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Introduction

Lights of Flamengo in foreground, Corcovado behind

Lights of Flamengo in foreground, Corcovado behind

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Rio de Janeiro is the pumping heart of Brazil. From dusk till dawn this thriving city has a multitude of fantastic sights, sounds and experiences to be had be they hidden jems like the rickety tram up to Santa Theresa or standing proud like Christ the Redeemer that heralds visitors in to this unique city. Named the River January because settlers thought that the mouth of the bay was actually the mouth of a river, the city is enfolded and runs itself like an oozing river among the feet of a handful of majestic mountains, Sugarloaf and Corcovado among other smaller hills. The beautiful cariocas, the people of Rio are known for a vivacious love of life, partying and a laid back attitude that is infectious to visitors.

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Districts

Downtown

Although Rio is known for its natural beauty, there is some constructed charm in the city. Downtown is where you’ll find most monuments, churches, museums and historical buildings from the Empire and the Republican periods. Locals call this area Centro. It is the main business district, always packed during week days and deserted on weekends. It’s not a lodging place. Be sure to take a break from beaching to get a true taste of Rio’s origins. Spend the day (not after dark) walking around. Don’t forget to visit Cinelândia (main square) surrounded by the Opera House (Theatro Municipal), City’s Chamber (Câmara dos Vereadores), National Museum of Fine Arts (Museu National de Belas Artes), National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Cine Odeon and the Amarelinho, a great bar/restaurant to stop for a beer.

Lapa and Santa Teresa

Both are the city’s most traditional, bohemian and artistic neighbourhoods. Unlike downtown, Lapa is a place to visit at night when Brazilian music is heard all over. The mixture of samba and chorinho bars, music theatres and even the antiques shops give Lapa an identity of its own. The cheap and dirty motels also build its atmosphere. Lapa’s major reference is the white arched aqueduct that now serves as a track for the Santa Teresa trolley. This other neighbourhood with cobblestone streets and neat houses sits on top of the mountain. It’s where the ‘peace & love types’ hang out and many artists have their studios and crafts workshops, some even open to the public. During daylight, hop into the bonde (trolley) for a short amusing trip!

Catete and Flamengo

The 1,000,000 m² green park is Flamengo’s main attraction. It draws hundreds of bikers, roller bladders and joggers that exercise while enjoying the postcard view of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. If you drive by way after midnight you’ll see local waiters playing soccer matches when their shift is over. The beach might look beautiful, but don’t take risks! The water is polluted. At the marina, sailing boats leave for excursions around the bay, the ocean and islands nearby. Catete is a historical neighbourhood that unfortunately is not well kept. Huge houses from the 20’s surround the Republic Palace, where President Getúlio Vargas shot himself. Today, it is a museum with a nice big garden. The small Folklore Museum next door is worth a visit.

Botafogo and Urca

Home to the Sugar Loaf and ringed by hills, Urca is a small, pleasant, and isolated residential neighbourhood. The Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) is a nice place to sit and drink cold coconut water. You can also walk along the shore on the Eduardo Coutinho path. Nearby is the São João Fortress where the first Portuguese settled and founded the city in 1565. Botafogo is a totally different type of neighbourhood difficult to describe. It’s a mixture between a residential area and a very noisy commercial one with lots of schools, clinics and doctors’ offices, as well as bars and restaurants. For tourists the only interest there is in the South Zone’s largest mall (Rio Sul).

Copacabana

Tourists have it as first choice for its world-famous beach and the highest concentration of hotels in town. However, the maddening traffic, noise and packed apartment blocks can take you back to that annoying city spirit. Copacabana is one of Rio’s most eclectic and democratic neighbourhoods. Along the beach there are apartments worth over a million dollars and by the main commercial avenue, buildings with dozens of tiny wrecked studios on each floor. On the streets you’ll see the essence of beach culture, a cradle-to-grave lifestyle. Senior citizens love to live in Copacabana. At night, a vibrant atmosphere takes over with a large variety of bars, restaurants and clubs. By the beach, you might see professional ladies waiting for ‘customers’.

Ipanema and Leblon

The two most charming districts in town are Ipanema and Leblon. Both are residential upper class spots where artists and intellectuals enjoy living. Not only for the 2 beautiful beaches but also for the sophisticated and exciting lifestyle, Ipanema and Leblon have been attracting a growing number of tourists over the years. Wonderful restaurants, bars, coffee shops, chic boutiques along Garcia D’Ávila street, bookstores that stay open until late at night, and hotels with all price ranges summarize the best Rio has to offer. For a great view of both neighbourhoods go up to the “Parque 2 irmãos” at upper Leblon (Alto Leblon). Ipanema is the birthplace of Bossa Nova. The famous song “Girl from Ipanema” (by Tom Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes) was written at a bar/restaurant later renamed Garota de Ipanema. Delicious!

Gávea and Jardim Botânico

Gávea and Jardim Botânico are low profile neighbourhoods blessed with abundant vegetation. Jardim Botânico is named after the Botanical Garden but also includes Parque Lage and part of the Tijuca Forest. Fresh air fills the environment. The main avenue is noisy, otherwise it’s a quiet place where every now and then you can see little monkeys up on trees. Jardim Botânico has always been a place for Rio’s elite to build mansions. Lately, new bars, restaurants, and studios are poping up there. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (a lagoon not suitable for bathing) is one of the city’s main sports and leisure spots. Explore it by renting a bicycle or riding a pedalinho (small boat with pedals). During day or night, people either exercise around the lagoon’s 7-kilometre track or sit in one of its many bars and restaurants. For those who like hiking, go up the Catacumba Park for 10 minutes. The view of the ocean and mountainous surroundings is absolutely beautiful!

São Conrado and Barra

São Conrado is trapped in between a mountain range and the ocean. It’s the neighbourhood where the city’s social gap is clearer. On one side is the Rocinha, Latin America’s biggest favela (slum), and on the other the most expensive apartment buildings, the beautiful golf course and the stylish high budget Fashion Mall. At the end of São Conrado’s Pepino Beach hang gliders usually land. Further down the coast heading southwest you’ll reach the newest part of the city. Barra resembles Miami. It has wide avenues, hundreds of shopping malls, condos and modern houses. It’s the cradle of the nouveau riche. A number of hotels have opened recently in Barra. Although the district might not be very appealing for tourists, its precious beach does the whole job.

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Beaches

If the heart of Brazil is Rio then the heart of Rio is its beaches.

Copacabana

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair
And a dress cut down to there
She would Merengue and do the Cha-Cha

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Princesinha do Mar (Princess of the Sea) as it is called is one of the reasons Rio is so famous. The wide sand strip makes it a very popular beach for sports and sunbathing. At the far end by the hill is the Leme Beach, an extension of Copacabana but very family-oriented. More than a beach, Copacabana is a melting pot where many different people gather in various events all year round. Bands often use Copacabana as a stage for concerts. International volleyball and soccer championships are held in arenas built for the occasions. Above all, there is absolutely nothing like New Year’s Eve at the Copacabana Beach. Tons of fireworks light the skies for half an hour while 2 million people dressed in white go crazy. Something to experience at least once in a lifetime!

