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Living in Rio

A November 2004 trip to Rio de Janeiro by driftingdeals

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Quote: This is a longer "trip." We live here in Rio: my husband, two teenage kids, and I. I'll give you some ideas as to how good the "tourist" suggestions are, the best times to visit, and fun things we've found for all of us.

Living in Rio

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Whatever else you do, don't miss going up Corcovado on the small train. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is amazing in itself (whatever your own personal convictions may be), and the view of Rio is stunning. You just have to watch the weather, as the statue in invisible when there are low clouds!Sugar Loaf Mountain is fun, another highly rated tourist spot. The cable car to get up there is regular and reliable.It's cheesy, but take a trip to the "Garota da Ipanema," a corner bar/restaurant where the song "The Girl from Ipanema" was (apparently) written. Locals crowd this place to sample their signature dish, Picanha, sliced beef on a sizzling skillet with fries, rice, and a couple of other ...Read More

Marius

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A popular recommendation for tourists, it is very much overpriced, especially when you can get similar meal for about half the price at other churrascarias.

Decor is "upmarket beachcomber." Marius has two restaurants next door to each other, one is meat-based and the other fish-based.

If you get to know Brazilian churrasco (barbecue), Marius really isn't anything special, despite the hype. It's a nice setting and the food is average, but there's a wide selection.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Marius
Av. Atlantica, 290
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22010-000
+ 55 21 2542 2393

Girl from Ipanema

Restaurant | "Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema)"

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We just love this place. It's touristy, yes, but still popular with the locals. It's hard to get seated on football-game nights!

Their house specialty is the picanha, sliced steak delivered on a sizzling plate for you to cook at your table. It comes with fries, vegetable rice, farofa, and salsa. One order is more than enough between two or even three people. An extensive menu is available, although only one or two of the desserts are usually available. It's cheap and cheerful, with street entertainment just outside. Even if you only go once, it's where they penned the song "The Girl from Ipanema," so it's worth a visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Girl from Ipanema
Ipanema
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Colombo Coffeehouse

Restaurant

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The location in Rua Goncalves Dias is the main branch of this cafe. Downstairs there is a sandwich/salad/cakes kind of place, which is excellent. Upstairs is a more formal restaurant called Cristovao, which really needs reservations. It's fairly pricey and far more formal, although not necessarily shirt-and-tie formal.Our favorite branch, though, is in the Forte de Copacabana. It has the same menu as the lower cafe, in a super location at one end of Copacabana Beach. You can sit outside and watch the entire length of the beach. You have to pay to go into the fort—just tell them you're going to the Cafe Colombo. It's only 2 reals to get in for an extremely pleasant place to have lunch. There are gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Colombo Coffeehouse
Rua Goncalves Dias, 32
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 21 232-2300

Teatro Municipal

Attraction | "Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre)"

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This is a beautiful building worth a tour in itself. Tickets are hard to come by, and the ticket office is almost impossible to find if you're not a local speaking fluent Portuguese! That said, it is a very nice place to watch a concert.

Seats are numbered from the center outwards, so you will find yourself sitting in seat nos. 9 and 11 next to each other, which is weird if you're not used to it. Brazilian audiences tend to be enthusiastic, and not averse to calling out requests, even at a classical concert!

Have your travel agent purchase tickets for you before arriving, and be patient with local "eccentricities."

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Teatro Municipal
Praça Floriano
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20031-050
+55 21 22974411

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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Do not miss this. Even if you're panicking about how high up this place is, don't. I have true vertigo (not acrophobia) and sometimes have issues about where I can or can't go. I managed Corcovado pretty well, so most anyone can. Very wide stone walls around the top keep you from feeling as though you're on the edge.Take the train from Cosme Velho station. It's a rickety thing, but you travel up through the forest, which is entertaining in itself. Friends who've gone up by car have mainly ended up with vomiting children in the back because of the twisting road.There are elevators and escalators from the train to the statue itself, so there aren't endless stairs, unless you feel like the pen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

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

Museu H. Stern

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Attraction | "H. Stern"

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Your hotel will probably try to give you a voucher to visit this place for free. Take it and use it. It's a great way to spend a morning, especially on those occasional rainy days Rio has.The nice people at H. Stern will send a car for you, show you how gems are found and made into jewellery, sit you down with refreshments, and let you try on anything you like from their store. Obviously they want you to buy it, but there's no hard sell. My kids are teenagers, and I thought they might be bored, but they found it quite entertaining and liked the free small scoop of fruit-based ice cream they were given. Even my tomboy-ish daughter unwound enough to look at some of the more modern pieces they had on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Museu H. Stern
Rua Garcia D'Avila, 113
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22421-010
+55 21 22597442