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Rio de Janeiro: It's more than a trip to the beach

An August 2002 trip to Rio de Janeiro by Jim Rosenberg

InterContinental Rio Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: Pulsating music, colorful celebrations and beautiful beaches are certainly part of Rio scene, but it would diminish one of the world’s great cities to reduce into terms that could adequately describe many tropical vacation destinations that couldn’t possibly compare to the sheer mass and importance of South America’s largest city.

Rio de Janeiro: It's more than a trip to the beach

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Rio from Urca Hill Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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In the area of "must-sees" for a tourist, the famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue is the city’s Eiffel Tower and it would be difficult to justify missing it. There is a train that takes visitors through the Tijuca preserve, a rain forest that surrounds the statue and is filled with tropical flora and fauna. As breathtaking as the views of Rio de Janeiro are from Corcovada, the views from Sugar Loaf are even better-- perhaps owing to the fact that instead of looking outward to the Atlantic, Sugar Loaf places you looking inward toward the city from the seaside. A system of cable cars takes visitors up in stages and there are well-developed amenities at each level. If you will b...Read More

InterContinental Rio

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Hotel | "Hotel Inter-Continental Rio"

InterContinental Rio Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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It may be Rio's finest lodging property and a true, full-service resort hotel. Located just across from comparatively laid-back and well-maintained Sao Conrado Beach, the Inter-Continental boasts four restaurants, a lounge, several swimming pools and an outstanding staff. While it requires transportation to get to some of the city's main tourist sites, taxis are not all that expensive and another reasonable alternative for mobility, security and convenience is the "car service", which is available through the hotel. Thanks to weakness of the Brazilian currency, this is a very affordable luxury and the drivers are registered with the hotel for added assurance. Check out the "Club Floors" (15-17)...Read More

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InterContinental Rio
AV. AQUARELA DO BRASIL 75
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
552133232200

Hippie Fair of Ipanema

Attraction | "Hippie Fair"

Hippie Fair of Ipanema Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays only, Rio's Hippie Fair is a lively street market set up on a large city square. Items for sale often tend to be of a higher quality on average than one might find at typical street markets in other locations. Clothing, leather goods, art, jewelry and curious are all available in abundance. If you are looking for a place to find your quintessential souvenir of your visit to Brazil, this is an excellent place to try. The market is popular and it is NOT just for tourists; you'll find plenty of local people taking it in. It's an active and wonderful place to spend a few hours. If you want to leave the bustle, just head to the interior of the block and grab a...Read More

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Hippie Fair of Ipanema
Praça General Ozório Ipanema
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugarloaf Mountain

Attraction | "Sugar Loaf"

Sugarloaf Mountain Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sugar Loaf provides an outstanding summit from which to take photographs of Rio de Janeiro and its impressive Atlantic shoreline. Cable cars take riders to the summit in stages and the very best pictures (in our opinion) were available from the lower summit (Urca Hill), prior to the second stage that takes you to Sugar Loaf itself. It's very easy to find Sugar Loaf, for like the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, it is visible from miles away from the beaches to many parts of the city. The cable car system is solid and not as scary as it looks. It first began service in 1912 and it was renovated in 1972. The best bet is probably to arrive in the morning early enough to get ahead of the c...Read More

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2461-2700

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)

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Attraction | "Christo Redentor"

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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In the area of “must-sees” for a tourist, the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue is the city’s Eiffel Tower and it would be difficult to justify missing it. There is a train that takes visitors through the Tijuca preserve, a rain forest that surrounds the statue and is filled with tropical flora and fauna. We saw a few monkeys at the top as we waited for the return ride down. The statue itself is impressive, but it quickly becomes apparent that the great pictures of that famous work are not taken from the viewing area at the base. The best shots are likely achieved from helicopters, since the massive size makes it difficult to gather everything in a nicely composed shot. Located on the summit of...Read More

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

Touring around Rio Securely

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Rio de Janeiro is not the kind of place to be standing around with a funny hat, a camera hanging around your neck and your nose stuck in a map, looking naïve. Just as there are things you want to see, there are places you definitely don’t want to be. It is a place to have a plan and walk with purpose. Our first choice was private car service, which could be arranged through the hotel or directly with the driver. (Our driver is part of a group with a website: http://www.carlimoservice.kit.net/). He was outstanding and provided not only transportation, but a lot of insight into the business, political and natural environment. This is not all that expensive and we believe it provides the...Read More

Beat the heat:

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“Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking, And when she passes each one she passes goes “a-a-ah!”” Mention Rio de Janeiro to a lot of people and the images can often revolve around samba dancing, its wild carnaval season preceding Ash Wednesday and that famous bossa nova tune about a beautiful woman who “looks straight ahead, not at me”. Pulsating music, colorful celebrations and beautiful beaches are certainly part of the Rio scene, but it would diminish one of the world’s great cities to reduce into terms which could adequately describe many tropical vacation destinations that couldn’t possibly compare to the sheer mass and importance of South...Read More