We are visiting Rio in December with 3 kids - 6, 7 and 10 yrs. old. On our to-do list is to go for a self-guided walking tour in Centro on a Saturday. We read the following note regarding safety on http://www.gringo-rio.com/centro-in-rio.html and wanted to check if it's true:
"Centro in Rio is not always a safe place, avoid it when the shops are closed. Ie. weekdays after 7PM, Saturdays after 3PM and all Sundays and holidays. The chances of getting robbed are extremely high since there are no police or shop security around."
Can you please tell us if we should really avoid Centro during the times mentioned above? BTW, we are staying in a hotel in Centro!
Now, here's the self-guided walking tour I put totgether. Our hotel is very close to the Catete station, but my plan was to take a taxi to the starting point and return by the metro train from Cinelândia. These are the sights we thought we could see.
1. Start at "Palácio Tiradentes"
2. "Paço Imperial"
3. "Praça Quinze
4. "Arco do Teles
5. "Travessa do Comércio
6. "Rua do Ouvidor"
7. "Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores
8. "Centro Cultural dos Correios"
9. "Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil
10. "Igreja da Candelária
11. “São Bento”.
12. Walk on “Avenida Rio Branco”
13. “Confeitaria Colombo
14. “Metropolitan Cathedral”.
15. “Theatro Municipal”
16. “Biblioteca Nacional”
What do you think? Any sights that I should drop? How long will this walk take? We will be visiting the inside of churches and some buildings, but not taking any guided tours inside.