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When my baby and I went to Rio

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A March 2002 trip to Rio de Janeiro by Kez

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: Rio there is nothing like it! It is legendary for it's beaches and nightlife and has so many instantly recognisable landmarks all situated around the famous Guanabara Bay it was a dream come true to visit this beautiful place. It is difficult to describe the vibrant pulse or energy of the city without feeling it for yourself as it is the "Cariocas" zest for life that makes the city truly "marvellous".

When my baby and I went to Rio

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Taking a break at one of the beach huts Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Besides the people and their outgoing, relaxed and happy attitude to life, there are certain well-known icons that you cannot visit the city and miss. Firstly, the cable car ride up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and also the tram up to Corcovado with the statue of Christ the Redeemer; then there is also the largest football stadium in the world, Maracana but only if you are a fan. As this was at the end of a 5 week jaunt through Sth America we decided to opt out on doing the rest of the touristy sights and enjoy Rio for what it is famous for, it's beach culture. That's what we did and had a blast! So don't forget the world famous beaches. Make sure you save time to spend hanging out on the beach...Read More

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

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Hotel

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Well located near the beach this would be one of the best value and friendliest hotels that we have ever stayed in. All the staff including the reception staff, waiters and porters were just so helpful and obliging. We were only able to secure a twin bed room on our first night (Easter break and it was very busy) but Jiminez on the front desk went out of his way to move us the next morning. We were moved right up to the 11th floor with great views south towards the beach, the bay and mountains. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a semi-sitting room in the entry area with a hallway leading off from this into the main living area, this was complete with bed and dining table...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2002

Atlantis Copacabana Hotel
RUA BULHOES DE CARVALHO 61
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
215211142

Hotel Debret

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Hotel

Hotel Debret Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This was not our favourite place to stay. Firstly we found that the Reception staff were cool and officious and the porters unhelpful. We prebooked this hotel before leaving home and chose it for its position and nicely presented rooms. Having a confirmed booking we arrived very late and found they had cancelled our booking but luckily were still able to accommodate us but in a twin room and not a double as we had booked. We asked to be moved to a double the next morning and it was done. Both of the rooms we stayed in were nothing like the brochure or the rooms on the website, they were older and obviously not recently refurbished as we were led to believe. They were small and did not ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Hotel Debret
Avenida Atlantica 3564
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21 5220132

Copacabana Beach

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Attraction | "Hanging out at the beach!"

Copacabana Beach Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Hanging out at one of Rio's famous beaches is the best free entertainment you will ever find. You have seen all the famous pictures but there is nothing like seeing it in action. It is whole culture tied up in itself. Males preen and flex, females twitter and flutter. Then there is the parading option of moving up and down certain sections of sand. Then there is the Adonis option where the young males stretch and pose and stand in the one position for what seems eternity looking just "perfect". Then there is also the boy meets girl scenario, a friendly meet all the while still showing the physique off to its best to any other potential catch. Then there is the sporty type who will start up a g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugarloaf and City Tour

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Attraction | "Sugar Loaf and City Tour"

Sugarloaf and City Tour Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This is the worst tour that I think we have ever taken. This was what was advertised: Ascend by cable car to Sugar Loaf, ride through Flamingo Park and the downtown, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. See the historic monuments. This is the reality: Pick up all the remaining passengers we are 1 hour into the 4 hours of the tour. Drive along the road past the main government house. Then to the Maracana football stadium, pay 4 reals if you wished to enter to see an empty stadium if not wait outside on the concourse. Then drive on to the Sambadrome, seeing an empty sambadrome is not very exciting I am sorry to say. Next stop Sugar Loaf Mountain, well worth going to but able to be done ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Sugarloaf and City Tour
Rua Zelferino de Oliveira, 5 Sao Cristovao
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugarloaf Cablecar

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Attraction | "The cablecar up to Sugarloaf"

Sugarloaf Cablecar Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The cable car ride up to Sugarloaf is something that you must do when you come to Rio, it is an icon. The cable car ride is actually two separate trips, the first up to Urca and the second up to the top of Sugarloaf. Personally, I was glad to be off the cable car as it dosen't feel all that secure. This may have something to do with the fact that when we were there they were due to close the whole operation down in a days time for a major overhaul. Each gondola is quite large and offers viewing around the whole car. Although the queue can look long it does not take that long a wait to board. The views are are sublime and stretch forever along both sides of the coast and inland. It is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2002

Sugarloaf Cablecar
Urca
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)

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Attraction | "Corcovado with Christ the Redeemer"

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The statue of Christ the Redeemer standing guardian overlooking the city of Rio is one of the most iconic & famous sights in the world. Look out for it when travelling from the airport into the heart of the city. There is no way that you would come to Rio and not make the trip up to the top of Corcovado as the mountain that the statue is built on is known. My tips are: 1. Check out the weather before doing the trip to the top. It can be a beautiful day & just when you arrive at the top, the clouds can come over & completely obscure--& I mean completely cover--the whole statue. 2. Skip the tour bus scene. Take a local bus & allow an hour travelling each w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)
Corcovado Mountain
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Petrópolis

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Attraction | "Day trip to Petropolis"

Petrópolis Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Petropolis is known as the Imperial city, as this was where the Emperor, his family, and their court used to escape the summer heat in the 1800's. The town still has a European feel to it left over from these days. The journey begins by driving through the outskirts of Rio. After this, the road twists and winds its way up through the lush and tropical forest known as "Serra de Orgoas". The scenery is dramatic, with one side of the highway dropping away steeply. Try to sit on the left hand side of the bus on the way up, as this will offer the best view. Don't panic about the driver overtaking on all the blind corners, as the road is actually a separate highway for each direction. When you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2004

Petrópolis
60 meters north of Rio
Petrópolis, Brazil 25770-320
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