Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

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Rio de Janeiro Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beaches, people, history, food, nightlife, beauty... everything! 

  • Con
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     Heartwrenching poverty, lots of vice 

  • In a nutshell
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     Don't let anyone talk you out of it...if you go once, you won't have enough time, and you will return. 

Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

  • Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado

    This is it! My soul remaining shot of the Corcovado. Oh well to be honest my other shots were done late in the afternoon and against the sun. Unfortunately I lost most of my shots of the Christ the Redeemer in a camera mishap. The Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer (in Portuguese Christo Redentor) that sits on top of it, is certainly...

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  • Sugar Loaf - Pão de Açucar

    Another must in Rio is visiting Pao de Acucar or Sugar Loaf mountain. There are two seperate parts to it, so you need to take two cable cars. The cost is quite high though, and if you want you can just pay for one return ride. The views are pretty special, keep an eye out for the monkeys and the birds.

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  • Copacabana

    Copacabana’s fame attracts cariocas and tourists (excuse me, travelers) alike. The first go there to show off - muscles or other soft tissue while the second go to see the show. The time I went was not the most blessed with balmy weather but there was still some action. Unfortunately, construction was under way which meant that large tract of the...

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Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

  • Marius

    I am going to Marius tonight, its one of my favorite restaurants here in Rio de Janeiro. Looking the webpage to make the reservation I saw some comments from a few foreigners who are telling NOT to go there. Reading there comments I realized the comments are not fair. Facts: one of the best restaurants in Rio with a BBQ and a seafood option or a...

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  • Porcão

    This is the nicest and the most delicious Churrascaria in town. It's an all you can eat style restaurant. The salad back has everything from salads, breads, cheeses to sushi, sashimi and caviar. But the best part of the restaurant is the meat - chicken, pork, beef, lamb, etc. Bow-tied waiters walk around with giant skewers with meat, stopping at...

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  • Confeitaria Colombo

    Legacy of imperial Brazil, Confeitaria Colombo preserves the elegance of a bygone era. The Belle Époque tearoom opened its doors in 1894 and immediately attracted Rio's high society and intellectuals, and became the rendez-vous place of choice. In a city that has replaced much of the old with less attractive modern construction, Confeitaria Colombo...

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Rio de Janeiro Nightlife

  • Discoteca Help

    guys, ive been to HELP and let me tell you dont waste your time i went when i was 20 in 2006, the club is for ugly old men who pay to have sex with local working girls from rio its a brothel pretty much, you get hasseld by the girls outside when sitting having a drink and inside...they will not leave you alone..so if your keen to pay for sex, by...

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  • Plataforma

    If you do not visit Rio in carnival season then you should attend this spectacular samba extravaganza show of Plataforma for the experince. With more than thirty performers it is first of all for foreign visitors. The great spectacle has started at 22pm and lasted about 2 hours. It was a loud night but the costumes (or lack of them) and the...

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  • Nuth in Barra da Tijuca

    Last night in Rio so i decided to go here after reading reviews and it seemed like I place I could maybe have fun, nothing too crazy because im not really into the whole night club thing but i wanted to check out the night life just for the experience. I mean, when in Rio...! Well, if your young or young at heart. DONT GO ON MONDAY. The place dont...

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Rio de Janeiro Transportation

  • Get a Taxi

    Because of the reviews I read here regarding Paulo Silva - taxinorio.com.br, I called Mr. Silva on his cell (yes, he does pick up the phone), and I spoke to him in Portuguese. It was not a short conversation. I let him know specifically when I would be arriving in Rio, and where I needed him to pick me up. I also let him know that I would be...

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  • Bus in Rio

    If you got the time and tight budjet your best bet from GIG to Copacabana and Ipanema is Real bus 2018. Very simple from the airport. Has a designated stop and booth. From the beach area going back to the airport a diffrent story. If your on Atlantica they will come by and stop. The question is when. Traffic is horrible and the sun nad heat is...

