Rio De Janeiro – Travel Guide and Information

Rio De Janeiro – Travel Guide and Information 

Note: Vábenie Ria can at you when you leave a serious case of saudade (indescribable melancholy). Marvelous City (Cidade Maravilhosa) established between luxuriantly overgrown mountains and breathtaking beaches berúcimi with a special charm, consisting of energetic residents Cariocas.

International tourism is oriented towards upmarket site Ria – possibility to be decadent is incredibly much. The city has much to offer and from the other side: there are cheap hotels and restaurants. Zone of unlimited fun is the beach itself.




Public transport

Public transport system in the city is inexpensive and highly efficient: most locations can be reached by metro, bus, taxi or a combination of vehicles. Fueled bus routes across the state are very good if you want to rent a car, drive around town unless you have nerves of steel.
Safest and most comfortable way to travel is the subway, in place since 1979. The two lines running from Monday to Saturday (from 5:00 pm. To 00: 00 hrs.), Sundays and holidays from 7:00 am. 23:00. Linha 1 runs between Copacobana north through Centro, then continue to the station Saens Pena Station, then continue toward the crowd Copacabana; Linha 2 comes out of Maria da Graça from the north of the city, to the station Dom Pedro II. Stations and trains are clean, safe and air conditioned.

Tickets can be bought individually 2.25 BRL or double (4.50 BRL), or can be purchased the tickets valid for ten rides (22, 50 BRL). Tickets for ten rides will save time. (But not money) also can not be used for more people. Turnstiles allow re-use up to eight-minute intervals. One can also buy a combined ticket for metro and bus (integrado, 2.20, or 2.60 BRL). Very good air-conditioned buses are Itegração Express, linking major transport terminals with underground stations.
Some recommend avoiding the use of bus lanes because they are poorly managed and with a large number of thefts. The bus routes is about 300 lines and six thousand buses do not have to wait more than a few minutes. Buses run until midnight, on the other hand, there is no problem to get lost.

Number of lines and terminals are labeled on the front of the bus, maps of routes can be found at the entrance to the vehicle. The inspector on starting pay (the price is on the table over his head). The buses are during rush hours (7:00 am. – 9:00 pm. And from 17:00 h-19: 00 pm.) Quite crowded, with shorter routes is better to be right at the door. If this fails and the bus stop, just shout and chauffeur waits. The beach and the coast there are bus stops often marked bus stops to flourish. Another option is to look up the nearest group of people burnishing direction of traffic, indicating a bus stop. Basic safety precautions is not to leave wallets or money in the pockets available, it is also better waving around the camera. Better to keep your backpack or bag close together, it helps to have money for a ticket in hand – pick-pockets operate and some emerging. It is good to be careful, especially in busloads of tourists (such as trips to Sugar Loaf), these thieves are considered easy prey.

In Rio shuttle operates two types of taxis are yellow with a blue stripe crossing the street and bigger, newer, air taxis, which are white with a red and yellow stripe. These can be ordered only by phone. Both types of taxis have taximeters, you must turn on their run (also check whether they have been previously zeroed). Flag Bandeira, a meter shows before tax, there is normally 1, but after 22:00. or Sunday pay twenty percent more then a Bandeira number 2. Taxi prices are acceptable, from the Centre for iPanel is a 20-BRL, from Botafogo to around 15 BRL. Taxi drivers to be careful especially when traveling from the airport, it is better to avoid the normal (yellow and blue) taxis. At night, taxi drivers require a fixed price, which is three times higher than normal fee. Call taxis are 30% more expensive than normal, but reliable.

