Rio de Janeiro Journals

Marvellous City

A November 2001 trip to Rio de Janeiro by psjohn

Chave do Rio Hostel - HI Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: A week backpacking in Rio de Janeiro, seeing the touristy sites and meeting the locals.

Marvellous City

Overview

Backpacking  Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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- the tram to Santa Teresa
- Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado
- the cable car to Sugar Loaf
- stroll on the beach at Copacabana
- view across the bay from Niteroi
- eating in almost any restaurant

Quick Tips:

Brazilian food is fantastic, and with the exchange rates as they are, eating out is very affordable -- a third of the price of London or half California's prices.

Best Way To Get Around:

The metro is great between downtown, Botafogo and Copacabana, but limited otherwise. Buses and yellow licensed taxis are everywhere.
Chave do Rio Hostel - HI Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This hostel is amazing. I've stayed there twice, and both times met loads of people I've kept in touch with. The management is very friendly and laid back, and the facilities are fine. You have a choice of air-conditioned or non air-conditioned dorms. I don't remember if they had private rooms or not. There's a good communal room, with a beautiful hardwood floor and internet access. The location is OK, not wonderful, on a quiet, residential street about three miles north of Copacabana in Botafogo. Buses go to Copacabana and Ipanema from outside. The area seems reasonably safe by Rio standards. You can see up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer (so you can tell whether it's too cloudy to go or n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Chave do Rio Hostel - HI
Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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For only 50c, you can take the tram (bonji) from downtown Rio, near the bizarre cathedral, up to Santa Teresa, an affluent suburb in the hills. Kids hang off the sides of the tram for kicks as it hurtles up the hills. The tram goes through some shabbily beautiful areas of Rio, with views on either side of the embankment on which the tracks run. You go past Ronnie Biggs's old house (if you're not English, that'll be meaningless, but if you are English, I don't need to add anything), and end up in Santa Teresa in the hills. This is a very nice area indeed, with 19th-century pastel-colored houses around cobble squares, popular with Rio's yuppies -- sort of Rio's Montmatre. It has some fun bars and restau...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Tram to Santa Teresa
Near Cathedral to Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)

Attraction | "Christ the Redeemer"

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Amazing. OK, so the statue as a piece of art isn't that great. It's basically a fairly undistinguished, 60' high figure of a man, though you have to wonder how they got it to the top of the mountain. Let me get this out of the way -- you HAVE to go on a cloudless day, otherwise the statue could be obscured at any moment. It doesn't matter if the clouds aren't covering the statue when you go -- this can change surprisingly quickly. The train ride up to the top is fun. The track is mostly encased in forest, and the train goes up some very steep ridges. You get tantalising glimpses of the city below as you climb. But the view from the statue is nonetheless stunning. I went with a group fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

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