Wander the streets of Rio de Janeiro and you will meet the people of Brasil. Many are friendly. Some may consider this a warning or danger because many of the people are poor and there are areas where they say it is not safe, but if you have a musical instrument or can sing, even the toughest people will warm up, and join you in song.
I'm living in Sao Paulo but I love Rio de Janeiro. I spent some vacations there and I will share with you some places that I recommend.
Kinds of beaches:
-Tourist beach - Copacabana
-Fancy and trend beach - Leblon (Posto 9/Gate 9)
-See and to be seen beach - Ipanema
-Small, quiet, beautiful beach - Prainha
- Sushi Leblon - Japanese Food
- Zaza Bistrot - In this restaurant I recommend a special meal (cuzcuz marroquino with chicken it is delicious and one plate is very well served).
- Gula Gula - Chain restaurant (you will find every type os food).
- Zero Zero (00) - Gavea Neighborhood
- Nute - Barra Neighborhood
- Circo Voador
- Walking in the street after 8 o'clock (p.m), be wary of taking or crossing the "linha vermelha" (red line) and "linha amarela" (yellow line)road. It's kind of near poor places and a little bit dangerous because the drugdealers usually "work" there.
I urge not to walk on the street with a lot of jewels and fancy watches.
Leave your passport in your hotel. Whatever you do, don't take the passport with you.
If you are keen on football games, you can't miss a Flamengo or Fluminense game.
But refrain from taking your cameras, watches and cell phone with you, you might be mugged.
Go to Corcovado (Christ) or Pao de Açucar ( Sugar Loaf) it doesn't get any better than Corcovado view.
Or take the "bondinho" it is certainly worth to visit.
Other things to do:
Watch the sunset at Arpoador
Walk around Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon
And if you want more information about Rio, visit - http://www.riodejaneiro.com.br
You'll find every kind of information that you looking for
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
One of the things I like about Rio is that the vendors here don't seem to give you too much of a hard time. When I was in the Caribbean they'd pester the daylights out of you. Not so much here in Rio. If you show no interest, half the time they move on. If you are approached by one and still aren't interested, a simple "Nao" will do good and they'll go to the next customer. However, try not to be rude to them unless they're overbearing or rude to you first. Most of the time they won't be. They sell quite a lot of goods on the beach. Each vendor sells something different, from sunglasses to drinks.
Now I live here but since I am studying tourism I know I will be there many times...but it must see place in Rio...The old custon, like once in Paris you have to go to the Eiffel Tower...so in Rio there is no point, you have to go to the Sugar Loaf and see the city from the top and you will be surprised about how MAGNIFICENT Rio is. It is indeed a very charming city, I can tell it easily because I was not born here, and I do love my land, but Rio has a power on us!
This picture registered my first time in Rio when I came to visit Rafael's home...wow I was so happy in that time, well I am still happy..but seeing this place for the first time is something else.
This is the PRAIA VERMELHA which in english means RED BEACH, the portuguese named this area due to the golden sand, and this place is importat because in this beach was the first place an european set foot in Rio in 1501.
And this is the only place where you see the Sugar Loaf exactly like the portuguese saw it for the firt time!
Penha Church is located on the top of Penha's hill.
You need to go up 386 steps to reach it!!!
There you have great views of the city, like RIO-NITEROI bridge, Santos Dumont Airport, Tom Jobim International Airport, Guanabara's Bay and German Complex (complexo do alemao), for example!
Do this! Mainly if you have special religious! Many people go up the stairs by KNEES (!!!) thanking God for some good given gift !!!
Ah, the steps were built on the own rock of the hill
See the other photos! Enjoy!
Sao Cristovao Market or just "Feira Nordestina" (northeastern Fair)!!!
If you dont have enough time to go to Northeast, go to this Market! You can find products, music like "forró", good tipical food restaurants, and so on. It is worth!
See the other pictures!
If you are in the downtown (City Centro) Rio, I choose the McDonalds that has a second floor on "Rua Uruguaiana" in the center of the downtown area around the corner from "Largo da Carioca" a big area like a square with lots of vendors. Everybody knows this place! Stay out of downtown area during the weekends! If you are at the beach go to one of the LifeGuard Post that all have a number on the side of them. Decide which one to meet by. And don't stand around their looking Goofy! Act as if you are from there. No What I Mean!