From Praça XV de Novembro swim across Guanabara Bay ferries. Rio associated with the city of Niterói, Paquetá island and a popular tourist destination – the northern part of the Bay of Guanabara. Ferries are extremely cheap and views of the city offering (especially at sunset) are unforgettable. Twenty minute boat trip in Niterói are frequent ticket costs only 2 BRL. Boats leave every fifteen minutes (from 6:00 am. To 22:00 hrs.) Monday to Friday; On Sundays and public holidays are 30 minute intervals (from 6:00 am. – 23:00 pm., Then the hourly intervals. In Niterói operates in twenty minute intervals (from 7:00 am. To 20:30 hrs.) Fast wing boat (rocket). It takes ten minutes and costs around 5 BRL.
Last Tram (Bondes) goes on from Rio Largo Carioca through Aqueduto da Carioca, then the suburbs and then into Dois Irmãos. Two line runs in pätnásťminútových intervals (from 05:00 am. Until midnight).

Trams still serves its original purpose – not just tourist lines. They offer great views, but watch out for pickpockets. Trams are safer with a policeman on board. Station you will find a tremendously ugly building company Petrobras. Tickets cost only 60 centavos to pay at the turnstiles for joining. On Saturday it drives the special tram for tourists – Bond Turístico Especial.

Before you rent a car in Rio, you can count with the fact that right in a chaotic mixture of one-way streets, tunnels, access roads and flyovers. Park here is not easy (in the center almost impossible). The lines have no meaning (except for some color of asphalt), overtaking from the right looks like allowed between 10:00. and 18:00. it is better to ignore the red light (to avoid the armed ambushes). Rent a car in Rio is only recommended when traveling out of town.

Usually not a problem for accommodation in Rio, but the price differences are significant within individual seasons. The main season lasts from December to February, when you come into town without a reservation, it is better to leave your luggage in a locker room for guarda volumes. After a hot city, the better you will move also avoids robbed. During carnavale prices went high up, accommodation is very difficult, and most hotels accept reservations for a minimum of four days. Low season offers are usually reduced in price by 30-50%. When you receive a discount, it may happen that you have to pay cash, cheap hotels do not accept credit cards at all and require payment in advance. For the rest of the year it takes strong competition for guests, and an average room (also with air conditioning) will pay about 120 BRL.

The largest concentration of lower priced rooms can be found in neighborhoods Glória, Catete and Flamengo. The average room can be found in almost all parts of the city. With few exceptions pools are only luxury hotels, which is annoying especially when there are beaches available for either high contamination or high waves.
Good hostels can be found in neighborhoods like Urca, Botafogo, Copacabana or Ipanema. Prices are around 45 BRL, during Carnevale perform tripled. Very good guest house situated in the district of Santa Teresa. More information can be found here.

One of the most exotic tourist spots has (to Brazilian conditions) relatively sizeable middle class. Rio offers a number of restaurants with many cuisines – from traditional Brazilian through France and Japan. Restaurants are generally not cheap, cheaper options are street stalls or small sites. Traditional businesses as restaurants Galeto, dining room where you can eat normally; or Lanchonete – original Brazilian café where we serve meals of meat, beans or rice. Cariocas locals eat late, the restaurant will start to meet around 21:00. Generally, food served until midnight, somewhere after 02:00.

Is an incredibly large number of stalls with hamburgers, ribs will certainly come from the Amazon, where they formed huge ranches. More authentic and cheaper are Galetas or Lanchonete – their large number can be found in the center or on Copacabana (at night are mostly closed).
Favorites are sitting at tea. Traditional venues as hotels from the 19th century, reminiscent of the good old days of the city. Very good ice cream, you get it in the exotic Brazilian flavors such as pitanga or Jabuticaba.

Food is served in the bar and almost all offer pestiscos (lighter meals), or walk normally, alcohol served in almost all restaurants. In Brazil, the majority of beer served in bottles, but in Rio, the beer – Chopp – mostly restaurant taps. It is worth to try the Brazilian national drink cachaça – but beware strong enough. The best bars can be found in the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.
More information about restaurants in Rio here.

The best way to get updates on what is happening in the view Caderno B, a separate section Jornal do Brasil, featuring a program of film shows, concerts and other cultural events. The same information can also be found in the newspapers O Globo and Veja because,
(Based on Sunday). Another option is to embark at the faith of the city’s nightlife.
Samba performances are intended primarily for tourists, members of the samba school’s successful showing off attractive musical and dance performances. Some are worth seeing.

