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    São Conrado

    by MM212 Updated Jan 22, 2009

    Officially outside the city limits, São Conrado is only separated from Rio de Janeiro's Leblon district by the twin peaks of Morro Dois Irmãos. The quiet residential neighbourhood is graced with a beautiful and isolated beach where hang gliders land from a nearby towering peak. The beach is said to get crowded on weekends, but during the week when I visited, it was very empty as seen in the photos, the reason for which I enjoyed this beach tremendously more than Ipanema or Copacabana. The breathtaking views of the mountains all around add to its charm. When I was here, I intended to try hang gliding, but due to high winds, it was not possible.

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    Savor a Caipirinha

    by anacapa Written Dec 23, 2008

    Caipirinhas pair perfectly with the Brazilian climate. A gratifying mix of lime juice, raw sugar and cachaça.

    This photo is taken at the main square in Santa Teresa. I forget the name of the restaurant, but it's a very nice place! The people at the information/cultural center a few doors over on the square pointed it out to me. It's easy to find once you're there. This area reminds me of Silver Lake in Los Angeles. That said, I found São Paulo's art scene more sophisticated. But I'm just a tourist. I'll stick to what I've got first hand and intimate experience with, the Caipirinhas!

    Also delicious is the Batida de Coco. This is not a sweet coconut drink like the pina colada. It's a rich and creamy coconut drink that could make you lose a few years in a tipsy slumber. It almost tastes healthy!

    Caipirinha in Santa Teresa
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    Get your nails done!

    by anacapa Written Nov 29, 2008

    Busy shopping on R. Visconde de Piraja in Ipanema? Give yourself a break and pretty up your toes and fingers with a pedi mani! I was pleasantly surprised at the price, it was cheaper than home in LA. (R$11 each in 2008) A pedicure and manicure in Los Angeles isn't terribly expensive and much cheaper than New York.
    Granted, there was no spa chair and this place IS a Hair Salon, but they were very very friendly, cleaned things up, made me look good AND offered a coffee! I never use polish (is toxic and not enviro friendly and flakes off when I surf) and buff my nails instead. This place didn't have anything to buff with. But after my stop maybe they do now!

    M Cir - Very Nice people here!
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    The People of Brasil

    by kaloz Written Nov 11, 2008

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    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.

    Brasilian Children Adventurers Recaning furniture
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  • Great tips (beach, restaurant, you name it)

    by Kicastilho Written Jun 25, 2008

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    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
    Restaurants:
    - 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).
    Night Clubs:
    - Zero Zero (00) - Gavea Neighborhood
    - Nute - Barra Neighborhood
    - Circo Voador
    Avoid :
    - 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!

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    The Vendors

    by HispanicYob Written Feb 10, 2008

    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.

    Vendor along Ipanema Beach
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    THE THINGS YOU MUST DO IN RIO

    by marcbrazil Written Oct 22, 2007

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    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!

    DEZEMBRO 2006

    My first time in Rio

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    Penha Church

    by luwan Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    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!

    My wife showing the church on the top The steps and the view of the German Complex 386 steps to reach the Church on the top The great view from the top very known pretty stairs of the world
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    São Cristovão Market

    by luwan Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    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!

    The entrance! Family! ;) with the Luiz Gonzaga Statue
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    Meeting place if you get seperated. (day time)

    by f500vips Updated Jun 28, 2007

    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!

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    Niteroi

    by K-nalla Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    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.

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    RIO AT DAWN

    by schurlif Updated May 22, 2007

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    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.

    Copacabana getting ready for the night... Botafogo and Corcovado Copacabana and Botafogo ready for night action Ave. Atlantica / Copacabana 1 Ave. Atlantica / Copacabana 2
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    Fire Station

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 3, 2007

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    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.

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    Our Lady of the Rosary & St Benedict of Blackmen

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 3, 2007

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    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.

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    Santo Antonio Church and Monastery

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 3, 2007

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    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.

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