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Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro City Essentials Including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
"Begin your day with convenient pickup service at either your hotel the airport or cruise terminal. Board a private vehicle with your English-speaking driver/guide. Head to the Corcovado train station. Leave your driver/guide and take the train up the mountain. Visit Christ the Redeemer Statue. Return to the designated m along a scenic drive through Tijuca Park. See the world's largest urban forest. Visit the Chinese View and the Emperor's Table observation points. Head north of the city to Maracana one of the world's most famous football stadiums. Take a 40-minute tour of the stadium (own expense). Enjoy some Brazilian cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading to the Selaron Stairs. Admire this staircase decorated with colo an old aqueduct and interesting architectural landmark. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Drive through Flamengo Park to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Take the cable car up the mountain on your own. See the majestic landscape and view the sunset from at a wealthy neighborhood dating back to the 1920s. Relax during a short drive through this area.Return to hotel at the end of the tour."""
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One Day In Rio de Janeiro: City Sightseeing Tour
"This tour begins with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain. The statue is 710 meters tall and from that point you'll get a privileged view of the city. The ride to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer is a short drive of about 20 minutes through th you are greeted by the main monument of Brazil and a World Heritage site which introduces you to the city of Rio. After this visit the tour heads towards the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro then the Sambódromo and the city tour ends with a visit to Journalist Mario Filho Stadium popularly known as Maracanã for an outside visit. You'll then head to a steakhouse for lunch and then visit the Sugar Loaf. Located at the Urca neighborhood
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
"After early morning hotel pickup you'll enjoy a tour of Christ the Redeemer without many of the crowds. On the way you will enjoy views of Copacabana beach Botafogo beach and Palácio Guanabara. Before heading up you'll reach Tijuca Forest stopping at Paineiras to board the vehicles up to Corcovado. The visit to the monument lasts approximately 45 minutes. In case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado you will make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta (362m)
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Botafogo Tips (9)


When Rio was the capital of Brazil, Botafogo was the location of most of the embassies. The neighbourhood's old mansions were thus spared destruction which preserved the area's old charms. It remains today as a high end residential area located between Copacabana, Flamengo and Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain). Botafogo has a beautiful small beach with excellent views of Sugarloaf, yet it is eerily empty. The reason is its highly polluted waters, so the beach is excellent for strolls and maybe sunbathing, but not for swimming. Its proximity to a busy road may also deter people.

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Jan 28, 2009


Flamengo and Botafogo two very populated neighborhood of Rio, two middle class districts on the Guanabara Bay. In Flamengo you can see the famous Flamengo's Park, locally known as Aterro do Flamengo, curious to figure out that it was once a settlement for the dutch, that is why the name FLAMENGO coming from "flemish"; and Botafogo, once it was a farm belonging to a man with surname BOTAFOGO, now it is one of the most important commercial centre in the city and famous middle class district!

August 14th, 2005

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Aug 20, 2005


Botafogo is one the places where I spent most of my time. The course I was attending took place in Centro Empresarial Botafogo. And I can tell you, by experience, that this area has good stuff to offer.
To start with, its coastline to Guanabara bay is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Exercising or just walking along the Praia de Botafogo avenue is one of the most delightful pleasures you cannot miss during the day
Secondly, it is well connected by bus and by metro, being easy to reach either from the north or from the south. It has also plenty of options for nice and cheap lodging, compared to those of Copacabana or Flamengo, which are nearby.
It also has good shopping options, like Botafogo Praia Shopping, with stores, cinemas and restaurants from which you get a stunning view of the bay.
Just a con of this place: as tempting as it may be, don't get into the shiny-blue waters of Botafogo beach to swim. Unfortunately the waters of Guanabara Bay are one of the most contaminated, and are not suitable for swimming. However, you can rent boats to get a ride to the bay.

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Jul 30, 2005

Enseada de Botafogo

A enseada de Botafogo e um lugar bem legal, na foto ela aparece com o Pao de Acucar ao fundo, uma dica para observar essa vista maravilhosa, é ir ao restaurante Kotobuki no Botafogo Praia Shopping

In the picture you see Botafogo´s Cove, with the Suga Loaf behind it, here goes a tip, if you to see this beautifull landscape, you should go to the Kotobuki restaurant at Botafogo Praia Shopping

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Mar 05, 2004
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Wedged between Flamengo and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema is Botafogo, a mostly business oriented neighborhood that has a few museums including the Museum of the Indians. I didn't spend any time here other than a quick stop at one of Rio's biggest shopping malls, Shopping Rio Sul.

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Nov 15, 2003


A traditional neighborhood located between the historical Flamengo-Downtown strip and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Years ago, many mansions were built in the area and most have been turned over to private clinics or schools. In addition to a colorful nightlife, this is the center of cultural activities such as museums and theatres. Great shopping at one of Rio's shopping malls, RioSul plus numerous outlets and discount stores.

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Aug 05, 2003

Botafogo Bay

The sidewalk running along Botafogo Beach in front of the bay of the same name offers one of the loveliest views of the city, with Urca Hill and Sugarloaf right at the entrance to the Guanabara Bay. In the foreground, the boats and sails of the Yacht Club add life and color to the scene. A favorite venue for shows and concerts drawing lively crowds, its facilities include a cycle path and bicycle racks for visitors.The best view to see the beautifull scenery is from Botafogo Praia Shopping´s Terrace , worth a visit ,after or before movie!!!

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Apr 06, 2003

Everyone who goes to Rio will...

Everyone who goes to Rio will see the Pau de Açucar, but hopefully you will get to see it with a full moon rising, and being reflected on Botafogo bay. The water at Botafogo Beach is not fit to swim in, but the view from the top of Sugar Loaf is wonderful.
Anyone who has seen the James Bond flick will be pleased to hear that there is no guy up there with really strong teeth, but you will not need this type of excitement to feel the exhiliration of the high-speed cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. As you ascend at what seems like an impossible angle, the earth literally falls away from you, so quickly that you wish you had more time to enjoy the changing scenery.

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Aug 26, 2002

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A HELICOPTER TOUR. The chopper...

The chopper sets off from a helipad in the side of Pao de Acucar to take you on a roughly 10 minute flight above Botafogo, around Cristo Redentor, then on to Ipanema and Copacabana...
I didn't take this tour the first time I was in Rio. I am happy to have remedied this situation - you're missing out on a lot if you leave this out!

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Aug 24, 2002

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