Rio de Janeiro Journals

Rarities in Rio

An October 2010 trip to Rio de Janeiro by akakd

Rios Presidente Hotel Photo, More Photos
Quote: Looking for something more than Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer Statue, & beaches? Read more for some lesser visited sites.

Largo do Boticario (Apothecary's Square)

Attraction | "A glimpse into old Rio."

Largo do Boticario (Apothecary's Square) Photo,
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Apothecary's Square, also known as Largo do Boticario, is best visited at the same time as Corcovado & the Museu Internacional de Arte Naif (MIAN). Leaving the MIAN, turn left & at the corner, cross the street, heading toward the bus station. Walk past the bus station & a short walk away on the right is the Rua Cosme Velho 815. Turn right onto the Rua Cosme Velho 815 & walk down to the Largo do Boticario or Apothecary's Square, marked simply by a small plaque. This tiny piece of Old Rio dates to the 1920's in neo-colonial style. The houses are privately owned & occupied, so can't be visited, but the small square is nice for a photo op & some quiet time away from the hustle...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2010

Largo do Boticario (Apothecary's Square)
Cosme Velho
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22241-090

Museu Internacional de Arte Naif

Attraction | "Irreverent Art"

Museu Internacional de Arte Naif Photo,
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Located very near the entrance of the Cristo Redentor Monument (turn left out of the train station) is the MIAN--Museu Internacional de Arte Naif or International Museum of Naive Art. When we arrived, the gate to the entrance was padlocked, but we rang the doorbell at the gate & were let in. We were the only visitors in this unique museum, overflowing with vibrant color. The term naive is applied to art practiced by the self-taught. As you walk in, you are immediately drawn to a vast canvas measuring 13X23 feet titled Rio de Janeiro, I Like You, I Like Your Happy People. On the mezzanine level is a huge 78 feet long mural that covers the upper two walls, depicting historical events. Remember...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2010

Museu Internacional de Arte Naif
Rua Cosme Velho, 561 Cosme Velho
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22241-090
+55 21 22058612

Santa Teresa

Attraction | "Hang On!"

Santa Teresa Photo,
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The adventure is getting TO the artsy area of Santa Teresa on the Bonde Tram over the Aquaduct. The Estacao de Bonde in the center of downtown Rio has only one ticket window & lines can be very long. Tickets are cheap. For those daring enough, choose to hang off the side of the crowded tram. The tram chugs across the ancient Arcos da Lapa , the picturesque whitewashed aquaduct. Once there, several museums & handicraft shops crowd the little streets of Santa Teresa. If you're into trains & trams, a quick visit to the two-roomed Museu do Bonde may be of interest. The museum is small, but free. The gate leading to the museum is actually more interesting than the museum itself. Made o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2010

Santa Teresa
Ladeira de Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20241-140
Not applicable

Rio's Presidente Hotel

Hotel | "3* Hotel in City Center"

Rio's Presidente Hotel Photo,
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The Rio Presidente is a three-star hotel in the city center of Rio within walking distance of the Bondo Train over the Aquaduct to Santa Teresa. The checkin process took a very long time & staff were not particularly helpful or friendly. Our room was quite large & the ensuite bathroom was large & modern with a huge shower and lots of counterspace. The windows, however, were rusted open & since they didn't have screens on them, we got bugs in the room & the room was very noisy with the street sounds below. The room rate was reasonable, however, the noise level made it difficult to sleep. The location was also far from many of the tourist sites, & taxis were expensive. The...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2010

Rio's Presidente Hotel
Rua Pedro I, 19
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20060-050
(21) 2123-5900