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An August 2009 trip to Rio de Janeiro by Linda Hoernke

Sugarloaf Mountain Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: Rio de Janeiro is known for Carnival, it's glorious beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema and famous sites such as Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains. It is also a city with a wealth of history, interesting museums, churches and monasteries.

Siqueira Grill

Restaurant | "Weight by the Kilo"

Siqueira Grill Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This excellent restaurant is a few blocks off Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The food is set up buffet style and you can eat as much as you want and pay for it by the kilo, whether it is steak, fish or deserts. They specialize in Brazilian dishes along with along with a wonderful salad and desert bar. The food is freshly made everyday and the dining experience is wonderful. I actually ate more kilos in deserts than my husband ate in meats!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2009

Siqueira Grill
Rua Siqueira Campos, 16 - Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2255-3446

Meia Pataca

Restaurant

Meia Pataca Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Meia Pataca has been in buisness for 40 years and is located right across the street from Copacabana Beach. They have indoor as well as outdoor seating with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. The atmosphere is friendly and a good place to meet locals and other visitors to Rio. The staff is friendly and most of them speak English...they also have English menus. Their food is outstanding! They serve the best pizza in Rio along with assorted fish delicacies, including "Paella Vallenciana". You can order a sandwhich, omelet or a full blown dinner with all the trimmings, including octopus and lobster. Leave room for desert and make sure to try the "Petite Gateau", a chocolate lovers delight! They also...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

Devassa

Restaurant

Devassa Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This restaurant is right across the street from Copacabana Beach. The food is terrific but the restaurant is actually known for the beer. In 2001 two bussinessmen from Rio de Janeiro wanted to add something to the Rio market and restaurants; that was a premium high quality drafted beer that carried all the Brazilian characteristics. They developed the Devassa that is now sold at the Devassa bars and restuarants in Copacabana, Ipanema and other areas of the city around Rio. This high quality beer goes along with a great menu. I had a fish that was baked under a bed of spinach and topped with a fine crust. The steaks and meat dishes are delicious and the rest of the menu offers a wide variety. The atmos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2009

Rio Othon Palace

Hotel | "Best Hotel on the Beach"

Rio Othon Palace Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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I can only give the Rio Othon Palace the best reviews. Our plane landed in Rio early morning and they had our room ready even though it was hours before check-in time. The staff was helpfull in filling all our needs including changing money, room service and setting up a tour. The room was clean when we got there and cleaned everyday. The views of Cococabana Beach were incredible. The swimming pool on the 30th floor was wonderful and also clean. The location is perfect....restaurants and cafes within walking distance. The hotel did have iternet service but the charge was high. No problem though because there was an internet place around the corner...along with a pharmacy and grocery store. The gym nex...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2009

Rio Othon Palace
AVENIDA ATLANTICA 3264
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2525 1500

Sugarloaf Mountain

Attraction

Sugarloaf Mountain Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sugarloaf Mountain or Pao de Acucar as it is known, is a natural wonder which was formed 600 million years ago out of granite and quartz. Portuguese navigators used this monolithic morro as an entrance to Guanabara Bay because of it's visibility from the sea. Rising almost 1300 feet above sea level, it's name refers to it's shape and resembles a traditional refined loaf of sugar. The glass cable cars to the top were a dream of engineer Augusto Ramos who was ridiculed by people telling him his only engineering feat would be to a madhouse. In 1908 the first cars were built to the top of the mountain. There are two stages...the first car rises over 700 feet to the top of Urca Hill, affording spectacular...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2009

Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2461-2700

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor)

Attraction | "Christ Redeemer & Corcovado Mountain"

Christ the Redeemer Statue (O Cristo Redentor) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio's most famous site is the Statue of Christ holding his arms wide open welcoming visitors and blessing the city of Rio. The 100 foot statue covered with mosaic soapstone stands on the hill of Corcovado, which is about 2400 feet high. There is also a small chapel at the base of the statue which is a holy pilgrimage site for Catholics. The peak of Corcovado is a granite dome with steep sides creating a vertical rocky formation. From the train terminus or the road, the foot of the statue is reached by climbing 223 steps. For those that are not up to the climb, the statue can be reached by an elevator. The original design and engineer in charge of the construction was Heitor da Silva Costa, a Brazili...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2009

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

Jardim Botânico (Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden) Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Jardim Botanico is located in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. The gardens were founded by Emperor JoaoVI in 1808. It is one of the top 10 most important botanical gardens in the world and is recognized as a Living Museum in the area of Botany. It is also a UNESCO site and covers 41 acres. The Park holds specimens of Brazilian and world flora such as orchids, tropical trees, bromeliads and royal water platters. It is a true ecological sanctuary. For over 200 years Jardim has continued their botanical research and the conservation of collections. One of the most famous are the Royal Palms which line the entrance. Known as the Avenue of Royal Palms, there is a total of 134 palm trees that span 800 yar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2009

Jardim Botânico (Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden)
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008 (jardim Botânico)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22470-180
55 21 22946947

Favela Tour

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Favela Tour  Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Favelas are communities of the poor that are basically run by drug lords and gangs. There are over 750 in Rio. We visited Rocinha, the largest with around 100,000 residents. There are no hospitals and if one gets sick, they have to go to the free hospital in the city, only to wait for hours. There are also no police in the Favelas as they were ousted years ago by the drug lords. Good thing as the police were more corrupt than the drug lords in those communities. There was one case where one of the banks were robbed by the police. There is a sense of community among the people that live there and they help out and watch over each other. When someone builds a home in the area, they typically own it ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

Favela Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 (21) 3322-2727

Museu Histórico Nacional

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Attraction | "Museu Historico Nacional"

Museu Histórico Nacional Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The National Historic Museum is equivalent to traveling through the pages of Brazilian history from the time of it’s indigenous people to the landing of the Portuguese on the shores of Brazil and up to the present day. The museum holds permanent and temporary exhibitions, along with hosting several events, courses, seminars, videos and special activities for minors. One of the permanent exhibitions are carriages showing the evolution of techniques and the ideas of comfort of those times. Among them, is the "caleche" or carriage of Emperor D. Pedro II's. The Museum's Historic Archives has 50,000 documents and manuscripts on Brazilian History, and the Library, with 57,000 volumes on arts, music, heraldi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2009

Museu Histórico Nacional
Rua Marechal Âncora, s/n
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20021-200
+55 21 22205450

Irmandade da Santa Cruz dos Militares Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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On a walking tour of the downtown district of Rio, we came upon a church called Irmandade da Santa Cruz dos Militares. Built in 1623 on the grounds of a fortress, this Military Friary of the Holy Cross originated due to the wishes of the officers and soldiers on duty in the fortress to have a chapel they could be eventually buried in. The church is of Mina’s baroque style with rich wood carvings in the altar walls which represent the passion of Our Lord as well as trophies and military ensigns.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2009

Irmandade da Santa Cruz dos Militares
Rue primeiro de Marco, 36-Centro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 (21) 2509-3878

Igreja e Mosteiro de São Bento

Attraction | "Mosteiro de Sao Bento"

Igreja e Mosteiro de São Bento Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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We walked to the Mosteiro de Sao Bento or Saint Benedict Monastery and as most monasteries, it was an uphill climb to reach. The monastery was constructed in 1565, twenty years after the founding of Rio. They continue to have daily masses with Gregorian singing. It once housed the nations first law school and is now a place of silence, peace, prayer and activities directed by the monks. The Monastery also has a collage, a school of Theology, the Social Department and more. The building is simple on the outside with the inner architecture being a work of history reflected in it's designs.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2009

Igreja e Mosteiro de São Bento
Rua Dom Gerardo, 68
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20090-030
+55 21 22917122

Candelaria Church

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Candelaria Church Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro is known for Carnival, it's glorious beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema and famous sites such as Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains. It is also a city with a wealth of history, interesting museums, churches and monasteries. We spent two days walking the downtown area of the financial district exploring and wished we would have allotted more time to visit all of the remarkable sites that Rio has to offer. Visited the Candelaria Church…one of the most beautiful and historical churches in the Rio area. The church was built in the 18th century and is richly decorated, combining a Baroque facade with a Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance inner decoration. . It has a Latin Cross plan, marb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2009

Candelaria Church
Praca Pio X (Downtown)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil