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3 nights in Rio. Any suggestions?

Hi, We are planning a trip to Rio in July next year. We will be there for 3 nights. Any private tour guide operator recommendations. Also any suggestions for the attraction we should see . We are a family of 2 adults and one 13 year old.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 3 nights in Rio. Any suggestions?

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Some things and places to consider in Rio:

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour.

Ticket price for adults: R$50


Sugar Loaf Information:

Hours: opens at 7:30 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$62



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:



Kiosks and Restaurants on 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.


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.



Gregorian Chant at the Mosteiro de São Bento:


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:


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2. Re: 3 nights in Rio. Any suggestions?

Thanks. Great recommendations.

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3. Re: 3 nights in Rio. Any suggestions?

I think that the two main attractions of Rio are very easy to do without a guide in one day, the corcovado and the sugarloaf. both together will require an entire day (or close to) to do. Its possible to do both in same day and many tours do that. I dont see need of a guide to do those attractions, its more about the wonderful landscape, not much to be explained. Taxis in Rio are not expensive in Rio, so you can easily get to just by telling the taxi.

What a guided tour can be more useful in my opinion is visit places like the botanical garden, historical city center, Santa Tereza.

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4. Re: 3 nights in Rio. Any suggestions?

One important thing to consider is that Brazil requires Canadian nationals a tourist visa so that they can be admitted in Brazil. The visa has to be issued prior to the trip.

The Brazilian Consulate in Vancouver has jurisdiction over the province of Alberta. That's a link to their website: http://tinyurl.com/lbksn3x

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