Fun things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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    BABILONIA HILL TREKKING

    by GIPA Written Apr 14, 2014

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    You can manage this soft trekking through a lovely hill that was recently locked for all of us because of security reasons , but now is opened as a brightful revelation !
    From there you can face 4 districts : Urca , Botafogo , Copacabana and Leme from many view points.
    In ancient times the hill functioned as an strategical point of observation to the fortresses of Copacabana and you will be able to understand why.

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    TREKKING - DOIS IRMÃOS

    by GIPA Written Apr 14, 2014

    Climbing to the top of the "hill two brothers" (Morro Dois Irmãos) was a child's dream, and it was possible on 3/30/2014 thanks to the appeasement project that seems to be fading away , so dont take so long to go there.
    Starting from the entrance to the favela Vidigal, take a van to the Olympic Village, where the trail actually begins,through the rain forest. Do not go without a guide, at least at first.
    The climb is not recommended for sedentary people and get stronger in the second half, when it comes down to a kind of ravine then climb back to the summit. It took about an hour, and there were many groups on track. The heat was intense there at the top. The views are absolutely stunning and breathtaking and worths every drop of sweat. You can shimmer even the neighboring city Niteroi and its beaches and so does Guanabara Bay , Atlantic Ocean , south zone , the lagoon , São Conrado district....
    Thanks God places like that are now opened , not only for us natives , but for the whole world.

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    Parque Lage

    by sof76 Written Apr 8, 2014

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    Parque Lage e um lugar increivel. E a oitava vez que a gente vai para Rio e é a primeira vez que fuimos la.
    Vale muito a pena dar uma volta por la.

    Parque Lage es un lugar increible. Es la octava vez que vamos a Rio y es la primera vez que fuimos ahi.
    Realmente vale la pena der una vuelta por ahi.

    Parque Lage is an amazing place. it is the eight time that we go to Rio, and it is our fist time there,
    It is worth the visit.

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    Igreja - Our Lady of Penha

    by DSwede Written Jan 26, 2012

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    The church is built on top of a large monolith rock, with a 360-degree view of Rio's various areas. The back side of the rocky mountain is steep, but provides the walking access up to a series of stairs. The other 3 sides of the rock are vertical cliffs.

    You can see the silhouette of the church from miles away, from well past the airport.

    The church has an old history, which was built in 1635. For a good historical background on the church and the area, read the web link given below. Entry to the church is free of charge.

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    Feira sao cristovao

    by racheljapi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Held by the North Easterners of the Rio area, Feira Sao Cristovao is not to miss! It's help every weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night). Come with an empty belly and feet ready to dance. There are two stages at either end playing NE music and restaurants and stores filling the middle. I have been living in Rio for years and have never eaten so well (don't tell my husband's grandmother)

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    Modern Sound

    by MulattaCarioca Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This music emporium rivals even the Virgin Megastore in New York and any of the music stores on the west coast. Equipped with assistants at every corner of the store, just in case you cant find a rare copy of that Elis Regina album you’re looking for, it provides a painstakingly organized catalogue of Brasilian classics and imports from around the world. There is a room downstairs for audio equipment, home theater and a room with dvd classics and books as well.

    The real highlight is the café-bistro which serves full meals, champagne, cocktails and absolutely straightforward jazz. Some of the sounds that came out of there during the middle of the day were better than the ones we came back for later that Saturday night. The sounds of the upright bass are warm, the microphones are never hot, and the vocalists know their stuff.

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  • Museu Militar

    by agmoose02 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is an interesting museum that is off the beaten path of Rio de Janeiro and seldom visited by foreigners. This is a museum of military history with a wide array of displayed armaments from throughout Brazilian history starting with the "Age of Discovery" and going through World War II and the present day. This museum is still considered a military installation and you will have to go through a seargant to pay your R$1.00 entry fee and to make sure you aren't bringing in anything you shouldn't. If you are polite and speak a little Portuguese it is often possible to find a soldier willing to show you around and explain much of the history. A wonderful experience and quite interesting for lovers of museums and history. I highly recommend a taxi to and from this location.

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    The Heart Shaped Lake

    by Groentje Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is not only a beatiful lake when seen from above, it's also very nice to stroll next to it. A lot of Rio families go there to relax, have a drink and enjoy the lake activities. Get a taste on the best mountain views and also on the Cristo Redentor.
    What activities, you say? Well, how about:
    - swan pedalo's
    - helicopters
    - a fare
    - skeelers/skaters
    - ...

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    new year's eve ... where to go?

    by rkearns Updated Dec 9, 2010

    you've come to the right place!!!

    i have this goal of visiting a new city each year for new year's eve.

    madrid is very lively. they all gather in the city center (sol, and other regions) and eat 12 grapes at the sound of the bell for good luck.

    munich is totally insane. they all gather at marienplatz, the main center, and shoot off fireworks into the crowds! then people will throw pottery off their balconies (well, they did while i was there. i don't know if it's a tradition). everyone gets s*** faced and loves each other. beware, it's really freaking cold.

    but the best is rio de janeiro. i have been twice. loads and loads of people end up on copacabana beach. YOU MUST WEAR ALL WHITE. it's the brazilian tradition. people are shoulder to shoulder listening to music from three huge stages... percussion, dance, drinks, and then,
    FIREWORKS! they put on one of the best firework shows ever. well, the states go all out too, so i would equate the two.

    but my final vote is rio #1 with a bullet!

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    The Carioca Aqueduct

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the center of town and is an 18th century Aqueduct that was originally build to give Rio a better water supply at a time when the town had big problems with bad drinking water.
    The Aqueduct is not needed for that anymore and these days it´s used as a bridge for the famous Rio tram.

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  • SPEND A DAY WITH A LOCAL

    by AliceMoura Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    THERE IS A SERVICE IN RIO CALLED RENT A LOCAL FRIEND.
    BASICALLY ITS LOCAL PEOPLE FROM RIO DE NAJEIRO WHO SHOW VISITORS AROUND THE CITY'S COOL LOCAL SPOTS.
    ITS A MORE AUTENTIC EXPERIENCE OF THE CITY AND THE IDEA IS TO MAKE TOURISTS FEEL LOCALS.
    LOTS OF FUN, VERY RELAXED PEACE AND REASONABLE PRICES.
    www.rentalocalfriend.com

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  • Shirorhara Massage at Spa Maria Bonita

    by maryannclark80 Written Mar 6, 2009

    During my stay in Rio it came to a point that I needed relaxation. The congress I had been invited to was very much a stressful experience. I decided to try this weird massage at this spa next to the flat I was staying at. Shirodhara massage, a bliss! Entering Maria Bonita Urban Spa was like stepping into a truly soothing ambiance. I had to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside. The massage was unconventional, but nonetheless relaxing and great! My body was cocooned in hot towels and hot oil dripped non stop through my forehead and scal´p. Felt soothing. I never thought I would feel relaxed and cleansed, but I did! Try it.

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    Castelo Fiocruz - Pavilhão Mourisco

    by MM212 Updated Jan 30, 2009

    Rio de Janeiro's only neo-Moorish style building, the Pavilhão Mourisco (Moorish Pavilion), is a stunning castle-like structure. It is the headquarters of Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz in short, a scientific institution for advanced biomedical research. The foundation was once known as Instituto Manguinhos, but after Oswaldo Cruz became its head in 1902, its name changed accordingly. Soon after afterwards, he commissioned the Portuguese architect Luiz de Moraes Júnior to build the magnificent Pavilhão Mourisco as its headquarters on a hill in the Manguinhos neighbourhood in Zona Norte of Rio de Janeiro. The castle is clearly visible from the inland motorway that connects the international airport with Zona Sul, the southern half of Rio. During my short visit in Dec 2008, I was, unfortunately, unable to make it to the castle, so the attached photo had to suffice. Next time perhaps! Check out the foundation's website below for better photos of the castle.

    http://www.fiocruz.br/cgi/cgilua.exe/sys/start.htm?infoid=1081&sid=194

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    Igreja de São Pedro

    by MM212 Updated Jan 26, 2009

    The early 20th century Church of São Pedro is located in the inland neighbourhood of Rio Comprido. The green mountain Morro do Mirante behind serves as a scenic backdrop to the white and beige façade and the silver dome of the church. The beautiful church is located along the road linking downtown Rio with the southern neighbourhoods of Zona Sul, just outside the tunnel of Rebouças.

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    Igreja Santa Margarida Maria

    by MM212 Updated Jan 26, 2009

    Located in Humaitá, a neighbourhood in Lagoa, the church of Santa Margarida Maria is a beautiful example of colonial Baroque architecture. The blue and white church overlooks the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lagoon) and the tunnel of Rebouças which links Lagoa with the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The church is the first thing one sees after driving through the tunnel from Rio to Lagoa.

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