New Years in Rio, where I stayed, did and saw...
by iverge on January 18, 2008
Wonderful hotel and perfectly located right on Copacabana Beach. Hotel is very modern and what you would expect from a Marriott hotel in service levels, decor and amenities. Try and avoid the atrium rooms as they do not have an outside view but look onto the inner atrium of the hotel. Roof top pool with breath-taking views, complete spa and fitness centre with complimentary water. Hotel security is very good as they have several 24 hour guards. the hotel has a great Sushi restaurant where you pay $25USD for all you can enjoy. If you want peace of mind, superb comfort and top notch hotel amenities then this place is worth the money. Just behind the hotel there are many shops, cafes, restaurants, fruit markets and grocery stores were you can always buy water, drinks and snacks.
by iverge on February 18, 2008
One of Rio's historic restaurants where presidents, writers, actors, poets have frequented. It opened its doors in 1874. The decor is simple, traditional and classic—spacious with wooden chairs and tables, and white tablecloths that match the white columns. The menu is traditional, and the steaks are most popular. Try the famous Lamas Steak and the fillet with chips, onion, ham and peas. Another good option is codfish cakes to be savored with cold draught beer. Save room for dessert... the flans are amazing!
Gay dance club with an after-hours (Bunker) next door. The place is hot and so are the bar boys. Entry is $10USD. Really good house music open until 3AM on weekends. Careful of the many shady characters hanging outside the club when you exit. Be prepared to line up because this place is busy.
Nice place if you want to hit as many stores in a short amount of time. It's about 15-20 min away by taxi from Copacabana beach. You'll find your Nike, Diesel and Addidas here but you'll also find many local retailers with unique items you couldn't get back home at ok prices. There are also several nice restaurants for a mall setting. There is also a movie theater located in the mall.
Trust me, once you spend New Years in Rio you'll want to come back every year. With over a million people all dressed in white you can feel the electricity and excitement in the air. Traditional celebrations also take place where locals pray to the gods for a better future. The nights fireworks is spectacular! You'll be blown away. One of my life's best experiences.
A MUST when in Rio. The views are breathtaking and you feel like you are on top of the world. Take a round trip flat-rate taxi which should be about $30 total.
Very charming Museum in a fantastic area. Perfect for a day trip. The Amsterdam Sauer is a Brazilian gemstone dealer who moved from France in the 1950s. He opened the second largest store for gemstones in all of Brazil. The museum takes its name from the city in the Netherlands which was the biggest importer of diamonds and other gemstones in Europe during the last century. The museum in the heart of the city shows off many of Sauer's original finds when he worked as a miner, gemologist, geologist, and finally as a jeweler. They also have a shop were you can find really good prices on jewelry, bonus it's tax free for tourists.
by iverge on January 19, 2008
Among the hotels that line the beach in RIO it's sometimes easy to forget the vast amount of poverty that exists in the city. But no matter what I have always found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming. They have an amazing positive spirit in spite of their living conditions. I saved all my hotel soap, shampoo, lotion etc.. the day I left, gave it away to a mother and her children who were living on the streets. I would encourage all tourists to do the same. It's called instant karma.
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