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Sunset at Buzios

Sunset at Buzios

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Buzios is a resort town in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. It has about 25,000 inhabitants.
It is a gorgeous little town with a Mediterranean feel. It is not for nothing that it is called "The Saint Tropez of Brazil". Its charming cobbled streets, numerous bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces, fountains and beautiful buildings will make you feel like you are on the old continent. On top of this, Brigitte Bardot used to live in and be in love with Buzios. You will see a few statues of her along the way and many establishment using her name or her image, she is a kind of a legend there.



Sights and Activities

You can do many water sports in Buzios such as surfing, diving, windsurfing etc. You can also rent a buggy to visit the resort's numerous beaches (more than 20). The town centre is great for partying, dining and shopping.

It is recommended to do a day boat excursion. Some might not be very keen on sharing their day with a group of other tourists drinking beer and cachaca all day but this is actually a great way of exploring the natural wonders all around Buzios. You will get into an old boat that will take you to several amazing spots. You will have a few stops to relax on secluded beaches or to snorkel in crystal clear waters.

Dining is of course a great activity in Buzios with thousands of restaurants all around town you will find many options to experience the local food. You will of course find many great restaurants for seafood, but be careful, they are not all great so try to do a bit of research before going to any good looking place.



Getting There

By Bus

You can catch a bus from Rio's bus terminal that will take you to Buzios in less than 3 hours. The bus company is called "1001" and there are buses leaving every 2 hours. Prices are around R$ 40 one way.





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Keep Connected


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.


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.


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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