For example, every night on Monday at 22:00 for Beija Flor, admission costs around 90 BRL (including dinner). On Thursday or Friday performances begin at 22:00. Equally attractive are public schools of samba tests (conducted on August-February), you catch them mostly in the district of Zona Norte. Other performances include Seis e Meia samba (starting at 18:30 hrs.), The center of the Teatro João Caetano at Praça Tiradentes, or Paco Imperial Praça XV de Novembro. Samba can also be found at the club. For example, the Clube do Samba, Estrada de Barra 65 regularly performs local stars as Beth Carvalho, Alcione, João or Giza Nogeuiral (entrance fee is around 25 BRL). Performances can also be found in samba clubs in the district of Lapa, where he organized performances for locals.

Traditional Brazilian tančiarne are Gafieira have remained popular to this day, they play this traditional Brazilian music. If you are interested in dance rhythms of northeast Brazil worth visiting clubs forró. This musical style has spread throughout the city, a few traditional forró businesses here, however, remained.
Brazil is one of the largest film markets. The majority of European and American films are screened in Brazil very quickly reflected in front of a large audience, to the big screen, mostly in original version with subtitles. Cinemas are relatively cheap (entrance fee is around 10 -17 BRL) are among the best Odeon Praca Floriana, Machado I & II and São Luiz I & II, the Largo do Machado; Roxy along Avenida N.S. de Copacabana. Club films projected net art-cinema Estação, given that the latest Brazilian and American films. Rio de Janeiro is home to one of the most important international film festivals – Festival do Rio (end septembra- early October).

The city is not a problem to find shops, the problem is to buy something really Brazilian. All over the city you will find shops with merchandise for tourists (most of them offer more or less precious stones, framed piranhas and t-shirts). The best area for shopping is Ipanema, with a large number of boutiques surrounding the street Rua Visconde de Pirajá and smaller adjacent alley. It pays to buy a book or CD – assistants in shops will very gladly advise you. Among the most popular marketplaces include “Hippie Market” on Ipanema, towards mainly to tourists; much better Babilônia Feira Hype in the district of Gávea, or Feira de Antiguidades at Praça Santos (open on Sundays from 9:00 am. to 17:00 hrs.), buy antiques are of varying quality. Traditional products from northeast Brazil, visit the Feira de São Crisavão, in the district of Zona Norte.

Celebrations, events
Street Ria went wild for five days carnavale that begins at midnight on the last Friday before Ash Wednesday. Every year come here en masse wealthy tourists aiming to get drunk, fighting in the sun and catch some tropical diseases. Topless dancers, parades and masks are part of the ritual. A very important folklore festival is the June Festas Junin. In Rio they are celebrated on different squares throughout the month. Music, colorful stalls and street parades fill the city during the Festa de NS da Glória do Outeiro (August 15).
Every Sunday in October include live Festa da Penha, the largest religious festival in the city. New Year ends (what a surprise?) Festivals Festa de Iemanja, when the New Year on the beach celebrating the millions of people, and the sky roztrbliecu tons of fireworks. Calendar of events on the official website.

