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    Along Ipanema

    by whvcebu Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Don't discuss with anyone while your wallet, purse or camera is on your blanket at the beach. Be alert at all times.
    Dealers try to get you into a conversation, while some others are checking what could be taken along....

    Don't take the persons into your hotel rooms unless you are sure to know them for quite some time - even if those dark eyes promise you that they like you so much!

    Be aware of drug dealers - even don't get close to the idea.
    Don't expect too much help from the police. And don't sign any documents before you have talked to your business friends or even your embassy or consulate.

    Unique Suggestions: Be alert and have always a friend guarding your belongings.
    Watch your belongings when dealers are approaching to sell drinks or souvenirs

    Fun Alternatives: If not necessary to bring more than a towel- leave all your valuables at the hotel

    Along Ipanema
    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Water Sports

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    Help

    by acemj Updated Nov 15, 2003

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    If you're a man traveling alone in Rio and you ask a taxi driver or a hotel employee where to go at night, it's likely he will suggest Help. Well, if you're looking for prostitutes, then this is the place for you, but personally that's not my scene. I never went here, but according to my guidebook, this place used to actually be one of the city's best nightclubs.
    However, nowadays it's full of foreign men looking for a good time (if not a free time).

    It's located on Copacabana on Av. Atlantica.

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    Watch out when someone calls you "Amigo!"

    by Groentje Written Nov 7, 2003

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    Although most carioca's may be very, VERY friendly, there are some naughty Carioca's who might want to trick you into something you don't want to get into.
    At Lapa, someone was calling for me, and had I stopped and listened to him, who knows what might have happened! He might have bought me a drink, that's true, but let's not be naive; it could have turned out completely different. Fortunately, I never found out.

    Unique Suggestions: When you do listen to them, take every possible caution, you never know what might happen...

    Fun Alternatives: Try talking to people yourself, and don't listen to the "Ey amigo!" callers...

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    Watch out at the business district in the weekend!

    by Groentje Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    We stumbled across the business district coming back from the Rodoviaria to get tickets to Brasilia and found ourselves in the midst of hords of homeless people laying on the ground...
    We got off the bus and saw clochards everywhere. It gave a really bad feeling, and I was getting really anxious! It only ended when we were amongst 'normal' people again near the new Cathedral... The picture below was taken at great risk; I was feeling like I was being followed all the time, and I really wanted a picture, so I took the chance.
    Of course no one was following me, but I felt very paranoid. It was just the whole atmosphere, I guess. Knowing that you have more in your pockets than they will have in four or five months...
    Funny thing is that during working days the place is packed with people and you feel very safe, it's really like a different world then!

    Unique Suggestions: You have absolutely no reason to go there, believe me! But if you do go, wear fast shoes :-)
    But no fancy sports shoes, they might nick them :-/

    Fun Alternatives: Try Cinelandia or any other part of the Zona Sul ;-)

    The safety mark!

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    Watch out at Copacabana

    by Groentje Written Nov 7, 2003

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    Fellows and miladies, WATCH OUT WHEN YOU GO TO COPACABANA!!
    Seriously, I cannot stress this enough! Copacabana can be a really dangerous (though very exotic) place! I heard several stories about girls offering themselves at night at night clubs near the Copacabana (for money, not for free of course, no such thing as a free, euhm, lunch!). Especially when you don't look Brazilian you might get in trouble.
    I felt really unsafe when I was walking around while it was raining. A couple of menacing-looking people passed by, seizing me and checking me out... They didn't do anything, as I probably looked too macho and masculin to them (roflol!)...

    Unique Suggestions: If you want to take pictures, please do so, but go back immediately after you took them, or put your camera away somewhere safe... Best is to go with as many people you know as possible.
    Best advice I got was to put your belongings in a plastic bag (like your regular Carrefour, or GB bags) and to take absolutely as little as possible!
    It's not always safe to ask your neighbours to watch your stuff, as they might also take your things and run off...

