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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.

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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.
Rio de Janeiro considers itself the art and cultural center of the continent . Away from the beaches and intense night life you will find much art by contemporary artists in galleries and museums, excellent shopping particularly for jewelry, plentiful hotels in all price ranges and a huge variety of restaurants. Hotel tours will take you to the breathtaking views at the top of the 396 meter Pão de Acúcar, or Sugarloaf, as well as the Tijuca rainforest (only 15 minutes away), yet adventurous visitors can find plentiful urban cultural adventures in this special city with 7 million native hosts.
Wander, wonder, feel the rhythms of joy which must be renewed with the gods once a year. The River of January City lives for its February eruption of exultation in the present known as Carnaval.

 
Best City Guides

Time Out Rio de Janeiro (Time Out Guides)

Check for Brazil travel updates here or the city of Rio itself

 

 

Rio by world66.com & Rio by wikitravel.org
Often updated by users and the same owner since '06  World66 has  more personal experiences and reviews while wikitravel is more collaborative from traveler viewpoint. Creative Commons means content is free to use but is not exactly the same as the original "neutral" Rio by en.wikipedia.org 

Rio-PhotoGuide maintained by Carnaval.com. We're always adding and only the other great visual spectacle city of San Francisco has more images. Planning trips further afield use Roughguides Guide to Rio & Brazil in association with TravelNow & us

Rio de Janeiro by Frommers Especially good for Rio. published updated regularly. Rio de Janeiro by Fodor's mini-guide for Rio

Ipanema.com   || PORTUGUÊS || DEUTSCHE || Index plus RioGayGuide.com/
Large, insightful, award-winning, well promoted and often updated site for all of Rio.
Google overall winner by a mile. Be sure to ask for a room with a view if you book with them.

RioForPartiers.com 
Launched in 2004 Rio for Partiers dot com is part of a hard copy travel guide of Rio written for the younger tourist but anyone can discover a wealth of great insight and fun info.

Brazilmax.com || search "Rio" at brazilmax  || Review Guidebooks
featuring a constant stream of new "immersion travel and geotourism" articles edited by veteran journalist and Rio based Bill Hinchberger. Fast expanding to become leading Brazil travel site including City mini-guides


Rio De Janeiro by worldchoice hotels our long-time main partner keeps looking more like their parent travelocity. We can sometimes find best air fare and since 2007 they've had best airport car rental engine.  Good family section. Good list of popular day & overnight bus trips
 

OFFICIAL:
Welcome to Rio by Rio.rj.gov.br/Riotur
Riotur
, (55 21) 541-7522 the most helpful official agency for obtaining visitor information in English (multilingual) call the main number  (open MtoF 9to6) , and in Copacabana at Av. Princesa Isabel 18 (Mon­Sat 9am­6pm). Also get their help at the Rodoviária, the international airport and the Sugar Loaf.: TURISMO,  For the state of Rio at Rua da Assembl ia 10 7th flr   EMBRATUR,  at Rua Mariz e Barros 13, in Praça da Bandeira

logo.gif (2010 bytes)RioConventionBureau.com.br  || [email protected]  Foreign Consulates
RCVB Launched now features flash and lots more visitor info as well as excellent directory 

The Rest

Gringoes.com On the Go In the Know in São Paulo uol.com.br
Launched in 2001 and holding up fairly well  with many sections which for Rio as well including business & links worth bookmarking.

Rio by LonelyPlanet
Slim pickings but growing to keep up with Frommers & Roughguide

Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide bootsnall.com covers the planet.
Check for new articles submitted by savvy intrepid and witty travelers.


Rio_de_janeiro by worldexecutive.com
Essential travel info Buenos Aires - Santiago - Miami - Sao Paulo
Huge site with with local orientation 
Travel advisory for Rio as well as Pantagoia and Buenes Aries

Lots of Links
www.RiodeJaneiro.com

News

Brazil & Carnaval News A nice selection of various RSS feeds and top stories with an emphasis on Carnaval

"Rio de Janeiro" NEWS by google

riodaily.com/  The news is in English published elsewhere about Rio and Brazil from many sources

O Globo Jornal do Commércio (Porto Alegre & Rio de Janeiro)
JB Online Jornal do Brasil Tribuna da Imprensa
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Getting There TOP
AIRPORTS: There are two for Rio de Janeiro
SDU
RJ (Aeroporto Santos Dumont), is mostly shuttle flights to Sao Paulo from the ciy centre and GIG, RJ (Aeroporto Internacional Galeao), 14 Km from downtown, where you can go to anywhere in Latin America....When looking for help, know the difference between the official tourist information center run by RioTur or Embratur and the others who pretend to be official. You can ask to see a list if you're not pleased with the suggested hotel or taxi.

GIG Airport by carnaval.com in our aforum
||by Explore-rio.com
Rio de Janeiro Transportation by world executive

 

Where  to Stay
For Reservations by Phone/Fax: Rio's Area Code 55-21
For Calls from Inside Brazil: Rio's Area Code 021
Getting the room with an ocean view at a reasonable price can be tough as is avoiding the many rooms on lightwells. There's a huge and growing number of apartment rental firms who will show you fotos of your view as well as your kitchen. The average one bedroom price is only US$65 too. Its a little trickier dealing with unknown small timers in the big city though. We send friends to the well-located family firm at Copacabana Holidays whose honesty and reliability lets us better enjoy our time in town. 
RIO HOTELS   Sorted Alphabetically, by Price, and by Area. Discount Reservations, Real-Time Pricing, Instant Confirmation
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Over 140 Rio hotels

Fast sort by: 1] stars, 2]price, 3]reviews 4] locations 5] booking agency 6]alpha 7]popularity
Also in 9 languages & 14 $ currencies. Best is the fresh unedited reviews and a true calculation of cost with pre-pay, add-ons & taxes clearly indicated. Finally you will find the most options for other cities in Brazil here as well. 

Plan a day trip to Angra Dos Reis || Buzios || Cabo Frio|| Paraty ||Novo Hamburgo || Petropolis ||Teresopolis

HostelBookers  we liked these the depth, usability and value of these guys so much we made them handy to find in the menu bar on top.
  
Hostel World in association Carnaval.com
Great resource for the independent budget traveler with excellent descriptions of what to expect. Growing number of hotels and hostels with private rooms. Nearly 30 budget options in Rio plus great ideas for where to stay in 28 other Brazil Cities.

Venere Hotels This Italy based outfit has the most consumer friendly method of collecting without any surprise gouges as well. It's Rio / Brazil selection is thin but a good name to remember

Hotels Brazil   Find nearly 60 Rio options beginning at US $50 per night and then the most (49) and still growing number of Brazil Places to Stay. They are a net rate  reseller who collects the room rate and thus changes must also go through them. Also they have a bad habit of telling you the hotel you want is not available despite what booking engine told you.
 

Choose the city in the State of Rio where you want to go
The List: Rio Hotels & Flats
A list of 200 options plus Where to Stay in Rio: by ipanema.com
Ipanema.com now includes travel reservations among its services

HOTEL RESERVATION SERVICE
ipanema.com/reserve
by ipanema.com and All About Hotels 
ON A BUDGET
Budget Hotels Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana by Impanema.com.
Hostels.com's Brazil list
No links or mail-to's but there are fax #'s & many options in the entire country.

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Where to Eat
 
Restaurants by frommers.com
Find excellent info and review on 42 worthwhile dining options. Find to your right  a sample snippet
Café Glória Flamengo/Catete/Gloria Metrô: Glória
"its small tables and candlelight perfect for a romantic evening--or a table on the large deck overlooking the park. The cuisine here is modern Brazilian--fresh ingredients in interesting combinations. Definitely worth trying are the penne with fresh salmon and pepper, or the fusilli with a tomato basil sauce served with chicken breast in rosemary butter"

Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from FodorsRestaurants by Fodors for yahoo.com
Brazilian ||Cafes ||Eclectic ||French ||Italian ||Mexican ||Portuguese ||Seafood ||Vegetarian ||There's some insightful words on 24 dining options 
 [F] RIO Restaurants find hundreds of options sorted by cuisine
 [F] Places to EAT 
Lighter fare, pizza & fast food
 [F] Choppe Houses & Bars in Rio
Often serve food
Eating Out and Nightlife by bootsnall.com
Hotspots in a party town and your own Caipirinha Recipe.

Expats.com.br
Find dozens of listings in 20 cuisines with a few reviews


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Getting Around There
The 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. "

Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from FodorsArriving & Departing by Fodors for yahoo.com
 
By Air || By Bus || By Car || By Train  Intercity trains leave from the central station that appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie by the same name, Estação Dom Pedro II Central do Brasil (Praça Cristiano Otoni on Avenida President Vargas, Centro, 021/233-8818).

GETTING AROUND by carnaval.com
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METRO >BUS >TAXI>LIMO>CAR>BICYCLE
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Getting Around by lonely planet for travel.yahoo
"Rio's excellent subway system is limited to points north of Botafogo. The two air-conditioned lines are cleaner, faster and cheaper than buses. The main line from Botafogo to Saens Pena has 15 stops. To get to the train station, Estação Dom Pedro II, take the metrô to Central station."
Rio's subway is expanding

Novorio.com.br use our handy translator pop-up top left
the city's central bus depot, it offers information on destinations, prices, and schedules for all the bus lines that serve Rio.

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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. 

Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from FodorsNightlife & Arts by Fodors for yahoo.com
"For current listings, pick up the bilingual Rio Guia, published by Riotur, the city's tourist board; Este Mês no Rio/This Month in Rio is also a good source of information.

Nightlife ||Bars & Pubs | Lapa | The Club & Music Scene | more...

Night Life an insider's guide from riohiking.com
Don't do the fake samba show filled with other tour bus riders who don't know any better

EVENTS in aforum 
Expanded listings from sites with  calendars 
 [F]   Sex in Rio de Janeiro
Nightlife in Rio by explore-rio.com/
Devotees of the 'Girl From Ipanema' song will want to visit Garota de Ipanema, Rua Viniaus de Morais 49, Ipanema ...Jazz fans should dress stylishly in order to gain entry to any of Rio's numerous jazz clubs.

Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro  by ipanema.com
Upcoming and Ongoing by bootsnall.com
"As with everything else in Rio, it's usually best to allow yourself a little spontaneity. "

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"Botequim do Martinho—The best place for samba. It's a typical suburban Carioca bar, located in the Iguatemi Shopping Mall. The place is owned by legendary samba composer Martinho da Vila"
"as far as listening and dancing to good authentic brazilian music, most people miss the best. -
riohiking.com
"An unusual place, with cool people! Loud music! Enjoy techno, dance and rock at Bunker's 03 dance floors. The crowd is exotic 
"One of the hottests spots in Rio's nightlife, Méli Mélo offers a dance floor and three ambiances with different food options:
Lists of Links
Yahoo's:Brazil:Rio 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.

South America  >   Brazil >   Rio de Janeiro  by planetrider.com 
Well reviewed links for visitors.

New Web guide for tourists with ambition to the 27 states

Rio de Janeiro by Sergio Koreisha || Brazilian Culture
The venerable  darkwing of oregon.edu's has the web's most linked set.

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Safety & Travel Tips
For 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 beach. 
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.

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Travel Tales
 [F] Traveler Tips, Trips & Tales 
 [F] Archives  
 [F] Shoe string Delights in Rio by Marcus

View all 36 reviews on Rio de Janeiro at Eopinions 
‘Copa, Copacabana’
 "I visited Rio de Janeiro in February 2001, just in time for the Rio Carnival.I traveled alone from London...
We stayed in a small basic hotel (twin rooms, a/c and breakfast) and paid just $12 a night per room."

Robert Patterson, a gringo sambista reports on his search for the Carnaval rhythms during Rio Carnaval 2004

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 " I 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 was tingling... 
Living in Expatria at
spaceanddeath.com/brazil/  
from the  

Maps
  Find any street or route!
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ast 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 of Rio de Janeiro

Rio City visitor Picture Map  2at carnaval.com
 Ipanema to Niteroi
State of Rio de Janeiro Links to Multi-map
Nice zoom just major roads for 200 Cities & districts inc. Angra dos Reis || Petrópoli || Niteroi
Rio's beaches
Ipanema/Leblon & Copacabana/Leme beaches.
Guanabara Bay

Rio de Janeiro Street Maps  
Click to Major streets for 15 sectors of the City
 

  • Brazil next to its neighboring countries (wider than 1 page).

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Tour Guides in Rio
From rock climbing to 5-day whitewater discover the greener side of Rio which makes it so stunning 
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TOURS in Rio || Recommended Tours
How to spend two months and still not see and do everything you want to. 
 [F] 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
RioHiking.com.br
Denise Werneck, a  Carioca, runs these hiking tours Tijuca Forest, Corcovado, Sugarloaf, and Pedra da Gavea. 
 www.tour-rio.com 
10 suggested tours by a tour guide

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Weather
 
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/

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Beaches
Find 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.
 [F] 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." 

Arial Coastal Map of Beaches by Rio Surf Page

  by riohiking.com.br
the whole shore string from Flamengo to Barra da Tijuca show varying degrees of pollution .. Only Prainha and Grumari, the preserved non-built beaches south of Recreio are always listed as really unspoiled.

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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 ||
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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.

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FAST FACTS
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).

Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from Fodors Contacts & Resources by Fodors for yahoo.com
Business Hours || Customs & Duties || Electricity || Embassies & Consulates || Emergencies || Etiquette & Behavior || Gay & Lesbian Information || Health || Language || Mail || Money || Passports & Visas || Safety || Taxes || Telephones || Visitor Information || When to Go

Hotel taxes are roughly 8%; meal taxes, 15.25%; car rental taxes, 12.5%. Taxes on international flights from Brazil aren't always included in your ticket and can run as high as $40; domestic flights may incur $10 in additional charges. Although U.S. dollars are accepted in some airports, be prepared to pay departure taxes in reais. 
Tipping Hotel taxes are roughly 8%; meal taxes, 15.25%; car rental taxes, 12.5%. Taxes on international flights from Brazil aren't always included in your ticket and can run as high as $40; domestic flights may incur $10 in additional charges. Although U.S. dollars are accepted in some airports, be prepared to pay departure taxes in reais.

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Costa Verde (South or below of Rio)
"Cove 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.
Parati
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.

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Costa do Sol (North or above Rio)
Buziosonline.com.br || Português
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
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Shopping
From The best jewelry in Brazil 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

Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from Fodors Shopping by Fodors for yahoo.com

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.

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Sights & Attractions

The remarkable Tijuca Rain Forest is just a short drive away.
For Rio's most spectacular views, don't miss Sugarloaf (Pao de Acucar)
Neighborhoods ||Attractions || Angra Dos Reis ||Christo  || Petrópolis || Sugar Loaf || Niterói ||Parati ||Islands||KIDS List ||Churches  ||Parks|| Palaces & ||Monuments

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.
Attractions by lonely planet for travel.yahoo
Rio de Janeiro - Shopping Centers/Malls Guide from FodorsSights by Fodors for yahoo.com ||Gardens/Arboretums || Markets/Bazaars || Museums/Galleries || Neighborhoods/Streets || Religious Sites || Squares || Viewpoints
"Centro is a sprawling collection of several districts that contain the city's oldest neighborhoods, churches, and most enchanting cafes. Except for some museums, churches, and historical sights, most of the tourism activity is in the beach- and hotel-laden Zona Sul "

