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Rio de Janeiro: Tours & Excursions

Jan 13, 11 Rio de Janeiro: Tours & Excursions

Posted by in Excursions, Rio

Helicopter Tours You can pick up a helicopter tour of the city at the Heliport on Urca Mountain (the first stage of the gondola to Pão de Açúcar). A short trip of about ten minutes (R$200–300) takes a quick spin around Pão de Açúcar, the Cristo monument and Copacabana. Longer trips take you all the way up or down the...

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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro: A Beginner’s Guide

Jan 09, 11 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by in carnaval, Excursions, Rio, Where to Go

If you asked people all over the world to name three things related to Brazil, about 98% would have Carnaval in their list. The biggest party in the world, Carnaval continues to draw international crowds to the many festivities across the country. Most people want to come to the Mecca itself…to the party of parties…to Rio de...

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Historic Rio: Confeitaria Colombo

Apr 17, 10 Historic Rio: Confeitaria Colombo

Posted by in Blog, Rio, rio-food, Where to Go

If you walk up Rua Gonçalves Dias from the Largo da Carioca, youll pass a number of cool shops. This is a great area for finding good deals on clothes. But the highlight of the street is the classic coffee shop and bakery, the Confeitaria Colombo (Gonçalves Dias 32). Used as the backdrop for numerous Brazilian films and soap...

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Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

Apr 17, 10 Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

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If you see one church in the downtown area, make it the Igreja de São Francisco (Largo da Carioca, 11am–4pm Wednesday–Friday). Recently restored, the church is a large and beautiful example of the Baroque churches of the 17th and 18th centuries in Brazil, such as those found in Minas Gerais. In fact, some of the master...

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A Brief History of Rio de Janeiro

Apr 17, 10 A Brief History of Rio de Janeiro

Posted by in Blog, history, Rio, Where to Go

When gold starting pouring out of Minas Gerais in the early 1700s, the small and innocuous town of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro turned into the most important port town on the Brazilian coast, even surpassing Salvador in importance. It wasn’t long before the Portuguese Crown took the capital of the colony away from Salvador...

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Rocinha (the little field) now the biggest favela in town

Mar 21, 10 Rocinha (the little field) now the biggest favela in town

Posted by in Blog, Rio, Where to Go

In Portuguese, the word rocinha (pronounced ho-seen-yah) a literally means a tract of land that has been cleared for planting. It is also used colloquially to refer to any field or backwoods area and that is exactly what Rocinha was in the late 1800s. It started as a settlement near the sugar plantations where poor ranch hands and...

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Copacabana

Mar 21, 10 Copacabana

Posted by in beaches, Rio, Where to Go

The world’s most famous beach boardwalk, Copacabana gained its greatest fame during Brazil’s cultural boom in the first half of the 20th century. The Copacabana Palace Hotel, formerly a legendary casino, attracted playboys and debutantes from all over the world. Soon this wide strip of white sand and blue waves became the summer...

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Pao de Acucar

Mar 21, 10 Pao de Acucar

Posted by in Rio, Where to Go

Despite the poverty, congestion, pollution, and other problems here, Rio is unarguably one of the most visually stunning cities in the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than from the top of Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf), which jets out into the bay across from the Botafogo Beach. The gondola going up to Pão de Açúcar goes in...

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Historic Rio: Praca Floriano (Cinilandia)

Mar 21, 10 Historic Rio: Praca Floriano (Cinilandia)

Posted by in Art, Rio, Where to Go

During the golden days of Hollywood, Brazil was experiencing a cultural and economic growth period at the tail end of the coffee boom. Here in Rio, a number of things were occurring, including international recognition of the city, mostly due to the casinos in Copacabana. In the old downtown area, a number of movie houses were...

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Historic Rio: Praca XV de Novembro

Mar 21, 10 Historic Rio: Praca XV de Novembro

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The Praça that marks a major turning point in Brazil’s history, moving from a monarchy to a republic, is right here in downtown Rio, in front of the old Imperial Palace (noon–6:30pm Tuesday–Sunday) home of the royal family from 1808–1889. Naturally, the praça was renamed in honor of the occasion, which took...

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