    Fun Alternatives: The alternative to this beach is Ipanema! I don't understand anyway why Copacabana is so popular... Ipanema beach is much nicer, more easy going, less crowded, more colourful...
    Niteroi and Leblon also sounded nice; although I saw some pictures from Angra das Reis (or sth) and that looked really like paradise! Sth. to check out on my next trip...

    Copacabana on a rainy day...

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    Copacabana - sleazy place...

    by canbalci Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    If I were you I'd skip Copacabana, especially at night. Of course it depends on what you are looking for. If you are one of the thrashy Northern European tourists (not saying Northern Europeans are thrashy - but the ones you see in Copacabana looking for teenage girls definitely are) you might enjoy the legendary!! Help disco. Basically it's all prostitution at night which is almost sad. If you are into that stuff Copacabana is your place.

    Unique Suggestions: In the afternoon there is this open air market you can visit to buy touristy stuff and gifts.

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    Beware of Price of Imported Booze

    by tijuca Written Jul 6, 2003

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    While not a true "tourist trap," Rio visitors should be made aware of the vast difference between alcoholic beverages made with Brazilian brands vs. the same drink made with imported alcohol.

    Many a tourist has been caught unaware when it was time to pay their tab. Many, I am sure, thought they were being ripped off because of the perceived expense. The truth is, imported booze is very expensive in Brazil (see warning about Duty Free Shop at airport). Make sure to specify "nacional" in some manner when ordering a drink at all local nightclubs.

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    • Seniors
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

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  • Copacabana robbers

    by junglerover Updated May 22, 2003

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    Be very careful around copacabana, especially at night. Never carry a lot of money. You will encounter all sorts of robbery, like someone coming up to you and suddenly drawing a knife. If you are robbed on the beach, get away as soon as possible as the next gang of minors is following up rapidly, pretending to be helpful.

    Unique Suggestions: Do not carry valuables except a small amount to appease robbers. Try to look like locals. Do not wear a wristwatch, as it really stands out .

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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  • Copacabana

    by junglerover Updated May 22, 2003

    Be very careful around copacabana, especially at night. Never carry a lot of money. You will encounter all sorts of robbery, like someone coming up to you and suddenly drawing a knife. If you are robbed on the beach, get awyay as soon as possible as the next robbers are following up rapidly, pretending to be helpful.

    Unique Suggestions: Do not carry valuables except a small amount to appease robbers. Try to look like locals. Do not wear a wristwatch, as it really stands out .

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    Copacabana

    by Juli_br Updated May 10, 2003

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    I have to say that although its popularity COPACABANA is a must but also a tourist trap!The Copacabana area is really crowed, there are buses everywhere, and the chances of getting robbed there are high. I'd recommend tourist to have carefull in Copacabana area, especially during the night.Disco HELP is the TOP 1 tourist trap. The disco is famous in town for having whores and tourists.
    If u want to meet the local people Copacabana is not the right place! But I have to say ,it have the most beautiful view !

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    Plataforma 1

    by mangueirense Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Well, first of all I have to say that I didn't know where to put the Plataforma 1-Samba Show,...if it would be better to put it together as NIGHTLIFE or as TOURIST TRAP...
    As I am more the kind of "native Rio-tourist" I have never gone there to this show, but I have experienced one time this kind of show in Germany (which was pretty fantastic), but when I think of going to a samba-show in Rio itself I would not really recommend this show, because it is more like a LAS VEGAS-show than really shows you the samba and Carnival-atmoshere like it is!

    What's offered is supposedly a song and dance showcase of Brazilian culture. True, the rhythms are fast and catchy and the women are gorgeous and extravagantly costumed, but the whole slick and packaged product has all the spontaneity and charm of a McDonald's Big Mac combo--and about as much connection to Brazilian culture.

