| Rio de Janeiro,
the marvelous city, dramatically set between rainforest clad cliffs and the sea is always
awash with joyful existence. Locals love Rio calling it "cidade maravilhosa" and
referring to themselves as Cariocas for being part of what is undoubtedly the world's most
beautiful city setting. One of the world's densest cities, it never sleeps and it is easy
to get around day or night. Cariocas are friendly folks who always have time for the
sensual pleasures of good living and the rhythm of samba.
Two of the world's most famous beaches,
Ipanema and Copacabana, anchor Rio's 45 miles of white sand beaches. All visitors from the
international jet set to the budget traveler eventually must experience the urban beach
and cafe culture of Rio which sets the soulful pace for Rio's many vigorous personalities
and their lusty love of life. Expect the unexpected in this nearly five hundred year old
City (founded 1502) but be spontaneous if you wish to experience the festival of song,
color and joy around you. Primeval splendor encourages a youthful approach to city living
where colors are richer, people are beautiful and tomorrow's just another day.
|Best City Guides|
world66.com & Rio by
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Ipanema.com || PORTUGUÊS || DEUTSCHE || Index
search "Rio" at brazilmax
Gringoes.com On the
Go In the Know in São Paulo uol.com.br
Rio by LonelyPlanet
de Janeiro Travel Guide bootsnall.com covers the planet.
riodaily.com/ The news is in English published elsewhere about Rio and Brazil from many sources
|Where to Eat|
Restaurants by Fodors for yahoo.com
|Getting Around There|
BUSES are plentiful but you'll need reliable local advice on which to take to
your destination. Exact change is not required. Board the bus at the back where you pay
the fare collector...There are two SUBWAY lines which are quite good but are outside the
hotel/beach area.... RENTING-A-CAR is possible but remember Brazilians compete with the
same aggressive maneuvering you find in Italy and New York City.
TIP: Be sure to get a card with your hotel address and phone before venturing out into unfamiliar territory and don't be shy about getting transit advise from your innkeeper.
If your itinerary is near a subway/metro stop consider "buy integrated bus/metrô tickets, useful to make the link between the metrô station at Botafogo and Ipanema or Leblon... the #M21 going via the Jóquei Clube, the #M22 via Copacabana. "
Arriving & Departing by Fodors for yahoo.com
our handy translator pop-up top left
|Nightlife & Events|
|The proverbial tourist guide book advice
is worth repeating, besides
the readily available tourist brochures, you should consult Friday's Caderno B, a separate section
of the Jornal do Brasil for entertainment listings or the Friday Globo in
the Rio Show section.
Nightlife & Arts by Fodors for yahoo.com
Life an insider's guide from riohiking.com
EVENTS in aforum
|Lists of Links|
de Janeiro since '97 has not got beyond the initial 350 links.
This seems about right since only impanena.com has grown since we started
following the web for Rio
Terra-Lycos is a yahoo like portal while Cadê is now the Brazil links directory of another major Latin portal Star media. Aonde is the 4th major option for links in Portuguese.
|Safety & Travel Tips|
Police dial 1-9-0; Fire, accident or ambulance, 193 ...For time dial 130;
for temperature and weather 132....(Portuguese only of course)..... The
Rio Health Collective offers a 24-hour physician's referral service (in English) at
325-9300, ext. 44. The U.S. Consulate is 292-7117....Most important is your
attitude....Do not brush your teeth with tap water....Think light when you go to the
Rio for Business visitors
by Patrick McCurry. Some pithy quick advice.
Taxi drivers do not expect substantial tips, whilst hotel staff are likely to expect at least one BRC"
by expats.com.br. More for the visitor who becomes a resident, but insightful and important.
Traveler Tips, Trips & Tales
Shoe string Delights in Rio by Marcus
all 36 reviews on Rio de Janeiro at Eopinions
Robert Patterson, a gringo sambista reports on his search for the Carnaval rhythms during Rio Carnaval 2004
extricated myself only to land in the middle of the pushing crowd again.
At this point, I decided I'd had a good New Year's and the Spidey Sense
any street or
Fast and easy for: Rio de Janeiro, Greater São Paulo Metropolitan region (ABCDO), Curitiba,Belo Horizonte, Campinas, São Luís, Belém, Campina Grande, João Pessoa, Natal,Recife and Niterói.
Visualize the marvelous including Barra to end of the Subway
Picture Map 2at carnaval.com
de Janeiro Street Maps
|Tour Guides in Rio|
|From rock climbing to 5-day whitewater discover the greener side of Rio which makes it so stunning
TOURS in Rio || Recommended Tours
How to spend two months and still not see and do everything you want to.
RIO Travel Agencies
Web guide to the many large multi lingual operators in the big city who all will gladly help you with your selection
Denise Werneck, a Carioca, runs these hiking tours Tijuca Forest, Corcovado, Sugarloaf, and Pedra da Gavea.
10 suggested tours by a tour guide
Expect Tropical Weather and summer is Dec-Mar: Jan, 69-84°F (21-29°C); Feb-March, 72-85°F (22-29°C); April, 69-80°F (21-27°C); May- Oct, 63-77°F (17-25°C); Nov, 68-79°F (20-26°C); Dec, 71-82°F (22-28°C).
When to Go by lonely planet for travel.yahoo
"Rio has a classical tropical climate, so expect some rain. Summer (December to March) is hot with top temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 40°C (104°F).... more showers in summer than at other times, but they rarely last long. Winter ...has plenty of good beach days"
Rio by myforecast.com/
the never ending symphony of
movement along Avenida Atlantica. Many Cariocas bring
just a small pouch or bag to the beach - no shirt, no shoes, nothing else. No matter how
small your bikini, it will always be bigger than what the Brazilians are wearing.
Beaches || South Zone || Guanabara Bay || Barra
Get to know the difference between Flamengo, Botafogo, Praia, Vermelha, Copacabana , Ipanema, Leblon, Sao Conrado, Barra de Tijuca, Prainha and Praia de Grumari Beaches
"Since the 1960s, Ipanema has developed a reputation as a fashion centre second to none in Latin America."
|State of Rio de Janeiro|
|| Rio de Janeiro_by mre.ogov.br || Río de Janeiro en Español || Rio de Janeiro em Português
A tourist web initiative by the government. If only someone would step up on strict enforcement on American visas more
TurisRio || ||
Cia. de Turismo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Rua da Assembléia, 10, 7º e 8º andares20119-900 - Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
Telefones: (021) 531-1922 Fax: (021) 531-1989
The beaches stretch from the Costa do Sol, north of Rio, to the Costa Verde, south of the capital. Inland, amid the exuberance of the forests is the mountain region with towns such as Teresópolis, Nova Friburgo and Petrópolis, one of Brazil's most important historical towns where the Brazilian Imperial family came to take their ease during the nineteenth century. Also inland is the Itatiaia region where the country's first national park was created in 1937 and the location of the highest point of the state, Pico das Agulhas Negras, rising 2,787 metres high.
Mayor/City-State what's new with who's who
City Statistics: Location: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Country dialing code: 55.
Telephone Changes As of June 30th 2001 all Rio de Janeiro telephone numbers beginning with a 2,4,5,6 or 7 required an additional "2" at the beginning.
Population: 5,851,914 (city); 14,367,083 (metropolitan area).
Ethnic mix: 70% white, 20% black, 10% other.
Religion: 75% Catholic, 25% other.
Time zone: GMT - 3 (GMT - 4 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 110 volts or 220 volts; two round-pin plugs are standard.
Average January temp: 30°C (86°F).
Average July temp: 25°C (77°F).
Annual rainfall: 1086mm (42.4 inches).
Contacts & Resources by Fodors for yahoo.com
|Costa Verde (South or below of Rio)|
of Kings" or Angra dos Reis Where to go if you want
to get away from it all. Angra dos Rio the largest boat harbor in South
America features thousands of beaches on hundred of islands and is a popular diving center
as well. Offshore, Ilha Grande beckons with 102 beaches, no cars, one
phone, and little electricity. Nearby is Paraty, Angra's cultural soul.
The beautifully maintained colonial City of Parati is located 125 miles south of Rio (4 hours drive on BR 101) Most popular tourist spot on the magnificant stretch of coastline between Rio and São Paulo.
Costa Verde 's hundred islands are celebrated as remarkably intimate spots to visit nature.
|Costa do Sol (North or above Rio)|
The popular, famous resort community of 17 beaches set on a peninsula about 2.25 hours drive (3 hours by bus) north from Rio. Rich, romantic, relaxing are often used to describe. Búzios contains
3 commercial centres; Manguinos at the isthmus is the main one, Armação where many of Búzio's best restaurants are concentrated is midway along the peninsula. At the tip is Ossos, with a pretty harbour. There are also two nearby beach towns, Cabo Frio and Arraia do Cabo.
the trendy Avenida Visconde de Piraja of Impenema to the
Hippie Fair you can find
everything in Rio somewhere. The jewel capital of the
world and a leader in the fashion world also offers convenient shopping in giant malls
like RioSul, Barra Shopping, Fashion Mall and Gavea Shopping
Hippie Fair the place to go gift shopping before heading back home. Bargaining is the norm, as at all of Rio's outdoor markets Sunday 8 am to sunset. Praca General Osorio (Ipanema)—an easy walk from Ipanema hotels and about 10 minutes by taxi (R$5) from Copacabana.
|Sights & Attractions|
The remarkable Tijuca Rain Forest is just
a short drive away.
