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Food

Tom Le Mesurier

"Foodies visiting Rio should break out of the standard tourist neighbourhoods of Ipanema and Leblon and hunt down Rio's wonderful markets. On Thursday mornings, head to Feira da Glória (Glória street market) and browse the stalls crammed full of exotic fruits (many vendors will offer you free samples), cheese and street food.
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Area Tips

Gabriela Galvao

"Rio de Janeiro is a must see city if you go visit Brazil. Brazilians normally refer to it as “A Cidade Maravilhosa” which translates to “Marvelous City”, referring to its beautiful beaches, positive atmosphere, welcoming people and fun environment. The hot climate in Rio throughout the year allows locals and tourists to take part in outdoors activities at all times. As simple as going for a swim on Copacabana Beach or going skydiving at Pedra da Gavea, the opportuniti...

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Food

Gabriela Galvao

"Pao de Queijo, Biscoito Globo and Brigadeiro - those are just a few of many snacks that the Brazilian menu has to offer. Rio is rated as the second best city in Brazil for food. Every corner of Rio will provide you with some yummy food to taste. The best food in the city is in Zona Sul (South End), in which you can discover beautiful, cheap and delicious fare. If you are feeling like a big spender, go to Fasano Restaurante, or any other restaurant at the Viera Souto Avenue (y...

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Neighborhoods

Gabriela Galvao

"Rio is divided into four zones: Zona Sul (South End), Zona Norte (North End), Zona Oeste (West End) and O Centro (Center Zone). Each one of the districts has its own unique characteristics and activities.

Zona Sul is definitely the most touristy one, full of beautiful beaches, shopping malls, hotels and bustling human activity during day and night.
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Family

Gabriela Galvao

"One of the reasons that locals and tourists love Rio is because of its family related activities. The city has its own website (Rio’s Familia Abordo) just related to daily activities made for families, including tours to Zoo’s, photography classes and many cultural activities.
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Adventure

Gabriela Galvao

"If you are one of those types that love the outdoors and nature, ready your GoPro and go exploring! There is an option for every type of adventurer in Rio. You can go skydiving at Pedra Bonita, zip lining in the rainforest, canoeing at Guanabara Bay and maybe even learn to surf at Prainha! Most of these activities cost money, but they provide a full package of pick-up and drop-off options, photos and videos and a professional instructor, so you don’t have to worry about any...

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Nightlife

Gabriela Galvao

"It is unacceptable to visit Brazil and not try its signature alcoholic beverage – Caipirinha; it is the nation’s favorite. Caipirinha is a mix of cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime (or any other fruit of your choice). It is a refreshing and smooth drink, which goes well with the hot weather.
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Arts & Music

Gabriela Galvao

"Rio is the heart of the art scene in Brazil. Many of the biggest entertainment companies in Brazil are located there, and several of the famous Brazilian artists started their careers in Rio. Make sure when you go visit to check the city’s official website for upcoming shows and exhibits. If you are a museum lover, make sure not to miss the opportunity to visit the following options:
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Food

Brazil Rio

“My favorite restaurants in Rio are in my favorite places in the city. More than just a good food they are inserted in a deeper experience. So, my number one is "Bar da Pracinha", in Alto da Boa Vista, at the Tijuca Forest Gates. The second is in my second favorite place in the city, The "Prainha" beach in Grumari. The restaurant is in a great sightseeing place and has amazing sea food. "Mirante da prainha". My second best. The third one is in a historic place and the waiter...

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Neighborhood

Brazil Rio

"Beside the major touristic points, obviously, I recommend visiting the historic buildings in Centro. You can cross the bridge to Niterói and then return by the ferry for some great views. Just avoid the rush hours!"

Nightlife

Brazil Rio

"If you are looking for a good time and a fun night in Rio, the nightlife nowadays can be found in Ipanema and Lapa. However, it is also a place to find tons of tourists."

Family

Brazil Rio

"Rio has not too much activities for small kids but many of the malls have play places inside. I recommend put sunblock over the kids and enjoy the beach!"

Adventure

Brazil Rio

"Adventure activities is what Rio is about! Hang-gliding is one of the top things to do! You can also climb to the top of our famous Sugarloaf Mountain. If you are looking for something a little easier, take a walk along the beaches or hike the many trails available."

Shopping

Brazil Rio

"Rio Sul mall in Botafogo is the place to check out. If you want some souvenirs, head to Uruguaiana Public Market in Centro by using our Metro!"

Food

Seps

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Neighborhoods

Seps

"Most people head to the center of Búzios for many good reasons: it is breathtakingly beautiful, well preserved, offers great dining, bars, boutiques, and nightlife. Also, it has a wonderful Orla Bardot Boulevard with sunset bars to chill out. If you just like to walk on a quiet beach, head to Tucuns. It is a long beach with usually a big surf, and dangerous under currents (thus not normally the place to swim), but it is the perfect place to stroll around and to enjoy the spe...

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Nightlife

Seps

"Most Búzios nightclubs and bars are located in Orla Bardot area close to the famous Brigitte Bardot statue designed by sculptor Christina Motta. They are full of people during weekends, particularly during summer months. Many discos are open until sunrise. Many change owners and names frequently. Patio Havana - a long time favorite - also offers a good vibe and live music on weekends."

Family

Seps

"Like most Brazilians, go to the beach. There are more than 20 to choose from. Some favorite beaches include: Geriba, Tartaruga, Brava, Joao Fernandez, Tucuns, and Praia dos Ossos. If you like to see more of the Búzios Peninsula, rent a buggy or hop in a Búzios Trolley, an open sided bus that departs from Orla Bardot. You can also take part on a boat ride, that usually last 2-3 hours and visits some famous beaches with the opportunity to swim and/or snorkel."

Adventure

Seps

"Búzios offers good spots for both snorkeling and scuba. The best scuba diving areas are located in Arraial do Cabo, a 30-40 minute drive away. All local scuba companies offer dive-trips to Arraial. If you wish to do some short treks, go to the beach of Brava, walk to the right end of the beach and take a trail heading to the mountain. The trail takes you to the nude beach of Olho de Boi, but if you prefer, you can return half way. The trail offers beautiful views over Brava ...

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Arts & Music

Seps

"Búzios offers some good art galleries. They are mainly located along Rua das Pedras in the center; some are at the Porto da Barra complex in Manguinhos. Many shops also sell locally made artifacts, and some shops offer nice Búzios -style furniture, carpets and, artworks."

Nightlife

Renato Pinheiro

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Family

Renato Pinheiro

"Cristo Redentor, Pão de Aҫúcar, and Copacabana are mandatory, but you should also visit the National Museum, the Maracanã Stadium, and there is also a very nice boat ride in Guanabara Bay. Another very special place is Pedra Bonita, from there you’ll have a very beautiful view from the west zone of the city, and you can see and even go skydiving."

About Rio de Janeiro

The city of Rio de Janeiro, famous for its natural beauty, blending the green of the mountains with the blue of the sea, has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the category Urban Cultural Landscape, due to creative human intervention in a spectacular landscape. Living within this landscape are friendly and hospitable people, making the city a very special destination.

With a tropical climate, and an annual average temperature of 22ºC, the city can be visited all year round. In the summer the New Year celebration brings two million people to Copacabana beach for the fireworks display, and Carnival, attracts thousands to the Sambadrome to watch the Samba School Parade, plus the fun of dressing up and joining in the street dancing all over the city. In the cooler seasons, the visitor can enjoy the milder climate and appreciate the cultural side of the city, with its various museums, parks and cultural centers.

At any time of year, there are various sights for the tourist to enjoy, starting with one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of Rio's most popular tourist attractions. It stands within the Tijuca National Park, on the Corcovado Mountain, at a height of 710 meters, from where one can enjoy wonderful views of the city. Within the Park is Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, where visitors can follow the trails and find the views and waterfalls. Another amazing green area to visit is the Botanical Gardens, a living museum with more than 8,000 plant species, and special attractions such as the orchid, bromeliad and cactus houses.

Another tour with spectacular views is the Sugar Loaf. Two mountains are linked by a cable car system, and the taller of the two is 396 meters high, providing a wonderful view of Flamengo Park and Copacabana. A visit to the beach at Copacabana is a must, and the visitor can follow the curve and end up on Ipanema beach, famous for the Girl from Ipanema. More beaches stretch along the coast, eventually arriving at Prainha and Grumari, protected as ecological reserves.

Restaurants offer a full international menu, but visitors should make sure they try the following three national dishes. First of all is the "feijoada", made with rice and black beans, "farofa" (seasoned manioc flour), chopped kale, orange slices and various types of salt meat and sausages, cooked with the black beans. Next comes the barbecue house (churrascaria) where meat on the spit only stops coming round when you've had enough, accompanied by salads and other delicious side dishes. The third tip is to try the seafood, which is abundant, varied and always fresh.

Night life in Rio offers a variety of attractions, in different parts of the city. There are famous nightclubs, samba shows, bars with live music and inviting dance floors, with every type of music imaginable, but not to be missed are the more traditional venues with a surprising variety of samba and bossa nova music - here the visitor will enjoy the true Brazilian rhythms.

Come to Rio! Christ the Redeemer and the whole city welcomes all visitors with open arms!

Information provided by:Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau