In 1996 Michael Jackson shot a video called "they don't care about us" in Brazil.
Part of the video was shot in a favela (a brazilian slum) called Santa Marta which is in rio de Janeiro.
The video put focus on the poor people in the favelas and Michael Jackson became a hero in Santa marta after his visit there.
when he died they quickly erected a little bronze statue of him on the little spot he stood and sang during most of the video and there is a osaic on the wall there too.
Visiting Santa Marta should be done with one of the companies running favela tours as it can otherwise be dangorous to visit favelas as they often have criminal gangs running the favela, but if you go with an organised tour then you are with locals who know them and you are safe.
The statue of Michael Jackson actually has one of the best views of rio de Janeiro as the favelas are mostly set on steep slopes and Santa Marta has a fantastic view of the city and i think this is the perfect spot to pay tribute to the guy.
On top of the hill two brothers, or locally known as "dois irmãos" is an amazing view, that not too many people take the time to discover. You can see the community of Rocinha, Vidigal, São Conrado Beach, Pedra da Gávea in the one direction, and Leblon/Ipanema Beach, Lagoa, Copacabana, Sugar Loaf, Christ Statue and on and on from the other direction.
The entrance of this trail is located on the top of the favela of Vidigal... CARIOCAFREECULTURE.COM offers regular hikes to the top, meeting at the entrance of Vidigal at 11am on sunny days only. Otherwise, no view! Ride up by moto-taxi to the trail entrance, then follow your guide to the top!
Contact them to set up a date, make the trek and if you still have fuel, visit their home in Vidigal for some ice cold drinks and a tour of the community!
Ok, so the chiquita banana lady is said to not be modeled after Carmen Miranda but that's a load of $^%@. Have you seen the photos?! Anyway, the Carmen Miranda museum is great. It's tiny, much tinier then she deserves, but it's a sight to see. The outside looks like a park bathroom but check it out anyway. There is great stuff inside, including the mirror she was holding when she died, and some tacky cool shirts in the giftshop/office. It's one of those hidden treasure cult museums. After my visit I wanted to start a petition to get her a bigger and better museum, at the very least some fruit on top of the one she has already :) Then again, I was 9 months pregnant and very hormonal...
The museum of Naive Art, located at the point of departure of the Corvocado train, offers a bit unusual glimpse of Rio. Thinking of naive art one usually imagines primitive folks doing some crude sketches between long and tiring days of manual labour somewhere in the distant past. Even the concept of modern copying of this way of expression for its "directness" might not lead you to believe what is available in the museum.
A look at Rio from an unexpected angle, the helicopter angle, is on offer. Its stunning "picturesqueness" and vivid colours cry out: '"What a thrill a heliride over Rio is!"
Parque Lage lies about 1km past the Botanical Gardens towards the base of Corcovado where you can see great views of Christ the Redeemer. The 52 hectare park was designed by an Englishman called John Tyndale in 1849 making it an English-style garden with small lakes and a mansion that now house the Instituto Nacional de Belas Artes. The mansion has a centre courtyard swimming pool and patio area.
Open daily from 8am-5pm.
A feira dos nordestinos, traz para o Rio um pouco da cultura de todo nordeste especialmente, da Paraiba, lá se encontram, vestimentas, musica e comidas tipicas do nordeste, como o o baião de dois e a carne de sol.
The northeastern, cultural fair, brings to rio, a little bit of northeastern brazilian, culture, clothes, music and food. There you´ll find some very different kind of music, as Forro, and very different kinds of food, such as Carne de Sol, Baião de dois e Aipim
I still have dreams about this magical place I visited as a kid. The Parque da Cidade (the City Park) is a lush tropical delight, particularly if you're from the desert. We used to have class picnics here. Most people coming to Rio are NOT coming for the parks, but this one remains firmly entrenched in my memory as a green emerald magical playground. I pictured the Emerald City as something like this park.
The Parque da Cidade was once located away from everything in the Gavea jungle, but the Rocinha favela has been steadily marching towards it. It may be too close for comfort now. Just like the Jardim Botanico, I would not wander off the beaten path. Stay accompanied at all times. Be safe. Check out their web site below.