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  • Metro system

    It's safe and convenient to take metro in Rio during the day. Passenger can transit any of 2 lines for R$2.6 and several stations are close to downtown attractions and Copacabana beach. If one wish to visit Sugarloaf or Corcovado by metro, simply purchase a metro+bus ticket for R$3.4. Exit at Largo do Machado and transit the metro onibus heading...

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Rio de Janeiro Shopping

  • Antiques and Miscellaneous

    There is a regular street market located under the large highway overpass, which protects most of the vendors from the hot sun as well as the hard rain.I cannot speak for the weekdays, but weekends are alive with lots of vendors and shoppers. There are lots of old antique items, old coins and various collectors treasures, clothes, food, etc. There...

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  • outlet shopping!

    It´s a shopping mall on the outskirts of Rio but easily reachable on subway. Get on line 1 and change at Estacio station to line 2 and get off at Del Castilho station. The station has a pedestrian flyover that goes straight into the mall. The mall is big and has many stores, Brazilian and international brands which are cheaper than usual. As it is...

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  • Big Box Shopping, the American Way

    As you are likely aware, Wal-Mart has tons of stuff at pretty cheap prices. I rarely shop at Wal-Mart when I am at home, but sometimes it saves a ton of time and money having everything in one place. Anyway, there is a pretty nice Wal-Mart in Barra and we visited there when we were planning a big barbeque for the night. It was an easy way to get...

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Rio de Janeiro Local Customs

  • Beach

    When you are in Rio you quickly realize that we all love the beach, no matter if the weather is fine or not, but we always find any reason to be close by the sea. Even when the sea is flat you will find a surfer having fun in our coast line! This photo was taken in the Fort of Copacabana in one of the afternoons that I usually go to the beach to...

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  • Cachaça and Caipirinha

    Cachaca is a spirit native to Brazil and is distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. Considered a member of the rum family, it is lighter than other rums which are molasses based. Cachaca has a light, smooth flavor with an aroma that is the essence of fresh sugarcane juice. An ageing process at least a year or more improves the cachaca, creating...

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  • Hearts of Palm

    The sabal palmetto is grown, harvested, and canned as a cash crop throughout Central and South America, especially Brazil. It needs 150 inches (375 cm.) of rainfall each year to flourish, and can't take cold weather. It is harvested at a year or at a height of 5 feet (1.5 m.) Hearts of palm used to be a staple in a poor man's diet, but it became a...

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Rio de Janeiro Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety in Brazil greatly overemphasized!

    My wife and I spent almost three weeks visiting this beautiful country, and we were in Rio for the first five days for Carnival. Then we flew to Salvador for three days and apparently both cities are notorious for crime inflicted upon the unsuspecting tourists. Our last day was spent in São Paulo and this city of 30 million people has a unwholesome...

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  • Rio seemed safe to me

    My wife and I just returned from a trip to Rio. We were there for a few days. Not even once during our time there were we even approached by anyone asking for money. Any crime was not apparent anywhere where we went (all the tourist sights, beaches, restaurants, bars, etc). Im sure you would see more crime if you lived there but as a tourist you...

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  • Come if you want, but be prepared.

    I live in Rio and I've "only" been robbed five times so far. Once with a gun in my head, when a man took my car at 8pm in Flamengo. The thing is statistics doesn't work on this, you will get lucky or you won't. You should read all the recommendations, don't walk alone late at night and take a cab when you can (better call by phone or in an app). I...

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Rio de Janeiro Tourist Traps

  • Accommodation Fraud: Rio de janeiro,...

    After being awarded a research fellowship at a policy institute in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, I was provided with some 'recommended' rental agencies as I needed accommodation for one month while I was conducting research. I chose to contact the company RIOTEMPORADA as they had what seemed to be reasonable prices...

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  • Airport/Bus Station Taxi Drivers

    I have posted in my blog a few tips to avoid get skemed by the airport taxi driver´s and a good way out of it.http://studionalapa.blogspot.com/2010/10/taxi-in-rio-how-to-save-some-money.htmlI can tell you DO NOT PAY pre-charged rides... only pay by the clock. When you land on Rio´s International Airport/Bus Stations there will be some taxi...

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  • Finally Carnival has gone!