Discover this blossoming part of old Rio
with attractions like Museu do Bonde (Tram Museum) Parque das Ruínas
(Ruins Park) , the Craft Shop and the newest spot to see and be seen Baixo
Santa. This hilltop colonial neighborhood also contains many bars, art
studios, crumbling mansions and small delights. Take the old yellow streetcar (bondinho) from
Centro to the Largo dos Guimaraes stop.
Rio Neighborhhoods by frommers
de Arte Moderna mamrio.com.br
|Kids & Families|
TOURS & Sports in Rio
our compiled guide
Bike || Boating, Fishing & Sailing || Bowling || Bus Tours || Climbing || Cultural Tours || Equestrian || FAVELA TOURS || Fishing & Hunting || Fitness Gyms || GOLF || Hang Gliding || Hiking || JEEP || Scuba || Soccer || Surf || Tennis || Walking || Windsurf
including useful phone & address
Guide to Golf in Rio by gringoes.com
Shoe String Delights to Discover in Rio by Marcus
Petrópolis by brazzil.com
inc TERESÓPOLIS, NOVA
FRIBURGO & THE ITATIAIA REGION
Rio Sightseeing Photos
Brazil Sightseeing Photos
Photos at copacabana.com
Keeps growing then there's the old pics
Pictures of Rio since '95
50 hot shots of highlights, brightspots, scenic wonders inc/ Carnaval.
Favorite memories of Rio by Maria-Brazil.org
Live Music in Rio: Besides imported rock, rap & pop there are 6 types of music to discover. The first type is SAMBA – sometimes called "samba de raiz" (root samba) or "roda de samba"(samba round) – that has a slightly slower beat than the second faster rhythm of Carnival samba which you can easily find on the streets during the Carnival months of January and February. Root samba features guitars, a lot of percussion and a tambourine. The third is CHORINHO – old time samba, with a faster beat, less percussion and more strings, featuring a small guitar named "cavaquinho". It is instrumental music to listen to, with wonderful string solos, and generally no dancing. The fourth is FORRÓ – music from the northeast featuring a bass drum called "zabumba", triangle and accordion, famous for the very tight couples dances associated with it. The fifth is GAFIEIRA – at the remaining 2 ballroom dancing halls located downtown couples of all ages have a lot of fun dancing to live music, mostly samba with a little touch of fox or bolero. There is still MPB - Brazilian Popular Music – which could be described as modern, sophisticated samba with influences from other rhythms and above all, very good taste and high musical quality generally performed in theaters or nightclubs where it may be difficult to dance. There is also a lot of foreign music played in discos and and at rock concerts but this you can find anywhere now.
|Food & Drink|
Brazilian Food & Drink Links
Our link guide featuring an overview & links to hundreds of recipes
Brazil by global gourmet
Best for covering from all the angles
Caipirinha by sambistas on our aforum.com
The drink which means Brazil
|Arts & Culture|
In 2001 the Dean of Brazilian English Travel writers, Rio based Bill
Hinchenburger launched BrazilMax.com
Also the top publisher in this field Brazzil.com
began a monthly e-mail newsletter. From Toronto check for the latest
edition of the elegant culture and business magazine brazilianist.com
Brazil Culture & Arts for what's new
featured writers, stories & expanded listings
Sheila Thomson takes her task of spreading Brazilian culture on the web seriously as her will attest to.
People from Rio proudly call themselves Cariocas. Here's an insightful description to what it means by fellow Carioca Doris Kosminsky from "a special space reserved for artistic emotion,"
|Gay & Lesbian|
Gay Guide by Impanema.come || Baths
& Theatres || Home || Deutsch || Português
Award winning site keeps getting better Accommodations by Gaymart.com
"The Largest Gay & Lesbian Online Travel Agency"
For women who love women, mailing list, message board and more.
Fast growing with listings in many categories
|Holidays & Festivals|
Search on New Year's Eve in Rio
Rio's Celebration is second to none and is the other period you need to reserve your hotel room well in advance The awesome beach fireworks explode from nine different locations at midnight. This is also Rio's
Feast of Iemenjá Starting at 7 PM on New Year's Eve, thousands of white-clad followers of the African Brazilian cults of macumba and umbanda congregate on the beaches of Copacabana and Leme and build sand altars.
Google Search on Event Directories in Rio in Portuguese
EVENTS in aforum
Festas by noitescariocas.com.br
Events by lonely planet for travel.yahoo
The Festas Juninas in June is one of the most important folkloric festivals in Brazil. Festa de NS da Glória do Outeiro on August 15. Every Sunday in October, the lively Festa da Penha is one of the largest religious and popular festivals in the city.
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