Rio Neighborhhoods by frommers
"Rio is normally divided into three zones: North (Zona Norte), Center (Centro), and South (Zona Sul). Largest and least-interesting from a visitor's perspective, the Zona Norte stretches from a few blocks north of Avenida Presidente Vargas all the way to the city limits. With only a few bright exceptions--the Maracanã stadium, the Quinte de Boa Vista gardens, and Galeão (Tom Jobim) airport--the region is a dull swath of port, industrial suburb, and favela. After dark, it is definitely not the sort of place one should wander unaccompanied."

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Museums

Museu de Arte Moderna mamrio.com.br 
contemporary art, film archives and library. In Portuguese and English.
Contemporary Art Museum
The best reason to venture to Niteroi  on the other side of the bay 
 [F] Museums in Rio
This is a big page so best results achieved by going direct to page above rather than using the below jump-tos
.

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Contemporary Art MAM || Niterói Contemporary Art Museum Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf || Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil,
+ Fine Art Fundação Eva Klabin Rappaport,
+  History National History Museum || Folklore Museum ||Museu da Imperial Irmandade de Nossa Senhora da Glória,|| Carmen Miranda Museum ||Indian Museum
+ Local History and Culture City Historical Museum|| Museu da República || Museu Aerospacial ||  Museu do Primeiro Reinado || Sambódromo (Museu do Carnaval) || Castro Maya Museum & Museu do Açude || Museu do Trem || Museu Casa de Benjamin Constant,
+ Other Templo da Humanidade ||  Museu da Imagem e do Som || Real Gabinete Português de Leitura || Museu Amsterdam Sauer,
+ Photographic Centro Cultural da Light,
+ Science and Technology National Museum || Espaço Cultural da Marinha, || Museu de Ciências da Terra || Botanic Garden
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Kids & Families
KIDS List
  • Rio Water Planet at the foot of the Pedra Branca hill in the West Zone. Surrounded by forest enjoy its artificial beaches, rapids, canyons and toboggan runs  Hours change seasonally,  Estrada dos Bandeirantes 24000 (Vargem Grande). Phone 428-9000
  • Wet n' Wild Avenida das Américas, 22000 - Recreio - Tel.: 428-9300 Open daily, from 10 am to 06 pm
  •  Fazenda Alegria (Happy Farm Zoo),
  •  Jardim Zoológico zoo the country's oldest zoo & home to more than 2,100 animals . In Parque Quinta da Boa Vista (Sao Cristovao). Phone 2569-2024.

TOURS & Sports in Rio

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Sports
 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

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Sports Links Page translated by worldlingo slower but will translate english + 8 others

Day Trips
 [F] Shoe String Delights to Discover in Rio by Marcus 

Petrópolis  by brazzil.com inc TERESÓPOLIS, NOVA FRIBURGO  & THE ITATIAIA REGION
Escape to the cool mountain climate only 60km from Rio. Built by German immigrants with a European flavor, they set aside June to celebrate Festa do Colono Alemão (Festival of German Oompah) Most tourists do Museu Imperial. Frequent bus trips take 1.5 hours
A great hike the State of Rio's highest spot an hour's drive from the City at Parque Nacional Serra dos Orgaos
A trip to three towns all within a couple hours drive
Niterói A Vista
The other big City in the state of Rio, just the other side of the dramatic bridge across the Bay of  Guanabara

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Photos
 [F] Rio Sightseeing Photos   [F] Archives  [F] Web Cams
 [F] Celebrities

 [F] 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
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Music  

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. 

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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 
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Every carioca likes to keep his fame as a trickster, the person who always wins, of course, with little effort. The other ones are the dupes. They don't have the carioca's shrewdness.
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Holidays & Festivals
Google 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. 
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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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