    There are only 2 things why to enjoy Carnival: 1) World's greatest party with the wide holiday (5 days in Rio and 240 days in Salvador). 2) Beautiful women almost naked!But on the other hand, there are a lot of reasons for hating:1) Men dress female clothes and go street for showing their ridiculous, disgusting and hairy legs.2) Copacabana becomes...

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Rio de Janeiro What to Pack

  • Tips to make you stand out less

    When I look at photos of when i first arrived here....i cringe!!! so here are some tips to stop you looking too foreign.....Dont dress like you are going on safari (no kahki shorts, sandles with socks, safari hat type combination)Dress is casual but dont wear havaianas to a fancy night club or restaurant. Girls...you dont have to wear a teeny...

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  • Sunshine abounds

    Be aware that the sun is very strong, women, remember to wear a slip under that sundress.Pack your sunglasses or a hat, and don't forget to bring a bathing suit and flip flops. Sun screen and moisturizers are readily available. Do not leave your valuables unattended. There are reports of theft from the beaches. If you intend to swim, leave your...

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  • DRESS CODE HINTS

    Specially if you choose the high season period which starts from December to February, just dress casual and you will feel alright. Rio can be very hot in the Summer so it might be a good idea if you think about bringing light clothes, but you can separate a very light jacket just in case it rains or if you need to go to any place in the...

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Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

  • Niterói

    I'm not sure how frequently this is accessible by the public, but if you cross the bridge between Rio and Niteroi, you will see the submarine base (just before you reach the toll booth on the bridge). The submarine base was started in 1941 and is still in operation. If you are lucky you may see some of the submarines in the bay as they go out for...

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  • Favelas

    Many people are often hesitant to do a "tour" in the favelas thinking that they will leave the people who live there feeling like zoo animals or a tourist attraction, but I can promise you that we do nothing of the sort! Part of our mission is to break down stereotypes about what life is like inside a favela, and most importantly, to show that...

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  • Street Markets

    The smell and colour of the fruit and vegetables, the relaxed atmosphere, make the market a good place for anyone wishing to get to know the profusion and variety of the ingredients at close... even if you are going to stay at a hotel and not going to shop for food. And there are a whole variety of peppers. From the ones you're familiar with like...

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Rio de Janeiro Sports & Outdoors

  • Hang Gliding in Sao Conrado

    Tandem hang gliding is possible in Rio. Over Sao Conrado bay the descent lasts about 15 minutes with a spectacular vista. The instructor will take care of all the controls, leaving you to enjoy the wonderful sights of Rio. The prices vary depending on who you book with but expect to pay around $120 plus a fee for pictures. Your bottle

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  • The 4 big football teams in rio de...

    Rio de Janeiro has many football teams but there are 4 teams that are the big ones in the city.Flamengo:This is the team with the most fans in Rio and in all Brazil fpr that matter.They have the well known shirt with red and black stripes.The team has very strong support among the poor people in the favelas and it's the big classic working class...

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  • Football at Estadio Olimpico

    I've watched many a football (soccer) game along with the locals at their watering holes. I've even attended a playoff match at Olympic Stadium to sit with my fanatical Fluminense friends. There was more action in the stands than on the field... The banners, flags, drums, etc. can be intense!There are a few stadiums around Rio de Janeiro....

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Rio de Janeiro Favorites

  • Urban Jungle by foot

    The sounds of the street, cold air in August, and the grand views of nature's own sculpted art. I really enjoyed the subtle change in charm that is easily palpable the second you travel from neighborhood to neighborhood.

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  • When to come

    Rio has a tropical climate and is suitable to visit all year round. The temperature rarely goes below 20oC or above 30oC, with most of the rain falling in the summer months Dec-Mar. The busiest time is during the Rio carnival in either February or March.

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  • Yellow fever jab

    If you are making a trip into the Amazon or anywhere that has a problem with yellow fever, get the free jab in one of Rio's clinics. You'll get a certificate to prove you've been treated and you can safely enjoy South America's wilderness. It involves a 2 hour wait, but you don't need an appointment and the fees at home can be quite high. Read more...

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