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Need Help with Itinerary planning

We’ll be traveling to Rio for 8 full days, arriving 6am Sat. Mar22 until Sun. Mar30

Below is our list of “must see/do(s)” We’re staying in Arpoador so we’ll fill in beach time

Around this list.

In order of Importance:

1. Cristo Redentor – must be 1st van of the day – preferably with guide to take absolute best pix.

2. Hanggliding in Tijuca

3. Hike to Morro do Urca and then take cable car to Sugarloaf

4. Selaron Stairs - – preferably with guide for best pix (and security)

5. Botanical Garden

6. Marranca Stadium soccer match (with guide for travel to and to fit in)

7. Municipal theatre

8. Art museum in Niteroi

We’d like to start out Sat 3/22 just checking out the immediate area (Arpoador)

Since we’ll likely be tired from the trip.

Sat evening or Sun we‘d like to go the Municipal theatre for a show.

Sun 3/22 we’d like to stay near the beach, hippie fair in Ipanema and take advantage

of the Pedestrian traffic closure.

Can anyone help us to arrange/group things from our list together so that it makes the

Most sense regarding travel times and best times to visit. thanx in advance for any and all help. j&y&m

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1. Re: Need Help with Itinerary planning

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour. Go early in the morning when the sky is clear.

Ticket price for adults: R$46


Sugar Loaf Information:

Hours: opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 7:50 p.m.

The park always closes one hour after the ticket office.

The cable cars depart every 20 minutes or whenever full capacity is reached (65 passengers).

Ticket price for adults: R$53



Lagoa is the neighborhood around the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. It is one of Rio's nicer areas for walking or biking.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas:



Video of Lagoa:


Rio’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is a nature park containing more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees and 140 species of birds.



Jardim Botânico: An Oasis of Calm in Rio:


Paquetá is a district of Rio de Janeiro situated on an island in the middle of the Guanabara Bay. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. You should schedule at least half a day to spend strolling around the island.

You can get to Ilha de Paquetá by ferry, departing in the mornings from Praça XV in downtown (Centro) Rio. The ferry trip takes about one hour. You can also take the speedboat, leaving from a dock adjacent to the ferry.

Most of Paquetá’s houses date from the beginning of the 20th century, but there are some older buildings dating from the early 1700's, all of them well preserved. The whole island is beautifully landscaped, and because of its size and the fact that it is accessible only by boat, Paquetá is one of the safest places in Rio, with virtually no crime. It’s charming, laid-back, and a favorite spot for working-class Cariocas.


Visit Santa Teresa. This is something you can easily, safely, and inexpensively do on your own via the Metro from the Zona Sul, which is also a wonderful way to meet everyday Cariocas, many of whom speak some English and seem eager to chat with visitors.


Santa Teresa, in the Lapa/Centro area, is replete with charming colonial houses, little shops, fruit and vegetable markets, galleries, and restaurants.





Get off at Carioca Metro Station, walk to a nearby bus stop for a bus that will take you to Santa Teresa in ten minutes.

You might like Bar do Gomez (Armazém São Thiago) in Santa Teresa, one of the oldest bars in Rio de Janeiro as well as one of its finest botequins (neighborhood pubs). It was featured recently in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations: Rio.”





After Santa Teresa you might want to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral



and the Confeitaria Colombo in nearby Centro. This elegant Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894 and is a good example of Rio’s café culture reminiscent of 19th Century Europe.


Confeitaria Colombo now has a location in Copacabana, Café do Forte, located at Copacabana Fort, facing Copacabana Beach.


Centro, the Heart of Rio:


The beautifully restored neoclassical building housing Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is itself a work of art and definitely worth a visit. One of the city's most important cultural centers, the CCBB is located at Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, in the Centro (downtown) district. (Subway: Uruguaiana.)

The building includes an art gallery, three theatres, a cinema showing art films, and a large exhibit of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian money. With a bookstore, café, and tea salon, it is a favorite meeting point for both tourists and Cariocas.

Exhibits are always free and many of the programs are also free, although some theaters or events may charge a small fee. Check local newspapers for entertainment listings before you go. Phone: (21) 3808-2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guided tours in English by appointment.


Also in Centro: Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mosteiro de São Bento, Rua Dom Gerardo 68.

The Benedictines founded this magnificent hilltop monastery and church in 1590. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat and boasts richly decorated interiors that date from the 18th century. The elaborate interior of the church took almost seventy years to complete and was the life work of a series of artists, notably the Benedictine monk Frei Domingos da Conceição.



Walking Tour: Lapa, Cinelândia, and Largo da Carioca:


Casa Daros, one of Rio’s newest museums, is housed in a neoclassical 1866 mansion in Botafogo and showcases one of the world's premier collections of contemporary Latin American art. Apart from its exhibition spaces, the building includes a library, an auditorium seating one hundred people, a restaurant, a café and a shop.

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday--12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundays and holidays--12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Main exhibition: R$ 12

Students and seniors half price with ID.



And don’t forget the Hippie Fair in General Osório Square in Ipanema. The Feira Hippie (“Hippie Fair”) in Ipanema is a street market that sets up stalls every Sunday on General Osório Square. The fair features items like clothing, leather goods, art and jewelry. If you want to buy something in Ipanema as a memento of your trip to Brazil then this is the place.




Insider Guide to Rio:


Top Places in Rio de Janeiro:


Maracanã—the Stadium Guide:


FIFA Stadium Code of Conduct for the World Cup:


Tips for catching a soccer match in Rio:


Maracanã Stadium reopens for tours:


Rio de Janeiro Beach Tips:


Rio’s beach culture—a guide:


Best beach barracas (concession stands) in Rio:


Virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro: 360° Aerial Panorama.

This panorama can be opened in two different resolutions.


After you have chosen the resolution, the map box in the upper right corner of the screen will permit you to see other spectacular views of Rio.

Just click on one of the stars or dots for close-ups of Copacabana, Ipanema, Centro, Santa Teresa, Botafogo, Sugar Loaf, and additional views from Corcovado.

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2. Re: Need Help with Itinerary planning

I sincerely don't think it's worth it to go all the day to Niterói to check the museum there.

If I were you, I'd try to book a guide to do the Selaron steps and also the São Bento Monastery and MAR Museum, both in Downtown Rio. The museum in Niterói has nice views, but it's not an exciting attraction other than that.

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thanx for the help.

Was also hoping to get suggestions on what site groupings would make most sense regarding direction, travel times and best times to visit. really appreciated. j&y&m

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4. Re: Need Help with Itinerary planning

It’s best not to overschedule yourselves before you arrive in Rio, which is a rather compact city that lends itself well to improvisation.

After you do Corcovado and Sugar Loaf, try to play it by ear, taking into account the usuallly unpredictable weather and the scores of little discoveries that you will undoubtedly make along the way.

Maps of Rio de Janeiro:



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The perfect day in Rio de Janeiro: an itinerary.


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