Many people who come to Rio want to hike in our mountains, but it's not safe to do so; the best is to join a weekend hiking group (They are climbing groups too). To know where and when, you have to go to their week meeting or see their websites:
Centro Excursionista Brasileiro- CEB
week meeting on Thursdays after 7 pm
Avenida Almirante Barroso 2 - 8º floor - Centro
Centro Excursionista Guanabara - CEG
week meeting on Thursdays after 7 pm
Rua Washington Luiz 9, last floor - Centro
Centro Excursionista Rio de Janeiro - Cerj
week meeting on Thursdays after 8 pm
Avenida Rio Branco 277 / 805 - Centro
Clube Excursionista Carioca - CEC
week meeting on Thursdays after 8:30 pm
Rua Hilário de Gouveia, 71 / 206 - Copacabana
Clube Excursionista Light - CEL
week meeting on Thursdays after 7:30 pm
Avenida Marechal Floriano 199/501 - Centro
União de Caminhantes e Escaladores do Rio de Janeiro - Unicerj
week meeting on Thursdays after 8:30 pm
Largo do Machado 29/609 - Flamengo
Leme is the other name given to Copacabana Beach, it is the natural continuation of this famous beach. Actually I consider Leme, the very beggining of Copacabana.
And right there you can see a hill with a flag on the top. It is still an active military fort but just like others in the country, it is open to the public.
It is a great chance for you to see a beautiful part of our preserved Atlantic Forest and see one part of Rio that very feel people go!!!
INCREDIBLE VIEWS you will find!!!! Specially one untouched side of the Sugar Loaf Mountain!
THE FORT IS OPEN EVERY WEEKEND.
You just have to pay 4 reais to enter, it is about 3 dollars! :)
Surely it deserves a visit!!!!
itacuruca an island colony about 90 minutes (50 miles) from rio de janeiro. you can purchase an all day boat excursion from rio. there are offices that have signage displaying their fares on most of copacabana's beach-side streets. you can organize tours online and most hotels offer the "passeio" at a decent rate, about $60-80 per person.
The beach of Barra da Tijuca, known to locals simply as "BARRA" and pronounced like "Baja" or "ba-ha"extends for 18km/11mi with almost completely untouched stretches favored by surfers. This popular area and beach deserves a visit. Probably the best reason to come here, however, is the beach itself, the water is clean, perfect for "Surfing", Kiitesurf, Windsurfing and Body-Boarding, and it doesn't get quite as crowded as Copacabana or Ipanema. Avoid the weekends and enjoy this between mountains-beauty of the nature on the week-days, Surfers love it. The visitor can come here to enjoy discotheques, shopping, good restaurants and bars.
Just back from a 10 day stay in Copacabana. We were looking forward to this trip for a long time and did almost everything we wanted to do except hang-gliding. Lost my nerve the day I were supposed to go.
We worked with an agent to rent an apartment in Rio and I think it helped with the whole experience. We were not stuck in a Hotel with other tourists. I wanted to interact with locals as much as possible. We actually were invited to lunch in one of the neighbors apartments one day. The husband worked for a bank in Centro and his wife worked as a emergency room nurse. They were very helpful with information on the city as both spoke some English.
The apartment rental agency was also very helpful. The owner Ken is an American that moved to Rio a long time ago and has been working with tourists ever since then.
They have a website www-ez-riorentals.com
....as lots of members here have said about favelas. They're places where you shouldn't go all alone, especially if you're a tourist. And that's true. If you do have a privelege to visit a favela, please remember that the people who live are human beings. They're not to be gawked at like wild animals in a zoo. This is how they live, and it's all they know. Don't be the stereotypical "Ugly American" and treat them like they're not of your class or upbringing. Treat them like how you would a good family member or good friend. This pertains especially if you go on a guided tour. Don't do anything to offend. Although, I may sound hypocritical, because to see this place I couldn't help but take a couple of pictures. But be discreet please. :)
I had the privelege of going to Rocinha, the biggest favela in Latin America. I went with one of the employees of the hostel where I stayed, where her boyfriend lived. Together with another hostel goer we went to Rocinha. Rochina is like a city within a city. The infrastructure of such a place is a wonder. Building build on top of one another almost in a mosaic-like fashion. The best thing about this was, not only being able to go, was also for the fact that I saw it through the eyes of a local in a sense. I didn't go on no guided tour of any sort. I didn't feel like I exploited the locals in a way although I couldn't resist taking pictures of this wonderfully interesting place. If you know a local who lives there or who knows someone there, ask them to take you around. It'll open up your eyes!
You know, I wasn't too big on it, despite being an artist myself, until I came to Rio. I was inspired from one of my friends I was traveling with in Rio to make an album of graffiti works from around the world. And what better way to start then in Rio? You know, Rio has quite a lot of talent when it comes to painting on walls. You gotta wonder how they spent so much time crafting these awesome pieces of work?! Some are pretty damn incredible. And unlike in America, no one tags over them with their own gang signs (well at least not a whole lot anyways) or messes them up to where it looks crappy. When you're exploring Rio take some time to take some photos of these amazing works! Some pieces have themes ranging from politics to love, others are just there just to be there.
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