Have you seen
Bond – the last historical tram circulating through the Arcos do Lapa, Rua Joaquim Murtinho, to Largo do Guimarães. It is safest to go over the weekend, but do not walk; Catedral Metropolitana – a huge cathedral was reopened in 1976, worth mentioning are the beautiful stained glass windows, high up to 60 meters; Cristo Redentor – embracing statue of Christ located at the top of Corcovado. Especially at night, you see the illuminated 38 meters high statue of Christ (belonging to the new seven wonders of the world), from almost all parts of the city (; Igreja de NS de Candelaria – one of the largest and richest churches imperial Brazil. The interior is an attractive combination of Baroque and Renaissance, the most attractive is the dome of the temple, built of limestone imported from Lisbon; LHA Fiscal – lime green, neo-Gothic palace looks like a fairy tale, became famous as the site of the last Ball Brazilian empire; Maracanã – Brazilian temple of football fits in here more than 100,000 people. To Pele’s last game (world championship in 1950) is here accomodate their 200,000th Visiting the local derby between clubs Botafogo, Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense is almost psychedelic experience; Mosteiro de São Bento – beautiful baroque church built between 1617 and 1641. The simple façade with a golden decorated interior. Other treasures include wooden carvings and paintings José Oliveira Rosa; Parque da Botafogo Praia – Brazil’s first park with modern sculptures in the summer in the park amphitheater hosts concerts; Sambódromo – the epicenter of the carnival designed by Oscar Niemeyer, completed in 1984, a small museum, you can try some costumes … best to come through the carnival; Teatro Municipal – built in 1905 in the style of the Paris Opera, in an amazing building houses the local opera;

Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil – one of the best cultural centers of Brazil. In addition to cinemas, theaters and here you will find a very good exhibition; Centro Cultural Telemar – one of the most cultural institutions in Rio aiming at a multimedia installation, contemporary architecture, urbanism and video art; Espaço Cultural da Marinha – the dream of every sailor submarine Riachuelo and small warship Bauru become a floating museum. Countless models of ships, maps and navigational instruments can also be found on the old ship from the 19th century, near the anchor; Amsterdam Sauer Museum – a museum with a beautiful collection of precious stones (about 3000 exhibits) (; Museo de Arte Moderno – amazing post-modern structure built Alfonso Eduard Reid, today is a museum home to more than 11,000 permanent works of Brazilian artists like Bruno Giorgi, Di Cavalcanti and Maria Martins (; Museu do Arte Contemporanea – arc museum building designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, city views are sometimes better than the exhibition itself; Museu do Índio – excellent multimedia exhibition of life of Brazilian Indians (; Museu Histórico da Cidade – in a beautiful house from the 19th century you will find exhibits from the history of the city (from 1565 to the mid-20th century); Museo Historico Nacional – colonial arsenal in 1764, is home to more than 250,000 historical objects from the foundation of Brazil, to the early period of the Republic; Museu Nacional de Belas Artes – 16,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures from the 17th to 20th centuries, the most interesting is the Galeria de Arte Brasileira with the art of the 20th century; Paco Imperial – Palace is now an attractive exhibition space originally served as governor of Brazil;

Centro – busy, commercial district of Rio, known for towering office buildings, baroque churches, large squares and cobbled streets; Escadaria Selarón – constantly expanding installation has become an art when the Chilean writer Jorge Selarón decided to cover the stairs colorful mosaic, today is colored almost 215 steps; Nordestinho Feira – Feira huge Nordestinho certainly miss. The exhibition spread over 32,000 square meters with more than 660 stalls sellers meal beer or cachaça. Bands play forró, samba and Brazilian pop. On Friday, the fair turns into a huge party that lasted continuously until Sunday; Ilha de Paquetá – once popular, now a charming escape from the bustle of the city. Do not drive cars on the island, is remarkable decadent charm of colonial buildings, empty beaches and tourist stalls; Ipanema and Leblon Beaches – any of the beaches you choose, you will certainly cleaner than the neighboring Copacabana. Over the weekend are incredibly crowded.

Ipanema is a word in the indigenous languages “bad, dangerous waves” – on the beach are strong undercurrents and huge waves collapsing on the shore. Be careful and swim only where local; Jardim Botânico – exotic botanical garden, home to more than 5,000 species of plants, quiet during the week, weekend full of family and music; Pao de Acucar – (Sugar Loaf Mountain) fabulously beautiful hill where you exported two cable cars. When viewed from the top Rio looks like world’s most glamorous city in the world; Rio Water Planet – the largest water park in Latin America. Waterfalls, artificial beaches, rivers suitable for rafting. Part of the attraction Kart Planet (open track for go-karts), Rio Show Planet (arena for performances), and Rio Circus Planet.

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