    Unique Suggestions: If you really want to go here's the adress:

    Rua Adalberto Ferreira 32 -Leblon
    Tel: 021/2274-4022
    Fax: (021) 512-1243
    E Mail: plataforma1@plataforma1.com.br
    http://www.plataforma1.com.br

    Prices : Admission price depends on whom you book through. Minimum price R$80 (US$40)

    Bus: 415

    Fun Alternatives: You'll have a much better experience watching and participating in the Carnaval rehearsals, the Blocos, or any of the live music venues around town where real live Brazilians (as well as visitors) gather to enjoy the music played by contemporary artists.

    Please see my detailed information about the rehearsals of samba schools in the "MUST SEE" section of this page!

    Samba Show

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    Favela-Tours in Rio...

    by mangueirense Updated Mar 8, 2003

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    One of the biggest tourist traps in Rio de Janeiro, in my opinion is doing the 'Favela tour'. It's a guided tour inside a favela (shanty town).

    I believe people can be curious about how people live in a slum, but visiting it like visiting a zoo, sounds a bit strange for me !!!
    I have never done this in any place of Brazil nor will I ever do it!!!

    The poor and poorer favelas can be very dangerous. Drug dealing is common and popular amongst the poorest of the favelas. The crime rate is very high in these places. The poor sell drugs to the poorer and it is an endless chain. I reccomend only seeing them from far.

    Unique Suggestions: If you still are interested in such kind of "Favela Tour" please never go yourself there or trust anybody you knew a few hours before who wants to show you around....
    it is like a self-suicide!!!
    If you are really interested to see how the poor are living there, then please contact a Tour Operator and go there within a group!

    I will not post any of the Favela Tour -Operators here 'cause I am against this kind of tourism, but if you really want to visit a shanty town you can be sure that you find something, at least you can ask at your hotel reception for it.

    For those of you who understand to read in portuguese you can have a look at the Favela's Webpage:
    http://www.vivafavela.com.br

    For the people who are interested in the biggest Favela in Southamerica called "Rocinha" in Rio:
    http://www.rocinha.com.br

    Favela in Rio...

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    Discoteca HELP-Copacabana

    by mangueirense Updated Mar 6, 2003

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    To all of you who maybe are thinking to go to the very famous and - I guess- biggest discothec in Soutamerica called "HELP" in Copacabana be aware of that there you will only find prostitutes, no normal women to go out with the day after or something like that....
    for all this women you have to pay!

    Unique Suggestions: And besides of this, there are a lot of brazilians who knows that every night a lot of foreigners are there, so pay a lot of attention, because there it can be dangerous ....!

    To those of you who still are interested in here's the Web-adress:
    http://80.78.233.178/index.htm

    Fun Alternatives: Okay, if you are a single boy/man and want to know a beautiful brazilian girl/woman better go to other clubs or discothecs in Rio, ..there are a lot of options better than HELP!

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    Prostitution in Copacabana Beach

    by andre.brazil Written Feb 15, 2003

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    At night all Copacabana coast will be crowded with prostitutes but be careful around the Sofitel Hotel, this is a place for the transvested "girls".

    Unique Suggestions: Prefer the girls around "Help" discoteque.

    Fun Alternatives: Always ask the price and check with your hands if it´s a girl or not. Good luck.

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    WELL WELL

    by janaina Written Nov 14, 2002

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    Hard to list,it can be everywhere or maybe,nowhere,depends only on you,your good sense,what I think one needs in anyplace!
    I think maybe,the important point is crossing a street...drivers won't give a damn if you stand on the lines or not,here to cross a street is a real Indiana Jones adventure,use your legs and reflexes,don't ever trust that drivers will stop and be gentle,usually,if you cross away from the traffic lights,it will be like a dance betwen the cars..btw,brazilians never(forgive me those who does)will cross the street at traffic lights,so just watch how to do it..
    Picture:Thomas,another nephew,Ipanema,sunday early morning(a better time to cross the street with a baby stroler..)

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