Dicen q lo mejor q tiene Niteroi es la vista de Rio, bueno, tampoco es asi, pero la vista es definitivamente increible.
Niteroi is the city right accross from Rio, the ferry there costs 2.1 R. and is about a 45 min ride. They run all day no need for reservations. Very pretty as it gets you close to the Fiscal Island. Once in Niteroi the beaches are pretty and the water just as clean (or dirty) as Rio. The MAC (museo de Arte Contemporanio) is incredible. Wednesdays are free. Definitely a think to do.
Not much to explain or describe here , except you shouldn't miss having a look at Rio shortly before untill after sunset..... It's beautifull and shows the city with a special charm to it , neither day nor nighttime.....
Pic # 1 shows Copacabana zoomed in as a Twilight Zone from the Pão de Açucar ( = Sugarloaf ).In the background ( behind the hill) stretching from left to right on the pic , Ipanema....
Pic # 2 is also taken from the top of the Pão de Açucar , showing the Corcovado and the bairro of Botafogo ( = put on fire , to light a fire...)
Pic # 3 shows a more westerly view......lights are coming up everywhere ... this one is also taken from the Pão de Açucar... In the foreground the two moving cabins , taking the tourists up or down between the high and the lower hill of the Sugarloaf. Middle left you can see the bairro of Copacabana and middle center to the right the bairro Botafogo. You can also detect the lit up statue of Jesus on top of the Corcovado.
Pic # 4 Avenida Atlantica on famous Copacabana Beach , looking more or less south....
Pic # 5 Avenida Atlantica on famous Copacabana Beach , looking more or less north....
This is one of the major centers of tourist action in the city.
This is the city's main fire station, hence its red colour. Its certainly one of the most impressive that I've ever seen. I think it was built in 1855 as there's a plaque on the wall commemerating its centenary in 1955. It is located on the southern side of Campo de Santana.
This church was started in 1700 and completed in 1725. In 1737, without the knowledge of the Brotherhood, the See of the City was transferred to the Church of the Rosary which conferred to it the status of a cathedral but directly meddled in its activities. Bickering ensued until the Prince Regent, in 1808, transferred the See to the ancient church. The facade of the church was redesigned around the 19th century although the portico was kept. The interior is very plan due to a fire in 1967.
This church and monastery are located on top of a small hill surrounded by Rio's modern skyscrappers and kind of feel out of place. The complex, whose origin dates back from a hermitage used by Franciscans since 1592, was built between 1608 and 1620. The interior of the church is in Baroque style with the ceiling portraying Saint Anthony's miracles. The beautiful bluetiles also date from the 17th century whilst the furniture is made from Brazilian jacaranda hardwood. The mortal remains of the Emperor Dom Pedro I and D. Leopoldina's son are in the mausoleum as well as those of Dom Pedro II and D. Teresa Cristina's sons.
The old building of the Grand Hotel was built in 1896 by Commander Guilherme Porto to install a hotel that could compete with the traditional Hotel dos Estrangeiros in the Catete District. It was originally named the Hotel Freitas, after its first landlord, before becoming the Grande Hotel dos Estados in 1898. It later had the Cinema Cine Colonial, which was adapted to install the Sala Cecilia Meireles, a room dedicated to erudite music in which concerts were performed. It was inaugurated on the 1st December 1965.
Passeio Público is located just south-west of Cinelandia between the Parque do Flamengo and the Arcos de Lapa. Built in 1779 by Mestre Valentim, it is the oldest public park in Brazil and one of the oldest in the Americas. The park was built on land reclaimed from a lagoon located beside the Guanabara Bay. This lagoon — known as Lagoa do Boqueirão — was polluted and bred diseases, and its elimination was considered a major improvement in the urban conditions of Rio. During the 20th century, various commemorative busts dedicated to Brazilian personalities were placed in the Passeio Público, including one bust of Master Valentim, inaugurated in 1912. A series of land reclaimings nearby led the park to get far from the sea and lose its view of Guanabara Bay — greatly altering the original intention of the park.
This thin garden runs down the side of the canal that links the Rodrigo de Freita Lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean. It also divids the districts of Ipanema with it's even more richer neighbour, Leblon. The garden was designed by the architect and city planner Jose Da Silva Azevedo Neto (1908-62).
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