Taxis at night
I'm usually against taking taxis places because I like to do the more local thing but in Rio it's best to take one at night. Not only is it safer but the metros close and some bus lines stop. There also aren't time schedules and such for buses and it does get a bit shadier as the night goes on. So as it gets later and you drink a little more (or don't) hop in a taxi home. When it comes down to it, it's not that much money but it is that much safer.
Rio by Bus
Novo Rio Bus Terminal
Information on inter-state and international bus departure times, accredited taxi tariffs, companies who operate at the terminal, transport of animals, location of ticket offices, company telephones.
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.
Actual Traffic in Rio de Janeiro
To get an idea how is the traffic in Rio de Janeiro nowadays you can go to following webpage and see actual photos of the conditions in different part of the cities:
Simply click on the map which appears at the page, for example you can click on "Zona Sul" to see some traffic cameras from the beach areas in Copacabana and Ipanema....then simply click on the little camera displayed and you will get an actual photo from the place (even it is very small).
If you just want to see if you will be stuck into a traffic jam some way you want to go while in Rio you can also click on "Boletim do Transito" and you will see if the conditions are okay or not.
If you want to see a livestream webcamera from the "Rio-Niteroi" bridge then click on:
On your way up to Sugarloaf, when you stop at Urca hill, you'll see this helicopter landing that's operated by the Helisight company. A six minute ride from here to the Christ statue on Corcovado will set you back 150 reais (or around $50 US). If you want a grand tour over Rio (after all it's one of the most beautiful cities you'll ever see) it will run about 875 reais and will last one hour. I didn't do it, but maybe I will next time. It sounds great.
Fastest way down the mountain
Did you ever see the episode of The Amazing Race where the teams were challenged to hang glide off of the mountain in Rio? Well, this is the same mountain that I jumped off of, and frankly, I don't know what those chickens were afraid of! This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip and it was really a peaceful feeling. And, as an added bonus, you can get down to the beach a lot faster by flying than driving.
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$30.
To reach the station at Cosme Velho either take a taxi or take a bus marked 'Rua Cosme Velho' - No.184 or 180 from Centro and Gloria; No. 583 from Copacabana/Ipanema; or No. 584 from Leblon.
Rio's international airport is Antonio Carlos Jobim and is located about 12 miles outside of downtown. The name comes from the guy who wrote the famous song "The Girl from Ipanema" but since this is a recent name change many locals might still refer to it as Galeao Airport. The airport is a modern facility with cafes, shops, internet connections and ATMs.
Companhia Caminho Aereo Pao de Acucar
Price: R$ 30.00 (Thirty Reais) must be paid with check or cash only. Non cards are accepted.
You have wondeful view from the top. Very safe and secure. I even asked the conductor if had happened any accident over there. lolRelated to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Saveiros are typical ships; they look like sailboats, but they not use sails. You will take a saveiro to visit the islands; under the sun, drinking caipirinha, watching the dolphins... And if you want, you even can swim from the saveiro to the coast.
Los "saveiros" son embarcaciones típicas; parecen veleros pero no tienen velas! Puedes abordar un "saveiro" para visitar las islas; bajo el sol, tomando "caipirinha", mirando los delfines... Y si quieres, puedes nadar desde el "saveiro" hasta la costa.
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.
The Shopping Center "Rio Sul" (close to the Sugar Loaf - between Copacabana and Botafogo) offers a free transport service for tourists in living in hotels in the Zona Sul. (You just have to show your Hotel Card. Ask at your reception for details.)
Departures from Copacabana (Posto 5) to Shopping Center. 10:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30 (Leblon/Ipanema 15/10 min earlier).
Departures from Shopping Center to Copacabana/Ipanema/Leblon: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 21:30
Tip: You are not allowed to get off the bus until - but you can use the bus as a free transport service e.g. from Leblon/Ipanema/Copacabana to the Sugar Loaf (the Shopping Center is just a 5 min. walk from the cable car to the Sugar Loaf).
