A lot of people have asked how to rent scooters in Rio.
One word of advice: don't.
The traffic is hectic and anything smaller than a car is fair game. There are a lot of accidents involving motorcycles, as well.
Finally, it may be stolen, which would not make you happy.
THE VANS :)
We also have a "private service" called VAN, they are actually mini buses which also serves the population, they had a hard time trying to legalize an authorization to work in the city, but the population wanted and isnert lots of pression on our City Hall, and they finally got the VAN service!
The 'bonde' is how the people from Rio call the tram. There is only one line working, it goes from city center to Santa Teresa neightbourhood.
It is really old, but it´s a nice experience, you´ll pass over the famous Lapa Arch and you´ll see the childrem running to take it while it goes downhill.
Adress: Rua Professor Lelio Gama, 65, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20031-080
THE FAMOUS BARCAS
The traditional people from both cities, Rio and Niteroi name the Barcas as BARCA DA CANTAREIRA...it is a very useful way to get rid of the so crazy traffic jams in the bridge and also in downtown Rio, they have been working since 1890, of course the boats were changing during all this time.
These boats were made in the 60's and work perfectly until our present days.
The ticket cost 2 reais, you should try it.
May 2nd, 2006
THE FERYY BOAT
This is one of the oldest buildings in Rio de Janeiro, it is very common to find old constructions from the last century and also 17-19th century, this one still works as our Ferry Boat Station. Many locals use it to cross to Bay to Niteroi, or from Niteroi to Rio, the crossing takes 20 minutes and it is a chance that you can have to see the best places in Baia de Guanabara such as the Bridge Costa e Silva, also known as PONTE RIO NITEROI, the domestic Airport Santos Dumont, the Sugar Loaf and the old fortress of Santa Cruz and São João!
May 2nd, 2006
A big new air conditioned bus to the airport
A FREE bus to the airport it is new with AC and all along Copacabana beach!! It does take about one hour but if you have the time it is worh salvaging the $40 in a hot taxi that would not allow you to see as many back roads.
BONDINHOS DE SANTA TEREZA
It will not take you far, but 40 years ago it was a very important mean of transport for all over the city, now if you go to doentown close to Petrobras Building at Senador Dantas Street you will find the Trolly Bus central station, or simply ESTACAO DOS BONDINHOS DE SANTA TEREZA, it serves the people who live on the hill of Santa Tereza and also it is a great day for our visitors experience the local life and visit one of the most interesting neighborhood of Rio.
Something you should do, if you go there alone and need to take pictures, please be seated, do not carry expensive stuffs with you, go casual.
It is always better taking with you someone who knows the place!
Hotel Shuttle Services
If you stay at the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers, you can take advantage of their complementary shuttle services. The hotel operates two types of services: Sheraton Shuttle Service stops along the beach on its way to the Rio Sul Shopping mall and Rio Sul Shopping Shuttle Service goes directly to the Shopping mall. The direct bus to the mall wasn't available on Sundays.
Please check with the hotel for the hours of operations. You have to go to the Concierge desk to make your reservation and get your ticket.
Sugarloaf cable car
To reach the summit of Sugarloaf you have to take two cable cars (built in 1912). The first is located at the station in Urca and assends 220m to Morro da Urca (the first rock formation before you get to Sugarloaf). Here there is a restaurant, souvenir shops, an outdoor theatre and a helipad where you can watch the wealthy fly in/out. There's a shortish walk round the where you take the second cable car up to the summit of Sugarloaf itself which is 396m high. This is where the famous scene from the James Bond film Moonraker was made when Jaws bites through the cable.
Open: 8am-10pm daily. They leave about every 30 mins and cost R$35.
To reach Urca simply take any bus marked 'Urca' (No.107 from Centro or No.500, 511 or 512 from Zona Sul.
Train up Corcavado
The cog train that climbs the mountain on which the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands runs approx every half-an-hour from Rua Cosme Velho 513. The railway was built in 1884 and was the first electricfied line in Brazil. The train was used to carry pieces of the statue up to the top of Corcovado. If you have some time before your train leaves you can take a look around the small cultural centre which shows pictures of the railway and the statue being built as well as pictures by school children. You can also visit the small cafe behind which you can see trains and carriages being maintained in the service shed.
Take my advice and sit on the right hand side going up for the better view. The ascent up to the top is approx 5km (3 miles) and takes roughly 15 minutes. You may wonder what those oblong medicine balls hanging from the trees are, the ones that look like spiked watermelons tied to ropes - they're jaca, or jackfruit.
Open daily from 8.30am-6.30pm. Train ticket price: R$30.
To reach the station at Cosme Velho either take a taxi or take a bus marked 'Rua Cosme Velho' - No.184 or 180 from Centro and Gloria; No. 583 from Copacabana/Ipanema; or No. 584 from Leblon.
PASSION IN THE AIR
From 3 places in the city you can take an helicopter and see Rio de Janeiro from the clouds! The ride is absolutely gorgeous, and you see places in Rio that in land it is impossble to be seen.
The 3 places are: from the top of Urca Hill in the Sugar Loaf complex, in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon near the Quiosques or Parque dos Patins and on the top of Dona Marta Hill.
For 7 minutes you can see the basic places of Rio, and believe me, it is okay!!!
You just have to pay 150 reais for that which is not so much comparing to the great joy you will have to see Rio from a different view!
July 14th, 2005
GATEWAYS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio has the seond biggest harbour in the country, cargo ships make our bay Area quite busy, and Cruising ships also aprroach our coast and make many people visiting Rio.
From Guanabara Bay you can spot also the Christ, the views are simply incredible!
May 24th, 2005
People smile everywhere
On foot: Walking is one of the best way to explore South Side neighborhoods. Pick out the right hotel and walk your way to the beaches, excellent restaurants, shopping, movies, theaters, concert halls, and all other conveniences (see quicktour). Invest on a good pair of walking shoes, and a sun hat. A stroll along the beach on Sundays is almost mandatory. One of the lanes is closed to cars, and pedestrians take over in grand style.
Bicycle & skates: There are bicycle lanes connecting all South Side neighborhoods, from Leblon to Leme and beyond. Go across the tunnel connecting you to Botafogo and reach the Flamengo Reclaim, one of the biggest urban parks in the world. There's another bicycle lane around Lagoa that is also very scenic. Many locals go two wheels, sharing the lane with rollerbladers, skaters and joggers. You may rent a bicycle at Ipanema Beach or Copacabana Beach on Sundays.
Yellow taxis: You don't have to go far to find a taxi in Rio - they are everywhere. And hard to miss, too - taxis are a bright yellow, blue stripe on the sides. Yellow taxis run by the meter. The initial fare is R$2.70, and the meter starts ticking as soon as you get in. After 9 p.m. and on weekends fares are a little higher (the meter is set to bandeira 2). You do not need to give fat tips: R$1 is plenty enough. Some taxis are air-conditioned at no extra charge.
A VERY IMPORTANT BAY
Guanabara..this is our Bay, a large portion of inlet sea which made the first conquerors going crazy, now it is a pathway for huge ships. Our richness goes and comes through this beautiful bay which also have beautiful beaches, but unfortunately polluted, but the Federal Goverment together with the State authorities are fighting together to stop pollution in this huge bay!;)
May 26th, 2005
GREAT VIEWS FROM YOUR FERRY WINDOWS
When you leave the coast o Niteroi heading to rio, you can see these gorgeous mountains, historic fortress and landmarks of Rio like the Pão de Açucar in Rio and the Hill of Rio Branco where you can find a very historic fortress on the top!
May 24th, 2005
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