Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Reviews

Dand2015 Dand2015
4 reviews
One week in Rio Jan 11, 2015
Rio is one of those places that you fall in love with at the very first sight and even the best photos don't do the city justice enough. The beauty of this place is simply mesmerizing and I just can't wait to be back.

Things to do:

1. Walk along the beach, nothing beats a good stroll along Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

2. Enjoy a coconut whilst basking in the sun at Copacabana:)

3. Pao Azucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) is arguably the best site from where you can have the best panoramic views of Rio. Not as crowded as Christ Redeemer (Corvocado) statue. Tell the taxi driver you want to go to the Teleferico, no idea what was so funny but my taxi driver bursted into a contagious laughter. I've rarely seen someone as happy as him when repeating the word Teleferico to himself:)

4.Corvocado. Everyone goes there so follow the crowds. Prepare for at least one hour wait and bring water with you. The cable car (train?) goes through a tropical forest which is worth every Reais paid. Let alone the statue...

5. Go to Rio Sul Shopping Mall if it's raining, there are some good Brazilian designers. Buy an Ipanema hat and a pair of Hawaianas so you can pass as a local.

Hotels: I stayed at Sheraton Rio (just a short walk to Leblon beach), I will recommend it. They do very good Caipirinha at the bar:) Don't spend time on the hotel's little beach there are at least three fabulous beaches in Rio:) The restaurant is good, try the bolinhos and their dessert (baked cinnamon banana with icecream).

Restaurants: my favourite was a very unassuming restaurant close to Copacabana beach - Boteco Belmonte. You can get a real feel of Rio and plenty of picanha, camarrao&good stuff:) I recommend the shredded grilled beef in sauce stuffed in a whole bread with fried cassava.
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Hopalong Hopalong
6 reviews
Walking half way to Pao de Acucar / Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro Dec 03, 2012
While in Rio it´s definitely worth going to these main tourist attractions (even if you normally would avoid them) like Corcovado and Pao de Acucar for some breathtaking views which also give you a splendid overall idea of this gorgeous city.

Instead of taking the cable car from the bottom of the mountain, my advice is to head to the Pista Claudio Coutinho promenade from Praia Vermelha and halfway of it take the path climbing upwards through the forest up to Morro da Urca. When half way the mountain you need to take the cable car to the top. The walk is really nice but maybe not in heels though :) On the way among the lush greenery you can spot those lovely little monkeys, saquis, as the locals call them.
On Morro da Urca, gorgeous walk ha…
eamesker eamesker
17 reviews
Beautiful beach - great surf - no crowds Sep 03, 2008
A little out of the way but worth a visit. Clean blue water. White sand beach. Great for surfing, body boarding, and windsurfing.

The whole area is clean and noticeably upper class. There is a giant shopping mall and, surprisingly, even a WalMart (which I found a bit disconcerting).

I drove here from Rio and the ride is very beautiful. You also drive right next to Brazil's largest favela - Favela Rocinha. Amazing how large it is, quite a sight. Beware going through the looooong tunnel near the favela; every so often gangsters will shut down both sides and trap the cars in, then go car to car stealing money and valuables. There is also a road that goes around the tunnel. It takes longer, but whatever makes you feel more comfortable. Personally, I went around to get there and through to go back.

One of my favorite beaches in Brazil. Be sure to check it out!!!! Oh - and there are lounge chairs on the beach where people will come and serve you drinks and food! Perfection.
Favela Rocinha drive by
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Eric says:
Looks great, and definitely less crowded. Although the part about going through a tunnel that gets robbed occasionally is a bit scary! Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Sep 01, 2009

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