As well as the international airport, Rio de Janeiro is well served by a complex Brazilian bus network that links Rio with literally hundreds of destinations throughout Brazil and beyond. In general, Rio de Janiero is one of the most accessible cities in Latin America.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Varig 8815 (Miami to Rio: 18-19 Dec. '01)
We pushed back from gate F-18 spot on at 7.30 and the safety lecture ensured in Portuguese, English and Spanish. We taxied down the runway, turned, gained velocity, and wheels left Florida soil at 7.45 at a speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), according to the screen which showed real-time flight stats (altitude, air temperature outside, speed, and position). In the pocket in front of the seat with the safety instructions and in-flight magazines, they also had a menu card for the flight. (I was so hungry, at that point, that I could almost EAT the card.) There were three choices:
1. Fusili pasta with cheese and tomato sauce.
2. Glazed beef fillet with onions and mushrooms garnished with herbed potatoes, carrots, and green beans.
3. Stuffed turkey breast garnished with potatoes, carrots, and green peas.
All 3 choices came with a prosciutto and melon salad as well as a roll and a chocolate cheesecake for dessert. If my cousins Dorothy and Mildred are reading this, prosciutto is an Italian ham. I was hoping for the second one and, failing that, number 3. Sure enough, for the first time ever, they ran out of my first choice (AND my second). I was stuck with number 1 SLIGHTLY better than nothing. I hadn't had any meat to speak of (the prosciutto slice was paltry at best) since before I left Raleigh-Durham Airport. I suppose I could have eaten at the airport, but the food usually does not justify the prices. They say at the bottom of the menu card, "Please accept our apologies if your choice is not available." However, the apology was not accepted. The bare minimum would be to offer three meaty entrees and take care of the vegetarians on an individual basis. I was so hungry, I took the barren meal and made the steward give me a second one because I was so hungry and the first wouldn't even keep a chicken alive. I heard so many nice things about Varig from folks I knew personally who had flown it and those on Virtual Tourist that I expected world class service. At least this lot didn't forget to load the meal on board.
Aerolineas Argentinas 1250: 30 Dec. '01
They boarded Aerolineas Argentinas 1250 on schedule. Instead of walking down the jetway and directly onto an awaiting airplane, they loaded us onto an airport bus which took us to the middle of the runway where the plane was waiting. I didn't know that the MD-88 had a rear opening. I found out it did when folks from rows 17 and back were asked to board from the back. My allocated seat was 17-C. On schedule, the plane pushed back at 7.45. We turned, picked up speed, and wheels left Argentine soil. This flight was nearly full, different from the one down, where there weren't enough on board to start a fight. Unfortunately, when I needed an empty aircraft the most, I didn't have one. However, my seat mates were nice young folks from Buenos Aires. It looks like they picked the right time to start a 20-day holiday out of the country. I wish I had 20 more days of holiday given the cold snap Richmond, Virginia was suffering at the time. Given previous experience, I really didn't expect a lot from Aerolineas Argentinas in terms of food service. There was a hot ham and cheese croissant, mixed fruit, a muffin, melba toast, yogurt, and a crunchy ball of white chocolate. Despite having chewed gum on takeoff, my ears popped seriously and I thought I was in for a new adventure in pain on landing. I tried to sleep in flight, but the breeze from some kid- whose parents should have been made to clean the lavatory for not minding the child better- was freely running up and down the aisles. The stewardesses didn't care as long as he didn't go through the curtain into first class. If I had the energy, I would have tripped up the kid and made it look like an accident. We landed in corkscrew fashion through the cloud cover. Wheels touched Brazilian soil again at 11.26. On landing, there was this curious phenomenon I have heard on some flights called AIRPLAUSE (the spontaneous applause on a safe landing). When you think about it, on the contrary, passengers would hardly be in a position to throw rotten fruits and vegetables.
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