Ipanema

Ipanema is the Cariocas’ beach. There is not a single definition for it. It depends on who you are, what you like and which spot you go to. This beach is part of the city’s social life. It’s where people meet, fall in love, have a beer, talk business, relax after work, play sports and bring their kids. In Ipanema, like at many other beaches, you can rent chairs and umbrellas to protect you from the heavy sun rays. Service is outstanding. You can buy from ice cream and cookies to corn on the cob or melted cheese on a stick from vendors that pass by. If you’re a loyal customer they become your friend.

Leblon

The difference between Leblon and Ipanema might not be as obvious to foreigners as it is to Cariocas. It’s the same strip of sand ‘divided’ by a canal. Facing the ocean to your right is Leblon, a family-oriented kind of beach. It’s where many professional beach volleyball players and young beginners practice. The ribbon of sand is a bit narrow in some spots. It’s even hard to see it during the weekends when the beach is crowded. But Leblon is usually a calm beach where parents can take their babies. There is a special spot for them called Baixo Bebê with toys, tasty snacks and a place to change diapers. At the far end of the beach there is Mirante do Leblon, with a marvelous view. Great for photos. Have a seat and contemplate the sea!

Pepino & Joatinga

Pepino beach in the São Conrado neighborhood is not the type of beach to hang out, unless you surf. It’s where hang gliders and para gliders land after flying down from Pedra Bonita. Close to Pepino is a small but very unique hidden beach called Joatinga. Take Estrada do Joá (road) to get there. After you drive into a condo of houses, you’ll find a peaceful refuge surrounded by high rocks and vegetation. To reach the sand you must go down some steps. Since access is not so easy and the cops are far away, nobody hesitates when feeling like smoking a joint, but in a respectful, laid back mood. That’s why cops sometimes stop cars on the way there. The beach attracts those around their 20’s, 30’s, including young couples with kids and dogs. Find yourself a local friend and ask him/her to take you there!

Barra

18-kilometre-long (11 miles) Barra is a windy beach with cooler waters and good waves for sports. Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, jet ski, you name it! Barra’s seas are a show of skills. Not along the entire beach though. Most sports are concentrated in one area so that people are cautious. At the far end is Reserva beach, a green reserve between the ocean and a lagoon where no kiosks are allowed. Further down is Recreio beach. If you are looking for nice, built-up bodies and feeling at ease with your own, go to the beginning of Barra, in front of Barraca do Pepê (snack kiosk). There many middle and upper class ladies and gentlemen who love fitness centers hang out. If you’re not quite fit or don’t feel like taking your shirt off, grab a tasty sandwich and juice at the bar, sit and watch!

Prainha & Grumari

Both are around half an hour way from Rio’s South Zone where your hotel probably is but they’re worth the ride. No buildings or houses are constructed around these two precious beaches hidden in a more natural environment. Prainha’s rough waters make it paradise for surfers. The beach has an authentic surfer style atmosphere like Hawaii and is surrounded by dense vegetation. One of the very few kiosks carries surf accessories, such as wax and straps, also banana cakes and sandwiches. On the right coast an outdoor restaurant facing the ocean serves good appetizers to go with a well made caipirinha, Brazil’s most popular drink. If you continue on the same road, you’ll reach Grumari beach. Like Prainha, it’s lovely and calm on week days and packed on weekends. Arrive early to avoid traffic! In Grumari look for the restaurant with a nice view and have a fresh fish!

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Sights and Activities

Museums and Cultural Institutions

  • MNBA - Museu Nacional de Belas Artes - The National Museum of Fine Arts Address: Av. Rio Branco, 199 - Centro, Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sat-Sun, noon-5:00pm., Price: R$6.00 (Free Entry on Sundays)
  • MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna - The Museum of Modern Art) Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85 - Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes - Centro, Hours: Tues-Fri, noon-6:00pm - Sat-Sun-Holidays, Noon-7pm, Price: R$5.00 (students R$2.00)
  • IMS - Instituto Moreira Salles - Address: Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476 – Gávea, Hours: Tues-Sun, 1:00pm-8:00pm, Price: Exhibitions and parking are free
  • Casa França Brasil - Address: Rua Visconde de Itaboraí, 78 – Centro, Hours: Tues-Sun, 10:00am-8:00pm, Price: Free entry
  • CCJF – Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal (Free Entry) - Address: Av.Rio Branco, 241 – Centro, Hours: Tues-Sun, noon-7:00pm
  • Caixa Cultural (Free Entry) - Address: Av. República do Chile, 230 – Centro, Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun and holidays, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • CCBB – Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - In 1989 the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center was opened. Address: Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro, Hours: Opened: Tues-Sun, 10:00am-9:00pm, Price: Free entry
  • Biblioteca Nacional - The National Library Address: Av. Rio Branco, 219 – Centro, Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-8:00pm Sat, 9:00am-3:00pm Guided Visits Only: 11:00am and 3:00pm (Guided tours English speaking guides are available).
  • Museu do Índio - Native Brazilian's Museum; Guided visits must be booked, in Portuguese only. Address: Rua das Palmeiras, 55 – Botafogo, Phone: 2286-8899 Ext: 226 or 227, Hours: Tues-Fri, 9:00am-5:30pm - Sat-Sun, 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Museu da Chácara do Céu - Address: Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93 - Santa Teresa, Hours: Daily, except Tues, noon-5:00pm
  • MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som - Sound and Image Museum Address: Praça Rui Barbosa, 1 - Praça Quinze de Novembro – Centro, Price: Free entry.
  • Centro Cultural dos Correios - Address: Rua Visconde de Itaboraí, 20 – Centro, Hours: Tues-Sun, noon-7:00pm, Price: Free Entry
  • Real Gabinete Português de Leitura - Address: Rua Luís de Camões, 30 – Centro, Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-6:00pm, Price: Free Entry
  • Museu Da República - The Museum of the Republic Address: Rua do Catete, 153 – Catete, Hours: Tues-Thurs-Fri, noon-5:00pm Wed, 2:00pm-5:00pm- Sat-Sun-Holidays, 2:00pm-6:00pm, Price: R$6.00 (Free Entry: Sun and Wed).
  • MHN – Museu Histórico Nacional - The National History Museum Address: Praça Marechal Âncora, s/nº - Centro, Hours: Tues-Fri, 10:00am-5:30pm - Sat, Sun and holidays, 2:00pm-6:00pm, Price: R$6.00
  • Oi Futuro - Address: Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63 – Flamengo, Hours: Tues-Sun. 11:00am-8:00pm, Price: Free entry

Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar)

You don’t want to leave Rio without watching the sunset from up above. The Sugar Loaf is the best sight. Not only is it worth the ride in the cable car, but having a drink at the top after a busy day is also just perfect. There are two hills you can ride up. The first is Morro da Urca (735 feet / 220 metres), and if you’re lucky some tiny monkeys might welcome you. The second is the summit (1,300 feet / 396 meters), a ride that height freaks will run from. Nevertheless, rewarding. On one side you’ll see the city, the bay guarded by the statue of Christ the Redeemer and the 14-kilometre bridge to the town of Niteroi, on the other the Copacabana beach shaped by the Atlantic Ocean. About one million people visit the Sugar Loaf every year. It only takes 10 minutes by taxi from the Copacabana beach. If you are not like many climbers that face those hills as a challenge, ride up then sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

  • Price: R$53.00.
  • Opened daily from 08:00am to 8:00pm.
  • How to get there: From Downtown: get BUS 107, at Rua Senador Dantas /// From Glória, Flamengo, get BUS 107 at Av. Augusto Severo or Praia do Flamengo /// From Botafogo: get BUS107 at Praia de Botafogo /// From Copacabana: get BUS 511, at Av. N. S. de Copacabana; or BUS 512 at Rua Barata Ribeiro /// From Ipanema and Leblon: get BUS 511 or 512, at Visconde de Pirajá and Av.Ataulfo de Paiva ///.

More information on the Sugar Loaf website.

Christ The Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)

You’ve probably already seen it in a postcard but once you get there the view will be stamped in your mind for a lifetime. This is the first touristy place you want to visit to have a clear picture of Rio’s layout. The spot offers a 360° view of the city. Take the map with you and figure it all out! If possible, avoid going on weekends because the place is packed! The best way to get there is by a small red tram. The 20-minute ride will take you up through the Tijuca forest. It’s filled with jack fruit trees. The statue covered in a mosaic of soapstone stands 30 meters / 100 feet high, about the same size as the Statue of Liberty. There is no way to go up the monument. No need. It lies at the peak of Corcovado Moun-tain (710 metres/2,330 feet) that splits the city in two: north and south regions. Following the Art Deco style, the statue was built by a Brazilian engineer and a French sculptor from 1926 to 1931. The money was raised from donations.

  • Price: R$ 44.00.
  • Opened daily from 08:30am to 6:30pm.
  • How to get there: From Downtown: get BUS 180 or BUS 184, at Av. Rio Branco /// From Glória, Flamengo: get BUS 180 or 184, at Av. Augusto Severo /// From Botafogo: get BUS 583 at Rua São Clemente; or BUS 584 at Praia de Botafogo /// From Copacabana:get BUS 583 at Av. N. S. de Copacabana; or BUS 584 at Barata Ribeiro /// From Ipanema, Leblon: get BUS 583 or 584, at Rua Visconde de Pirajá and Av. Ataulfo de Paiva ///.

More information on the Christ The Redeemer website.

Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico)

Rio is not only blessed by wild vegetation, it also has stunning botanical garden. It holds over 8,000 species, including century old imperial palm trees, Amazon plants and fruit trees. In 1808, when the Portuguese royal family arrived in Brazil, King João VI created this garden to receive plants from all over the world. The park is the kind of place you’ll want to spend quality time relaxing. No rush. Sit down at the outdoors small coffee shop or walk around listening to the sounds of nature. There are 138 species of birds catalogued by biologists. Monkeys, squirrels, lizards and a great variety of butter-flies are also constant visitors. Besides the 137 acres park, ponds and bucolic paths, don’t miss the Green Houses with amazing nature- sculpted Bromeliads and Orchids! The Botanical Garden was where Tom Jobim found inspiration for many of his songs.

  • Price: R$4.00.
  • Opened daily from 08:00am to 5:00pm
  • How to get there: From Downtown: get BUS 170, at Av. Rio Branco /// From Glória, Flamengo: get BUS 571, at Av. Augusto Severo or Praia do Flamengo /// From Botafogo: get BUS 571 at Praia de Botafogo /// From Leme: get BUS 594 at Av. Atlântica /// From Copacabana: get BUS 572, at Rua Barata Ribeiro /// From Ipanema, Leblon: get BUS 572, at Rua Prudente de Morais or Av. Bartolomeu Mitre ///.

More information one the Jardim Botanico website.

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Maracanã Football Stadium

Football is one of Brazilians’ biggest passions and Maracanã has become a great symbol for it. Latin America’s largest stadium was built for the Soccer World Cup in 1950. Back then, Brazil lost to Uruguay in a historic and humiliating final. The country got over it. Today it’s the only nation on Earth to hold 5 World Cup titles. The stadium’s official record is 183,341 spectators, but new safety regulations now limit its capacity to 90,000. This is where Pelé, Brazil’s hero, made his 1,000th goal in 1969. Not only soccer teams have had a chance to play in Ma-racanã, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tina Turner and Frank Sinatra also experienced the energy coming from the massive audience. Even if you’re not a soccer fan, adventure yourself! The top team matches are unforgettable. Fla x Flu (Flamengo v. Fluminense) and Flamengo x Vasco are classics. You won’t regret it.

Price: R$20.00 (price for the guided visit, check the newspapers for football matches).

Opened daily from 09:00/17:00 (except when matches and events are going on).

How to get there – underground is the best option! From Downtown: get BUS 238 or 239, at Praça Quinze /// From Glória, Flamengo: get BUS 434 or 464, at Av. Augusto Severo or Praia do Flamengo /// From Botafogo:get BUS 434 or 464, at Praia de Botafogo /// From Copacabana: get BUS 455, at Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana /// From Ipanema, Leblon: get BUS 464, at Av. Ataulfo de Paiva or Rua Visconde de Pirajá ///. More information on the Maracana website.

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Events and Festivals

World Cup 2014

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The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. It takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. The national teams of 32 countries will join the second biggest sports event in the world (after the Olympic Games). A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Twelve locations will be World Cup host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. They cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams. Brazil opens the tournament against Croatia, played in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be played on the 13th of July in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Olympic Games 2016 (05 Aug 2016 - 21 Aug 2016) - In the fall of 2009, it was decided that Rio de Janeiro, will be the first South American country to host of the Summer Olympics. There was heavy competition to win the bid; Rio beat out Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago for the nomination. Although this event is still far away, the the city is already busy in preparations for the event.
  • Rio de Janeiro Carnival - Many believe the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the greatest parties on Earth. A tradition in Rio dating back to 1723, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, or "Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro" for locals, is held four days before Ash Wednesday. It differentiates itself from the European celebrations by its African, Native, Portuguese, German and other European influences. The Carnival celebration in Brazil varies by region. In the southeast (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), Carnival focuses on organised parades. The carnival parades performed by "samba schools" (or, in Portuguese, "escolas do samba") which compete in the "sambodromo". In this kind of Carnival, only affiliates can participate in the parade; however, in smaller cities, the same rules do not apply. The parade traditionally goes from Sunday evening until early morning Monday in the Sambadrome, which is a large structure with a seating capacity for over ninety thousand people.
  • June Bonfire Festival (13 Jun 2013 - 19 Jun 2013) - The June bonfire festivals occur on three separate evenings in June: 6/13, 6/24, and 6/29 in remembrance of St Anthony, St John, and St Peter, respectively. During this time in Rio, the streets and public squares are decorated with streamers and lanterns, intended to resemble a village market place. Bonfires are lit, and attendants participate in dancing, eating, and drinking events. In the spirit of tradition, mock weddings are held, and couples are supposed to leap the flames of the bonfires.
  • Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride - This festive event is held every year in Mid-October. It's a very popular event, so it's advised that those planning to attend should make their reservations in advance in order to avoid unnecessary costs.
  • Rio de Janeiro Marathon - This annual race is held in July. The route is relatively flat and goes through both the downtown and neighborhood areas. Runners are challenged by Rio's warm, humid weather.
  • New Year's Eve and Festa de Iemanja (31 Dec 2013 - 01 Jan 2014) - Rio hosts a very extravagant New Years Eve celebration, complete with street parties and an elaborate fireworks display. There are also many that gather on the beaches to celebrate the holiday that occurs simultaneously on this day, "Festa de Iemanja". Celebrators of this holiday bring offerings of flowers, gifts, perfume, and rice to Iemanjá, the Goddess of the Water and the mother of all the gods in the Umbanda religion of Brazil. Many of these gifts are sent away on little boats or thrown directly into the sea.

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Weather

Rio de Janeiro has a tropical climate with slightly more variation regarding temperature compared to areas closer to the equator. Summers are from November to April when average maximum temperatures are between 28º and 30 °C and nights are between 22 °C and 25 °C. From May to October it's slighly cooler but still summer with temperatures during the day between 24 °C and 26 °C and nights between 18 °C and 21 °C.
Most of the rain falls during the warmer summer months, with an average of 10-15 rainy days a month, compared to only 6 days with some precipitation during June and July. Most of the rain usually comes down as heavy downpours, though sometimes heavy rain can keep on and cause serious floodings every now and then.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max29.4 °C30.2 °C29.4 °C27.8 °C26.4 °C25.2 °C25.3 °C25.6 °C25 °C26 °C27.4 °C28.6 °C
Avg Min23.3 °C23.5 °C23.3 °C21.9 °C20.4 °C18.7 °C18.4 °C18.9 °C19.2 °C20.2 °C21.4 °C22.4 °C
Rainfall114.1 mm105.3 mm103.3 mm137.4 mm85.6 mm80.4 mm56.4 mm50.5 mm87.1 mm88.2 mm95.6 mm169 mm
Rain Days12991086669101113

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Getting There

By Plane

Rio de Janeiro's Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) is the second international airport in Brazil (after Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) with dozens of international and domestic airlines offering services. It is located about 20 kilometres from the city centre. The main destinations are Buenos Aires, Paris, Miami, New York, London, Houston, Panama City, Atlanta, Sao Paulo, Foz do Iguacu, Salvador, Manaus, Madrid, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Lisbon and Washington, D.C..

There is a bus connection operated by Real to Flamengo, Botafoco, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and terminating at the Alvorada terminal at Barra da Tijuca. It departs every 20-30 minutes between 05:30am-10:00pm and takes at least 60 minutes to reach the final destination at Barra da Tijuca. It can be found outside the arrival areas at terminals 1 and 2. A single ticket R$ 6.50. A smaller bus, also run by Real, runs directly to Barra da Tijuca and takes only 30 minutes, depending on traffic. It runs every 30 minutes.

Another option is the shuttle bus, run by Shuttle Rio which drives via several large hotels. It has two routes; one stopping heading towards Ipanema (R$10 pp one way) and the other towards Barra (R$15 pp one way).

Taxis can easily be found outside the airport and should cost about R$30 for downtown destinations and about R$50 for Zona Sul (ie, Ipanema, Copacabana) areas.

The Santos Dumont Airport (SDU), located in the city centre, accommodates many domestic services, including Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Campo Grande and Curitiba. Airlines using this airport include Gol, TAM, Varig, OceanAir and Team.

By Train

Rio's main train station Central do Brasil, a sight well worth visiting in itself, only services local commuters.

By Bus

Long distance buses arrive and leave from the Rodoviária Novo Rio bus depot, in the Santo Cristo district (in Zona Norte).

Bus companies include:

  • 1001
  • Cometa
  • Expresso Brasileiro
  • Itapemirim
  • Penha

Taxis or private buses can get you from the station to Zona Sol in about 15 minutes. There are also regular buses departing in any direction from the main entrance.

By Car

Rio is connected by many roads to neighboring cities and states, but access can be confusing as there are insufficient traffic signs or indications of how to get downtown. The main interstate highways passing through Rio are:

  • BR-116, which connects the city to the southern region of Brazil. Also known as Rodovia Presidente Dutra
  • BR-101, which leads to the north and northwest, and
  • BR-040, which will take you in the central and western areas.

By Boat

Ferries (barcas) connect neighbouring Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro and arrive at Praça XV, in the city centre.

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Getting Around

By Car

Driving in Rio can be a little bit crazy, and as long as you stay around the South Zone you won’t need it. But if you plan to visit the beaches of Barra, Recreio, Prainha or Grumari or take a trip to nearby cities it’s a good idea to rent a car. You will need a credit card and a driver’s license. To park on public streets you will probably have to deal with a flanelinha, a person who insists on helping you park and watching your car. Generally, locals give them 2 reais. Just be very careful when you drive at night, since Cariocas don’t like to stop at red lights after dark. Wear seatbelts and lock your doors. Have a safe trip!

By Public Transport

Subway
Even though the system is not very big and covers a limited area (it only has two lines), the subway is good and safe. This is an excellent choice to avoid traffic if you want to go to Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and downtown area. The metro does not reach Ipanema, Leblon and Barra, but there is a bus service (a gray bus with the word Metro written on it) that connects the first Copacabana station with Ipanema and Leblon for no extra charge.

One way metro ticket costs R$2.60 and it is open Mon/Sat from 05:00/Midnight; Sun/holidays from 07:00/23:00. Further info at the Metro Rio website.

Only the lines 1 (orange) and 2 (green) are actually underground (ask for the number: nobody cares about the colour here), the others are done by shuttle buses, using the same ticket. Passes cost the same as the individual tickets, may not save you money but saves a lot of time, if you get the metro with a lot of frequency you should buy a pass. (There is a pass that is accepted in both buses and metro, can be purchased at any Unibanco's bank agency, ask for Riocard)

Taxis
Taxis are everywhere. You can’t miss them. They are bright yellow with a blue stripe. This is a good choice to get around, especially at night. They run by a meter. After 9:00pm, on weekends and holidays fares are more expensive. This is called bandeira 2 and you’ll see a ‘2’ on the left side of the meter. If you get a cab during a regular day make sure that the meter reads ‘1’. If you are in Copacabana a rate to go to Ipanema will be about 7 reais, to downtown 15 to 20 reais and to the airport or Barra about 30 reais. Be aware that hotel taxis will charge you more. You can also call a radio taxi which is 20% more expensive. They are ordered by telephone and are usually nicer. They can be red, blue or white. Coopertramo: 2560-2022 Transcoo-pass: 2560-4888.

Bus
This is the main transportation Cariocas use. It’s cheap and connects the whole city. The route number and final destination are displayed in front of the bus. They only stop if somebody wants to board so wave your hand to the driver. You’ll spend less than 2 reais on a regular bus, many have no airconditioning. As soon as you get on the bus, you will be charged. Don’t open your wallet to look for money, have some change at hand. Pickpockets are common on buses, so be careful.Keep your wallet in a safe place. Some buses with air conditioning are a little bit more expensive. They are the same color as the regular bus but you will read “ar condicionado” on the wind shield.

