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Rio de Janeiro: Planning Your Time

Mar 21, 10 Rio de Janeiro: Planning Your Time

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The images that come to mind when one thinks of Rio de Janeiro are many and varied, but one that always seems to appear is of the famous Copacabana boardwalk and the Copacabana Palace Hotel with its luxurious interior and high-rolling clientele. In its heyday, Copacabana (and the hotel in particular) was the scenario of several...

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Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Historical District

Dec 14, 08 Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Historical District

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Many travelers come to Rio de Janeiro and never once set foot in the historical district. The beaches and attractions in the Zona Sul are so compelling that they overwhelm other agendas. That’s a shame, because the historical architecture, museums, churches, age-old bars, and coffee shops in the downtown area make up the city’s...

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Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

Dec 14, 08 Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

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On Sunday at 10am you can hear the Gregorian Chants at the Monastery of São Bento, one of the most impressive Baroque churches in the country. Built in 1663, the monastery contains detailing and sculptures with a mixture of dark Jacarandá wood and gold leaf. Most impressive is the front altar and large paintings along the side...

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Historic Rio: The Pier and Ilha Fiscal

Dec 14, 08 Historic Rio: The Pier and Ilha Fiscal

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The marina area in Rio de Janeiro is on the coast of the downtown area. It has a few different attractions to check out. First, inside the Espaço Cultural da Marinha (Av. Pres. Vargas, 9am–5pm daily) is a small Maritime Museum with a few artifacts showing the history of Brazilian sea navigation. Outside at the pier are two...

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Morro de Corcovado and the Cristo Monument

Dec 07, 08 Morro de Corcovado and the Cristo Monument

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Tirelessly watching over the craziness of Rio de Janeiro, the Cristo has stood since 1931 redeeming the city and its inhabitants from the top of Corcovado Mountain. The famous monument, called Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) was designed to celbrate the 100 years of Brazil’s independence from Portugal from 1822–1922....

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Rio de Janeiro — Getting Started

Nov 09, 08 Rio de Janeiro — Getting Started

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Without a doubt, the Rio de Janeiro section of this Guide Site is going to be bulging with information about hotels, restaurants, shopping, and activities for day and night. I’ll be uploading a Carnival Planner, and much more. But everything has to start somewhere, and I’ve begun with a review of the Hotel Florida, one...

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Hotel Florida in Rio de Janeiro

Great Lodging Between Downtown and Copacabana Hotel Florida is one of Rio de Janeiro’s best mid-range hotels. Located in the Flamengo neighborhood, it’s close to the city’s metro line (for getting to Copacabana and Ipanema) and Flamengo Beach (for the best view of the bay). The place is traditional, but not...

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The Road From Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

Sep 08, 07 The Road From Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

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View Larger Map The Road from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro The road between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo is one of Brazil’s most traveled tourist destinations. Called the Rio-Santos road, the trip is perfect for many visitors who want to see the big cities of Brazil, some excellent beaches and tropical islands (including...

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