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“Rio De Janerio is a great city”
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“Rio De Janerio is a great city”
Reviewed 24 February 2011

We have just returned from a trip to Rio de Janeiro .After reading a lot of blogs and guide books we set off.My advice to anyone going to rio is
1. Dont worry about what to wear anything goes (men do wear trunks but they wear shorts and board shorts also,get a sarong off a beach seller and when going out just be neat and tidy no fuss)
2. You can take cameras on to the beach (just be aware of your surroundings like in any big city)
3.Go on a favela tour its an eye opener
4.Take the yellow cabs they are all on metres,public buses are great and the metro is also good. (we never had a bad experience in any taxi ,metro or bus)
5.All the local beach sellers are trying to earn a living they are polite and will leave you alone if you just say no.
6.Go to lapa for a friday or saturday night ( Rio scenario is a great place with dancing and food in many rooms)
7.Remember its hot put on lots of sun cream.
9.Copacabana and Ipanema are well lit at night and well policed
24/7 you can take a late night drink in any of the bars along the beach front.
10.Take a frase book you will need one as not everyone speaks english .
11.Drink local drinks caipirinha and eat local foods (it will save you a lot of money)
Rio is like any other big city be careful and you will be safe ,people are helpful and friendly and the sun shines daily.
Dont let peoples tales put you off its much safer than depicted in travel books .


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Viña del Mar
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Rio de Janeiro with kids”
Reviewed 21 February 2011

I had a great experience visiting Rio de Janeiro on Febrary with our 5 year old daughter! Brazilians have great respect for kids and they go out with them even at night.

Whenever my daughter was in a queue, people say "no, you go first", and even let her sit when the omnibus was full (from Rio to Barra). We also went to open restaurants-bars at night (22 hrs) and she could stay. Everyone was really nice to her and no one seemed bothered because of her presence or any other kids.

What I recomed:

Leblon beach, posto 12 (I think), which is the kids area, they even rent small plastic swimming pools so they can cool down when they are not at the sea.

The bookstores. There are a lot and kids can read whatever they like. My daughter specially liked one in the Barra Shopping where they had big cushions so kids could lay down and read!

Leblon shopping. At the 4th floor they have a special area for kids to stay, it's like a small city, with a small grocerie, a small vet shop, etc. They even have costume dresses, nintendo wii, a bouncy bed. I think it was opened until 23 hrs (you have to pay 20R for every hour).

Frozen Yogurts. There are a lot of places to buy them, it was a good "prize" for her good behaviour and she could choose toppings to put them on: fruits, m&m, etc.

The Sugar Loaf. Beautiful!!! I also loved the beach next to it, praia vermelha, although it wasn`t very clean. I think it's great for kids becase the waves are really really small.

Fruit. It's delicious and not expensive!


What I don't recommed:

The zoo. I didn't like it, it was far away, and It didn't look clean or well taken care.

What to take to Rio:

sunscreen and insect repelent, a jockey or a hat.


What we carried:

- At night, we froze bottles of water to take with us during the day (3 usually).
- Sandwiches: we bought bread and ham in a supermarket (and yogurts) to make sandwiches to carry with us in case our daughter was hungry. We didn`t put mayonaise on becasue we thought that, with the heat, it wouldn`t be in good condition.
- A lot of sunscreen
- Spare clothes and bathing suits (you never know when you are going to be in front of a beautiful beach!).


Beware of:

Rio is beautifull and a very turistic place. So, we had the impression that people always want turists to give them more money. We reallized that they have some tricks to make you pay more:

- We and some other turist realized that wen we pay, sometimes they gave us less change. When we said "excuse me, I payed with 20", they say "no, you payed with 10". At the beginnig we that it was ours mistake, but then we realized it wasn't.

- We realized that sometimes, when we took a taxi, the driver put a "2" on the thing that tells you how much you have to pay. Finally, we realized that during the day they have a "1" fare and from 21 hrs a "2" fare, which is more expensive.


Also, we realized that people are not very good at indications or telling you procedures. Always check with some other sources. Eg: they told us that there were no buses to go to the Sugar Loaf, but we looked at the map and realized it was in Urca, so we took a bus to Urca.

For some strange reason, some cars don`t use their lights on at night (even the police!) so be carefull!

Summary: we loved Rio. We really relaxed. I would love to go again. We walked a lot, ate helthier, dranked a lot of water and rested. The result: we look happier, younger and even lost some body fat!

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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
168 helpful votes
“So, so”
Reviewed 21 December 2010

With my wife we visited Rio de janeiro from November 22 to November 27, 2010
Airport (GIG):
As always the first impression we get is from the airport, and that was not good. We had to wait 40 mn for our luggage. the airport is small, dirty, unefficient. When checking in, be there a long time in advance because it is really slow and there are long lines.There are almost no amenities. Hard to find a coffee. We found only 2 small coffee shops with hardly 4 or 5 tables to sit.
There is also a Duty free Shop with totally overinflated prices. When in transit, there is a Locker service where it is possible to leave luggage. We used it on our return from Argentina in December. Paid R$ 27 for 3 lockers.

Taxis: we prepaid a taxi service from the airport GIG to Copacabana. Cost: R$ 90. It took about 45 mn at lunch time. For returning to the airport we took a yellow cab and it cost us R$ 70 only. In Rio we found taxis are abundant and generally good. People are friendly when you try to speak a few words of Portuguese, but don't expect the average taxi driver speaks any English at all. We took 4 to 5 taxis a day, on average during our visit, and we never had any problem. Average charge was 15-20 R$.

City of Rio: it is a true megapolis of 12 million people. On average, everything downtown is further than you think. Generally speaking, we found almost everything to be overpriced in Rio. Good hotels and restaurants are very expensive, but beware that tax and service are included in price. We walked a lot in the city, but never at night. Even locals strongly advise to take a taxi at night, even for short distances. It seems that there is some upper class and middle class in Rio, but they live behind fences and bars. All condos are protected by outdoor bars. Not so nice! What about the atmosphere? We had expected to hear Samba, Bossa Nova, etc...and we had to quickly forget about it. Hard to find, if there is anything left.

Beaches: We went to Rio to see the famous Copacaban and Ipanema beaches. Little did we know. In 2010, it is far from the pictures we had seen in the past. Street vendors are combing the beaches which seem to be occupied exclusively by Gay communities and sex-oriented visitors, up to a point it is filthy.

Attractions: There are some good restaurants in Rio. Real good. I'll post reviews in the adequate section. With regard to museums, we were disappointed. MAM main interest is to see the building from outdoor. Indoor, it is almost empty of art ...and visitors. we spent 15 mn there and it was more than enough. Museum of Bellas Artes offers a good exhibition of Brazilian art. However beware there is no air conditioning and it is extremely hot and humid, to the point it is almost unbearable to stay there more than 30 mn (Although we live in South East USA, and we are used to humidity).
Museu Chacara do Ceu: located in Santa Teresa, it is probably the most interesting of all. There is a nice collection of Brazilian as well as European art.
Jardim Botanico: it is definitely worth a visit if you like tropical vegetation. Count 2 hrs.

Panorama: Pao de Acucar is something grandiose. Fantastic, beyond expectations. Some people will think the cable car is really scary, but hold on firmly and really do it. Cost R$38 pp
Corcovado is also a must do. Take the train up. It takes roughly 25 mn and costs R$44pp. Beware it can be windy and cool on top of the hill.

Overall, we are happy we saw Rio de Janeiro. We never had any problem during our visit, but if we had to answer the question, do you want to go back?, we would answer probably not.

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Scarsdale, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes
“A fun day in Rio: HStern Tour, Lunch, Beach”
Reviewed 25 October 2010

A fun way to spend a day in Rio is to start out by taking a tour of the HStern store/exhibit which is pretty central in Rio. A friend of mine went years ago and recommended it. You can check out some amazing stones from the area in their "museum" and see live demonstrations on how the stones are cut. My daughter still remembers learning what an aquamarine looks like.

After the tour, we went next door to a restaurant that was started by one of the HStern sons; it has a neat architectural inside (you can also sit outside, I believe) and has some really good, healthy food to boot.

We then walked along the nearby beach and checked out all the volleyball players.

A really fun day in all.

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Sydney
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
49 helpful votes
“Great city thanks to a great guide, Martha Vasconellas”
Reviewed 11 October 2010

From Denise & Andrew, Sydney Australia.

Have just left Rio after 6 days. A few thoughts for our fellow travellers which might help:
Rating: Tour guide Martha Vasconcellos, Rocinha favela, Cristo Redentor - outstanding!
The rest of Rio - good to OK, depending on where you are and what is happening. Note that this is a very weather-dependent city. If the sun is shining and the beach is sparkling it is great. However when the wind howls and the temperature drops, it becomes just another big city.

Guide: Rio is a city which cries out for you to get around for a day or two with a guide. After our original guide Manu Peclat let us down the night before, we were blessed to find Martha Vasconcellos. This terrific individual took us on a memorable trip through the Rocinha favela as well as Centro and the city. Martha knows the people in the favela as friends and this means that she understands and more importantly respects, the people and their lives. If you are going to Rio - get in touch with Martha - she'll be a highlight of your trip!

Staying: We stayed in Leblon, which although good it is a bit removed from the buzz of the city. Ipanema would be our choice next time - the beach is busier so you get more of a feel for the beach culture.

Food: this was our major disappointment on two fronts. Firstly, normal day to day fare is incredibly boring. And second, we couldn't find any seafood places to eat (except for the upmarket places on Rua de Ferriera)! Amazing for a seaside city.
Day to day fare - pizza & hamburgers seem to be the staples. And there is cheese on absolutely everything! For a pizza in a local pizza place expect to pay $12-$18USD for a large pizza.
On the next level up you'll find the per-kilo places. These charge either a flat rate for all you can eat or per-kilo, at your option. We ate at Frontera in Leblon a couple of times and the food was pretty good - pizza, steaks, chicken stroganoff, rice dishes. A pretty good variety. Frontera charges $40Reais for all-you-can eat or $48Reis/kg - about $28 - $33USD.
Above these are the upmarket eateries of Rua de Ferriera in Leblon. We didn't get into any of them but walking around we saw menus typically charging $50-60Reis/main course (abt $35-$42USD).
Wine is plentiful and well priced - good Argentinian wines are widely available at supermarkets for around $15-$20USD/bottle.
Sightseeing - As noted above, a favela tour with Martha or another good guide will be the highlight of your trip. Make sure you go to Cristo Redentor on a clear day - he's often covered in cloud and if that is the case, then don't bother - you won't see a thing.
Do a walking tour around Centro - the old city. Lots of outstanding architecture and great laneways to explore. But again, take a guide - very hard to negotiate without one.
Finally, safety - we walked all around Leblon with no problems whatsoever. Ipanema - we stayed to the main beach area, but again, no issues. The only time we felt a bit edgy was when we ventured about 3 streets back from the main strip in Copacabana - and we didn't stay there very long! But overall, no concerns with safety at all, as long as you keep your wits about you.
OK, that might do - enoy Rio as we did, but just bear in mind that it is a VERY expensive city by any standard.

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