Special Buses
There are some buses called frescão (fresh) that have very good airconditioning and are more comfortable than regular buses. Some connect downtown to the South Zone, and others pass through Barra and the airport. They are very big and they have the word “Real” written on the side. Many pass through the beach front and others through the main streets of Copacabana and Ipanema. You can wait for them at the regular bus stops or at the beach avenue corners. If you want to go shopping there is a big blue bus from Rio Sul that stops at all the hotels along the beach. This is a free service for tourists and you can also get it to go back to your hotel. Check the timetable with your concierge.

Vans
There are many vans circulating around the city. They pass especially along the beachfront avenues. They can be a good option to go to Barra but they are not well regulated and many operate without permission. They charge from 4 to 6 reais, depending on the distance. They will stop when flagged.

By Foot

Use sunblock, and have fun. Try to avoid darker streets and stay on the beaten track.

By Bike

Rio has over 74 kilometres of bike paths around the city. Bilingual bike tours are available through "Rio by Bike", and there are bike rental places aplenty.

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Brazilian Food

  • À Mineira Rua Visconde de Silva, 152 - Humaitá.
  • Aprazível Rua Aprazível, 62 - Santa Teresa.
  • Bar do Mineiro Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 - Santa Teresa Phone: 2221-9227.
  • Brasileirinho Rua Jangadeiros,10 lj A - Ipanema Phone: 2513-5184.
  • Casa da Feijoad a Rua Prudente de Moraes, 10 B - Ipanema Phone: 2247-2776.
  • Degrau Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 517 B - Leblon.
  • Espírito Santa Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 - Largo dos Guimarães - Santa Teresa.
  • Estação Baião de Dois - Centro Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas - Pavilhão de São Cristóvão - São Cristóvão.
  • Jerimum - Jerimum Pavilhão de São Cristóvão - Centro Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas Address: Av. do Nordestino, lj 14 A - São Cristóvão
  • Siri Mole & Cia Rua Francisco Otaviano, 50 - Copacabana.
  • Yorubá Rua Arnaldo Quintela, 94 - Botafogo - Phone 2541-9387.
  • Tacará do Norte - Rua Barão do Flamengo, 35 - Flamengo - Phone 2205-7545.
  • Roberta Sudbrack - This restaurant is widely considered to be the best in the city. It ranked #71 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, organised by Restaurant magazine. Address: Avenida Lineu de Paula Machado 916 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22470-040, Brazil, Phone: +55 21 3874-0139

Per Kilo Restaurants

Middle Eastern

  • Al Khayam Rua do Ouvidor, 16 - Centro.
  • Al Kwait Av. Treze de maio, 23 ljs. M, N - Centro.
  • Amir Rua Ronald de Carvalho, 55C - Praça do Lido - Copacabana.
  • Arab Av. Atlântica, 1.936 A - Copacabana Phone: 2235-6698.
  • Baghdad Rua Bolivar, 45 lj. C - Copacabana.
  • Cedro do Líbano Rua Senhor dos Passos, 231 - Centro.
  • Safran Rua da Quitanda, 68 - Centro.

Vegetarian

  • Vegetariano Social Clube Rua Conde de Bernadote, 26 lj L - Leblon.
  • Refeitório Orgânico Rua 19 de Fevereiro, 120 – Botafogo.
  • Rio Vegetariano Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 448 - Lja 83/84 - COBAL - Botafogo.
  • Ser Natural Rua do Catete, 228 - loja 116 - Catete.
  • Beterraba Rua da Alfândega, 25 - A - Centro /// Rua Dom Gerardo, 46 - A/B - Praça Mauá.
  • Reino Vegetal Rua Luis de Camões, 98 sobrado - Centro.
  • Bardana's Praça Ana Amélia, 9 Sobreloja - Castelo - Centro.
  • Green Rua do Carmo, 38 - sobreloja - Centro.
  • Health's Rua Senador Dantas, 84 - loja G - Centro.

Vegan

  • Tempeh Rua 1º de Março, 24 - Sobreloja - Centro.
  • [http://www.veganvegan.com.br/|[Vegan Vegan]] Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 402 - Botafogo.

Macrobiotic

  • Metamorfose Rua Santa Luzia, 405, s 207 - Centro.
  • Associação Macrobiótica Rua Embaixador Régis Oliveira, 7 - 1º andar - sala 104 - Cinelândia.

Portuguese

Churrascaria

  • Braseiro da Gávea Praça Santos Dumont, 116 - Gávea.
  • Churrascaria Palace Rua Rodolfo Dantas, 16 - Copacabana.
  • Giuseppe Grill Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 370 - Leblon.
  • Majórica Rua Senador Vergueiro, 11/15 - Flamengo Phone: 2205-0205.
  • Marius Av. Atlântica, 290 - Leme.
  • Porcão Rua Barão da Torre, 218 - Ipanema // Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/n° - Aterro - Flamengo.
  • Zozô Avenida Pasteur, 520 - Praia Vermelha - Urca Phone 2295-5659.

Seafood

  • Albamar Praça Marechal Âncora, 184/186 – Centro.
  • Azul Marinho Rua Francisco Bhering, s/nº - Arpoador - Hotel Arpoador Inn Phone- 2513-5014.
  • Barracuda Av. Infante Dom Henrique. s/nº lj. 28 - Aterro do Flamengo - Marina da Glória – Glória.
  • King Crab Crustáceos Rua do Ouvidor, 12 - Centro Phone: 2220-2532.
  • Mangue Seco Rua do Lavradio, 23 - Centro.
  • Margutta Av. Graça Aranha, 1/2º - Centro // Av. Henrique Dumont, 62 - Ipanema.
  • Marisqueira Rua Barata Ribeiro, 232 - Copacabana Phone: 2547-3920.
  • Marius CrustáceosAv. Atlântica, 290 - Leme.
  • Pampa Oceano Rua Duvivier, 21 - Copacabana.
  • Sentaí Rua Barão de São Félix, 75 - Centro.
  • Sobrenatural Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 432 - Santa Teresa Phone: 2224-1003.
  • Tia Palmira Caminho do Souza, 18 - Barra de Guaratiba Phone: 2410-8169.
  • Tia Penha Estrada Roberto Burle Max, 10.815 - Barra de Guaratiba Phone: 2410-1425.

Japanese

  • Sushi Leblon Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon.
  • Azumi Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, 127 - Copacabana Phone: 2541-4294.
  • Manekineko Sushi Rua Dias Ferreira, 410 - Leblon.
  • Nakombi Rua Maria Angélica, 183 - Jardim Botânico.
  • Togu Rua Dias Ferreira, 90 - Leblon.
  • Yasuto Tanaka Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1210 - Lagoa.
  • Mirai Rua Dias Ferreira, 116 - Leblon.

Cafés

  • Colombo Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32/36 - Centro Phone 2505-1500.
  • Colombo do Forte Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 01 - Posto Seis - Forte de Copacabana - Copacabana Phone 3201-4049.
  • Garcia & Rodrigues Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1251 - Leblon.
  • Talho Capixaba Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1022 - Leblon.
  • Salão D’Or Praia do Flamengo, 340 - Casa de Arte e Cultura Julieta de Serpa - Flamengo Phone: 2551-1278.
  • Tumbão de Malevo Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 121 – Santa Teresa.
  • Café du Lage Parque Lage - Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico Phone: 2538-1091.
  • Cafeína Rua Farme de Amoedo, 43 - Ipanema // Rua Constante Ramos, 44 - Copacabana // Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1321 - Leblon.
  • Armazém do Café Rua Rita Ludolf, 87/lj. B - Leblon // Rua Maria Quitéria, 77 G - Quartier Ipanema - Ipanema // Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 547/101 - Ipanema // Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 261 A - Ipanema // Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 375 lj. C - Leblon.
  • Alessandro & Frederico Café Rua Garcia D‘Ávila, 134 lj. D - Ipanema Phone: 2521-0828.
  • Bazzar Café Av. Rio Branco, 44 - Livraria Travessa - Centro.
  • Café D'Hôtel Hotel Marina All Suites, Av. Delfim Moreira, 696 - Leblon Phone: 2172-1100.
  • Café D’Antonio Torres Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1292 – Livraria Letras & Expressões - Leblon Phone: (21) 2511-5085 - opened 24/7.
  • Café Fazenda Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 82, ss107 - Ipanema Phone (21) 2227-5840.
  • Café Galeria Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476 - Instituto Moreira Salles - Gávea Phone (21) 3284-7400.
  • Café Hum Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 580/118 - Ipanema.
  • Café Laguiole MAM- Museu de Arte Moderna - Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85 - Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes - Centro Phone :(21) 2532-0755.
  • Café Rodrigues Travessa do Ouvidor, 21 A - Centro Phone: (21) 2252-7888.
  • Café Severino Rua Dias Ferreira, 417 - Livraria Argumento Phone: 2259-9398.
  • Café Ubaldo Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 276 - Livraria Letras & Expressões - Ipanema Phone: 2521-6110.
  • Maça Café Rua Jardim Botânico, 585 - lj A, B - Livraria Ponte de Tábuas - Jardim Botânico.
  • Noz Moscada Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 270/108 - Rio Design Center - Leblon // Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 547 - Galeria Ipanema - Ipanema.
  • Samba Café Rua Francisco Otaviano, 20 lj. G. - Shopping Cassino Atlântico - Copacabana.
  • Bistrô Jardins Rua do Catete, 153- Jardins do Museu da República - Catete Phone (21) 2558-2673.
  • Casa Cavé Rua Sete de Setembro, 137 - Centro Rua Uruguaiana, 11 - Centro Phone: 2224-2520.
  • Colher de Pau Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 - CCBB - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - Centro Phone 3808-2090.

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ace Backpackers Youth HostelRua Sao Clemente 23 1st Floor BotafogoHostel80
Karisma Hostel IpanemaRua Baro da Torre 177HOSTEL76
Albergue Santa TeresaRua Hermenegildo de Barros, 40 Santa TeresaGUESTHOUSE87
Alpha HostelPraia de Botafogo, 462/casa 3Hostel68
Art Hostel RioRua Silveira Martins,135 CateteHostel68
Bamboo Rio HostelRua Lacerda Coutinho # 45Hostel81
Barao Copacabana HostelEmilio Berla 41Hostel-
BaronGardenRua Baro de Guaratiba 195GUESTHOUSE81
Beach Backpackers Hostel Rio de JaneiroRua Guilhermina Guinle 95Hostel79
Bellas Artes Guest HouseRua Andres Belo 15 Santa TeresaHostel82
Best Rio HostelRua Ministro Alfredo Valadïao 36 CopacabanaHostel78
Bonita IpanemaRua Baro da Torre 107GUESTHOUSE-
HI BrothersR. Farani, 18Hostel-
CabanaCopaTravessa Guimarães Natal, 12 CopacabanaHostel82
Casa 579Rua Doutor Julio Otoni 579, Santa TeresaGuesthouse85
Casa CarioKa Copacabana180 Emílio Berla CopacabanaGuesthouse-
Casa da ValeskaDuvivier Street CopacabanaHostel-
Casa Mango MangoRua Joaquim Murtinho 587Guesthouse78
Casa6ipanemaBarão da Torre 175 / House nº6 IpanemaHOSTEL64
Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana AnitaRua Anita Garibaldi #87 / CopacabanaHOSTEL86
Che Lagarto hostel IpanemaRua Paul Redfern No48 IpanemaHOSTEL86
Che Lagarto Suites Copacabana Santa ClaraAv. Santa Clara 304HOSTEL85
Chill HostelLadeira Ari Barroso 35Hostel77
HI Cidade MaravilhosaRua Hermenegildo de Barros, 19 - GoriaHostel80
Colinas ResidenciaRua Saint Roman 338 IpanemaHostel69
HI Copa HostelAvenida N.S. Copacabana, 1077 -HOSTEL71
Copacabana Wave HostelTravessa Cristiano Lacorte, 46 - CopacabanaHostel-
Copinha HostelRua Felipe de Oliveira, 11Hostel74
Crab HostelRua Prudente de Morais 903 IpanemaHostel-
Cultura Carioca HostelR. Jorn. Orlando Dantas - 7hostel-
El Misti HostelAv. R. Praia de Botafogo 462 Casa 9, BotafogoHostel72
El Misti Hostel CopacabanaTravessa Frederico Pamplona n# 20Hostel80
Fatima Macintyre HouseRua General Venancio Flores, 555 Ap. 101Guesthouse79
Favela ReceptivaEstrada da Canoa, 610 - 2 Vila CanoasGuesthouse-
Happy Rio CopacabanaRua Silva Castro 39 CopacabanaHOSTEL78
HarmoniaRua Barão da Torre 175, casa 18 IpanemaHostel90
HI Rio RockersRua Toneleiro 376 - CopacabanaHostel77
Jucati Season ApartmentsRua Tenente Marones de GusmaoApartment-
Hostel New IpanemaRua: Baro da Torre, 175 casa 1 IpanemaHOSTEL77
Hotel Colinas ResidênciaRua Saint Roman, 338 IpanemaHotel-
Ipanema Beach HouseRua Barao da Torre, 485 IpanemaHostel83
Island HostelR. Barao de Magua No number Corner R. Mal. DeodoroHostel-
King AlbergueRua do Catete 142 2 FloorHOSTEL70
Lemon Spirit HostelRua Cupertino Duro #56 LeblonHOSTEL89
Piratas de Ipanema GuesthouseRua Joaquim Nabuco 165 IpanemaHostel-
Pousada FavelinhaRua Antonio Joaquim Batista, casa 13 Entrada: Rua Almirante Alexandrino 2023Guesthouse75
Pousada Santa TremRua Costa Bastos 460Guesthouse83
Rio BackpackersTravessa Santa Leocádia no 38HOSTEL79
Rio HostelRua Joaquim Murtinho, 361 Santa TeresaHostel-
Rio Hostel IpanemaRua Caning 18, Casa 1, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, BrHostel79
Hostel Rio RitzRua Leopoldo Miguez, 10 - CopacabanaHostel71
Rio Surf n StayRua Raymundo Veras, 1140 Recreio dos BandeirantesHostel79
Ron Rio ApartmentsRua Julio de Castilhos 55, Arpoador, Rio de JaneiroAPARTMENT88
Rio Bohemia HostelRua Evaristo da Veiga 147Hostel-
Stone of a BeachRua Barata Rebeiro 111Hostel-
Terra Brasilis HostelRua Murtinho Nobre 156 Santa TeresaHostel81
The LightHouseBarao da Torre, 175. Casa 20 IpanemaHostel86
The Mango TreePrudente de Moraes, 594 IpanemaHostel82
Tupiniquim HostelRua Paulo Barreto, 79 BotafogoHostel79
Vanazul HostelEstrada das Canoas 101. São ConradoHostel84
Albergue Vila Carioca HostelRua Estácio Coimbra No 84 BotafogoHostel-
Vila CasaNovaLadeira do Castro Santa Teresa - Rio de janeiroGuesthouse87
Villa LeonorRua Costa Bastos 681 Santa TeresaGuesthouse80
Walk On The Beach HostelRua Dias da Rocha 85 CopacabanaHostel89
Yaya HotelRua Farme de Amoedo #135 IpanemaHotel-
Lagoa Guest HouseRua do Humaitá,392 HumaitáGuesthouse81
Albergue Eco Backpackers HostelR. São Clemente 39 - 1.andarHOSTEL79
Leblon Spot Design HIR. Dias Ferreira, 636 LeblonHOSTEL70
Alex Rio FlatsRua Julio de Castilhos 55, Posto 6 CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
Terrasse HostelFarme de Amoedo 35 IpanemaHostel-
Sarréufa Club HostelRua Bambina 141, front. BotafogoHostel65
Hostel ArcoverdeRua Coelho Cintra, 250 ancient hill rudderHOSTEL71
HOSTEL ECO ARCO VERDELadeira do Leme,250Hostel75
Cortiço HostelRua Bambina, 154 A BotafogoHOSTEL77
Adventure HostelRua Vinicius de Morais, 174 - Ipanema - RJHostel87
Flamengo ApartmentRua Senador Vergueiro 210/903 BotafogoAPARTMENT-
Rio Nature HostelTravessa Dona Marciana 31 - BotafogoHostel66
El Misti HouseRua Silva Castro 49 CopacabanaHostel82
Vidigalbergue Rio HostelAv. Niemeyer 314 - house 2Hostel80
Noemia's HouseLadeira Frei Orlando,38, casa 01, Santa TeresaGuesthouse84
Favela Vidigal GuesthouseAv. Pres. João Goulart Largo do Santinho VidigalGuesthouse88
Casa Alto VidigalRua Armando de Almeida Lima 2 VidigalHOSTEL78
Books HostelRua Francisco Muratori, 10 Santa TeresaHostel86
Trek & Fly HostelRua Rio Gramde do Sul, 47 MeierGUESTHOUSE-
Zbra HostelAvenida General San Martin, 1212HOSTEL76
Caf Rio HostelRua Alice, 293HOSTEL83
Ipanema Copa Posto 6R. Bulhoes de Carvalho 412/602Apartment-
Hercus HostelRua Siqueira Campos, 250Hostel-
Ocean Inn Rio LeblonAv. Niemeyer, 187Hostel-
King George HostelTravessa Guimares Natal, 06HOSTEL-
Rio Aplauso HostelRua Francisco Muratori, 19. Santa Teresa.Hostel79
Pura Vida Hostel Rio de JaneiroRua Saint Roman #20Hostel77
Hostel RepublicaRua Silveira Martins, 139 CateteHostel-
Pousada Barra SolAvenida Grande Canal, 301 - Barra Da TijucaGUESTHOUSE-
Pontal HostelAvenida Paulo Tapajas, 6 Recreio dos BandeirantesHOSTEL-
Choice HostelRua Tonelero, 217Hostel-
El Misti Hostel RioRua Tonelero 197Hostel83
Hostel in RioRua Senador Correa, 61Hostel70
Lisetonga HostelRua Ary Barroso casa 15HOSTEL86
New Ipanema HandCraftRua Barao da Torre, 175 casa 01GUESTHOUSE77
Stand Fast HostelRua Dezenove de Fevereiro n.52 BotafogoHostel-
Aeroporto Othon Travel – DowntownAv. Beira Mar 280 CentroHotel-
Lancaster Othon Travel – CopacabanaAv. Atlântica 1470 CopacabanaHotel-
California Othon Classic – CopacabanaAv. Atlântica 2.616 CopacabanaHotel-
Viña del Mar HotelRua Joaquim Silva, 57Hotel-
Ocean Inn Rio BotafogoRua Paulo Barreto 63Hostel77
Vidigal 360ºRua Dom Eugenio Sales behind the church. VidigalGUESTHOUSE-
Copacabana ApartmentRua Constante Ramos 68Apartment-
Safari HostelPraça Afonso Viseu 58HOSTEL77
Copa Fun HostelRua Siqueira Campos, 214HOSTEL82
Che Lagarto Hostel CopacabanaRua Barata Ribeiro 111 - CopacabanaHostel83
Lapa HostelRua do Rezende, 43 LapaHostel77
Global Rio de JaneiroLadeira de Santa Teresa 45 /101GUESTHOUSE88
Hotel AmericanoRua Joaquim Silva, 69Hotel-
Hostel CariocaRua Lacerda Coutinho, 29 CopacabanaHostel73
Hotelinho da UrcaRua Marechal Cantuária, 10 UrcaGuesthouse84
Mellow Yellow VillaRua Republica do Peru, 444 CopacabanaHOSTEL74
Bossa in Rio HostelRua Joaquim Murtinho, 531 - Santa TeresaHOSTEL83
Alicante HotelRua Riachuelo, 105 LapaHOTEL-
Casa Caminho do CorcovadoRua Filinto de Almeida 283 - Cosme VelhoGUESTHOUSE-
Recreio das Hortensias Pousada e AlbergueEst. dos Bandeirantes,12315-Vargem PequenaHOSTEL-
Luiz Leblon Guest HouseAv. Ataulfo de Paiva, 427 ap 201GUESTHOUSE83
Wave Guest HouseRua Visconde de Piraja 193 casa 04GUESTHOUSE-
Rocinha Guest HouseEstrada da Gavea, 259 rua um casa 10 RocinhaGUESTHOUSE80
Real Hotel RioRua Real Grandeza, 122 BotafogoHOTEL-
Host in Rio Guest HouseRua Dona Delfina,,138 TijucaGuesthouse-
OztelRua Pinheiro Guimaraes, 91 BotafogoHOSTEL78
Oliette Couper Guest House & HostelPraia da Pitoria,1302 Sao pedro da AldeiaGuesthouse-
Claudias HouseRua Sa Ferreira, 147 - Casa 1 CopacabanaGUESTHOUSE-
Kariok HostelRua Benjamim Constant, 80HOSTEL-
Santa Teresa Central HostelLadeira Santa Teresa 121 - Santa TeresaHOSTEL-
Kaza RioR. Haddock Lobo, 23 - 3 floor EstacioGUESTHOUSE83
Rio Nature ComfortRua Alice, 1356 LaranjeirasHOSTEL76
Piratas de Ipanema GuesthouseRua Joaquim Nabuco 165Guesthouse-
Corcovado Rio HostelLadeira dos Guararapes 169 Cosme VelhoHOSTEL80
Cafofo HostelRua Jornalista Orlando Dantas 7 - Botafogo Rio de JaneiroHOSTEL81
Samba PalaceRua Alice 97 LaranjeirasHOSTEL81
CaipiHostelAv. Gomes Freire, 373 LapaHOSTEL83
B&B AraruamaRua Praia da Espuma AraruamaGuesthouse-
Casalegre Art VilaRua Monte Alegre 316Hostel-
Hercus LapaRua da Lapa 207, SobradoHOSTEL-
El Misti RoomsEmilio Berla 41 CopacabanaHOSTEL82
Brazucas HostelRua Santa Clara, 129 CopacabanaHOSTEL78
Paraiso TropicalAvenida Atlantica 3210, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
U Surf MeEstrada do Pontal, 3091 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes Rio de Janeiro, 22785-560GUESTHOUSE-
Barraco #55Rua de Assembleia, 19 Fundos, Nova Brasilia Favela Complexo do AlemãoHOSTEL-
Mellow Yellow MansionEstrada da Gavea, 25 GaveaHOSTEL-
Rio de Janeiro FlatsRua Julio de Castilhos, 55, apto 906 CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
Corcovado HostelTrav. Escadinhas de Dona Marta, 3 - Cosme Velho Rua Filinto de Almeida, 261 Casa 3HOSTEL-
Rio Forest HostelRua Joaquim Murtinho,517 Santa TeresaHOSTEL79
Casa da Carmen e do FernandoRua Hermenegildo de Barros 172GUESTHOUSE-
Pousada MandalaRua Manoel de Carvalho - nº 223Hostel-
Adepta Yoga HostelRua David Perez 144,Hostel-
Rio Hostel Santa TeresaRua Joaquim Murtinho, 36Hostel-
RIODEJANEIROFLATSApartment-
Rio Soul HostelRua Professor Alfredo Gomes, 9 Rio de Janeiro, RJHOSTEL82
Contemporaneo HostelRua Bambina, 158 Botafogo - Rio de JaneiroHOSTEL-
Casa ZambaBemLadeira Frei Orlando 27 CentroGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Ze CariocaRua Sao clemente, 33HOSTEL-
Discovery HostelRua Benjamin Constant 26 Glória, Rio de JaneiroHOSTEL91
Apartment in CopacabanaRua Belfort Roxo, 406 Apt 1001 CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
Rio PalazzoRua Dr. Julio Otoni, 595 Santa TeresaGUESTHOUSE-
Manga Hostel RJRua do Lavradio 186, Lapa, RJHOSTEL-
eHostelRua Pompeu Loureiro, 110HOSTEL-
Santa Mix HostelRua Santa Cristina, 89 Santa TeresaHOSTEL-
Santa Teresa ViewRua Pedro Americo, 946 Santa TeresaHOSTEL-
Marcia Bed and BreakfastRua Raimundo Correia, 65 Apt 802GUESTHOUSE-
Fridays HostelRua Joaquim Silva, 06HOSTEL76
Samba Green HostelRua Alvaro Ramos, 394 BotafogoHOSTEL84
Rio Deal B&BRua Santa Clara, 136-A CopacabanaGUESTHOUSE-
Boulevard Hotel BoutiqueRua Edmundo Lins, 21 CopacabanaHOTEL79
Hercus Santa TeresaRua Silvio Romero 22, Santa TeresaHOTEL-
Mar da BabiloniaRua Sao Bento, 3 Morro da Babilônia - LemeHOSTEL-
Casa com Varanda Bed & BreakfastTravessa Oriente 16/apto 102 - Santa TeresaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel VidigalhouseRua Major Toja Martinez Filho 127 casa 2HOSTEL-
Meiai HostelRua Guilhermina Guinle 127 BotafogoHOSTEL-
Solar Chacara HostelAv Niemeyer 180 Estrada do Vidigal 701HOSTEL-
Copacabana ApartRua Siqueira Campos 128 CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
Apartment GloriaRua Santa Cristina 9 Ap 301 GloriaAPARTMENT-
B&B Leblon Gloria and RaulRua Rita Ludolf, 87GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Copacabana VerdeRua Figueiredo Magalhães, 387GUESTHOUSE-
Carioca Guest HouseRua Alice, 118, Laranjeiras, Rio de JaneiroGUESTHOUSE-
B&B Botafogo LilianRua General Severiano, 20522290-040GUESTHOUSE-
Lagoon Rio PousadaAlameda dos Colibris, Casa 490 Casa 490HOSTEL-
Santo Mirante HostelRua Dias de Barros, 54 Santa TeresaGUESTHOUSE-
BananaZ HostelRua Silvio Romero 57 - Santa TeresaHOSTEL-
Hotel GaliciaRua Carlos de Carvalho, 6 CentroHOTEL-
Organic House HostelRua do Catete 92 Casa 37 CateteGUESTHOUSE-
Lingua Solta HostelRua Candelaria, 106GUESTHOUSE-
Maracujá B&B e ArteRua Gonçalves Fontes, 49 Santa TeresaGUESTHOUSE-
B&B Lagoa Vitoria RegiaRua Vitoria Regia, 54122471-190GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Praia LemeRua Roberto Dias Lope 98, 22010-110GUESTHOUSE-
Bed & Breakfast Leblon MilitzaRua Engenheiro Cortes Sigaud 105, 22450-150GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Barra da TijucaAv. Ruy Antunes Corre 150, 22793-355GUESTHOUSE-
Leme HouseLadeira Ari Barroso 36, LemeHOSTEL-
Habitat CariocaRua Benjamin Constant, 48 - Metro Gloria GloriaHOSTEL-
B&B Santa Teresa WanderlyRua do Oriente 5, 520240-130GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Praia de BotafogoPraia de Botafogo 452HOSTEL-
House in The IslandAv Armando Lombardi, 400 Ilha da Gigoia - AGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Casa da EscadaRua Manoel Carneiro 32 - Santa teresaHOSTEL-
Hotelo HotelRua Senador Dantas 38 - CinelândiaHOTEL-
Sugar LoafRua Senador Vergueiro 210Apartment-
Casa Alto VidigalRua Armando de Almeida Lima 2 ArvrãoHostel-
Penthouse CopacabanaRua Tonelero 254, Apartment C01 CopacabanaAPARTMENT-
Padd-Prop4Shop StreetGUESTHOUSE-
Ralé Chateau HostelEstrada do Cantagalo 174HOSTEL-
Claudia's HouseRua Sa Ferreira, 147 casa 1 CopacabanaHOSTEL-
Maison Tordeur Bed & BreakfastRua Stefan Zweig, 117GUESTHOUSE-
Other Side HostelTravessa 11 de Maio #16 Cidade NovaHOSTEL-

Midrange

Copacabana

Ipanema

Upscale

Ipanema

Leblon

Santa Teresa

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -22.903539
  • Longitude: -43.209587

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