO

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Old Rio

    Favorite thing: Rio Centro is where the city started and there are all sorts of different archtecture styles, from Barroque to Art Neaveau, Classic, Ecletic and so on...the buildings are all mixed there with its modernity too. There are churches from old times, a good bargain area for shopping, some good cafeterias, excellent shops, lots of business, the Port of Rio, musuems ,the Carnival parade avenue, the Opera house , the tram up to Santa Teresa, Lapa area where it is pumpimg up now im the evenings

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    Cinelandia

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Cinelandia

    Favorite thing: Cinelandia is for sure the best corner in the city centre of Rio. There are incredible art nouveau buildings dated in 1905, and lots of space for you to walk and see the city's daily life, this picture I took from the Music City Hall and you can see the House of Representatives, Pedro Ernesto palace and the famous buildings where you can see the very famous HAPPY HOUR BAR

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    Teatro Municipal

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Teatro Municipal

    Favorite thing: One of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro, the Teatro Municipal was founded in July 1909. The building was inspired by the Paris Opera House designed by Charles Garnier. The theatre has almost 1,700 seats distributed on four levels, and the outside walls are inscribed with names of significant people in the Brazilian and international culture. The theatre is located near the National Library and the National Fine Arts Museum, and overlooks the spacious Cinelândia Square.

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    Parque do Flamengo

    by draguza Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Flamengo Park

    Favorite thing: A vast landscaped park within the heart of central Rio, Parque do Flamengo was designed by none other than Roberto Burle Marxe – Brazil's most celebrated landscaped architect. Stretching along the waterfront from Flamengo to Gloria, the park encompasses green open, giant palms: green open spaces; sports courts; and running, cycling and walking tracks. Interestingly, the area was once submerged below the water of Guanabara Bay before town planners levelled two hills in the city centre – the resulting rubble was shifted into the water and created the space where Parque do Flamengo stands today

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    Transport, and cultural visits

    by robine Written May 18, 2011
    Copacabana from Posto 6

    Favorite thing: I've been hailing cabs on the street off and on for over 40 years, and have never had a problem (except that many drivers talk too much!) But public transport is good, and inexpensive. Buses are plentiful, and most are air-conditioned. The metro (subway) is modern and comfortable. Both are (as everywhere) best avoided in rush hours.

    To the list of cultural sites contributed earlier in the forum I'd add one of the two principal colonial-era monasteries (Santo Antonio and Sao Bento); the recently-restored Church of NS do Carmo da Antiga Se; and, moving forward a few centuries, the Museum of Modern Art. The exterior of Niemeyer's Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi, across the bay, is also impressive, though the interior and contents are disappointing. Definitely take a day trip by comfortable bus to Petropolis, the old summer capital, with its Imperial Palace (closed on Mondays). And consider a trip to Paraty, a delightful colonial town some 3 hours to the west (2 nights minimum).

    Fondest memory: The view of Dois Irmaos at sunset from the Pedra de Arpoador, and that of Copacabana from Posto 6.

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    Portuguese Language Courses in Rio

    by mangueirense Written Feb 16, 2010

    Favorite thing: For those who wants to get an intensive language course
    in Rio, might want to inform about courses here:

    http://talkrio.com/
    http://www.studyabroadinternational.com/Brazil/Rio/Brazil_Rio.html
    http://www.learn4good.com/great_schools/portuguese_schools_brazil.htm

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