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Rio

Hi

I'm taking a last minute trip to Rio with my partner for his birthday and I'm only just starting to do research now so would really appreciate some help! We arrive on 20th February for just under two weeks and looking for some help in making the most our time in Brazil. I would appreciate some advice on where to stay in Rio that would allow us to feel safe walking to bars and restaurants on a night if possible and any hotel or b&b recommendations would be appreciated.

While in Rio we plan on seeing the main sights that I've picked up from the other forums so the main thing is where we base ourselves along with any other info people want to share.

After spending a bit of time in Rio we would like to go somewhere else in Brazil (or South America) that would allow us to spend some time relaxing (it does not have to be a beach) and taking in some surrounding sites. It would be good to have suggestions on where we should go and how best to get there and we would be happy to use train, flights or private car depending on the location and safest mode of travel.

We are flying out of Sao Paulo so will be heading there to return home but if our travels don't take us anywhere close to Sao Paulo we can arrange a connecting flight from Rio.

If the holiday goes well we hope to visit again in November to take in some other areas or perhaps fly to another part of South America so please don't feel restricted by suggestions as if we can't use them this time we could incorporate them into the future holiday.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone that can help.

Many thanks

Angela

Philadelphia...
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1. Re: Rio

If you’re thinking about spending time away from Rio de Janeiro, you might want to consider nearby Ilha Grande, Búzios, or Paraty.

1. Ilha Grande (Big Island) is 95 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. The island is a largely undeveloped protected area and noted for its beautiful beaches and hillsides covered in lush tropical forests. There are no cars and no banks on Ilha Grande, so bring cash with you since not all hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards. The largest village on the island is Vila do Abraão, where most of the visitor facilities are located, and can be reached from the mainland by local ferries and catamarans.

Ilha Grande Info:

http://bit.ly/oawyl

How to get to there:

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Angra dos Reis Info:

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2. Búzios is a beach resort with an active nightlife 105 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro with over 20 beaches in the vicinity.

http://bit.ly/tmgdUb

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How to get there:

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Búzios Info:

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3. Paraty (also Parati), a coastal historic town between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is about 160 miles from Rio and replete with picturesque cobbled streets, forests, waterfalls, islands, and an emerald-green sea.

Slide Show of Paraty:

http://nyti.ms/A4VOl3

Paraty Info:

http://bit.ly/yJYOyn

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How to get there:

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Weather in Paraty:

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Hostels in Paraty:

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4. Petrópolis. If you are also interested in a daytrip, consider Petrópolis, a popular mountain resort town located about 40 miles from Rio de Janeiro.

Petrópolis used to be the summer residence of the Brazilian emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century and was the official capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903. The town was named after Emperor Pedro I, the nation's first monarch.

Buses from Rio to Petrópolis leave daily from the long-distance bus terminal, Rodoviário Novo Rio.

Petrópolis Info:

http://bit.ly/yjcSPn

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5. Another popular day trip is Ilha de Paquetá.

Paquetá is a district of Rio de Janeiro situated on an island in the middle of the Guanabara Bay. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. You should schedule at least half a day to spend strolling around the island.

You can get to Paquetá by ferry, departing in the mornings from Praça XV in downtown (Centro) Rio. The ferry trip takes about one hour. You can also take the speedboat, leaving from a dock adjacent to the ferry.

Most of Paquetá’s houses date from the beginning of the 20th century, but there are some older constructions dating from the early 1700's, all of them well preserved. The whole island is beautifully landscaped, and because of its size and the fact that it is accessible only by boat, Paquetá is one of the safest places in Rio, with virtually no crime. It’s charming, laid-back, and a favorite spot for working-class Cariocas.

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Philadelphia...
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for Rio de Janeiro
posts: 7,742
reviews: 18
2. Re: Rio

“I would appreciate some advice on where to stay in Rio that would allow us to feel safe walking to bars and restaurants on a night if possible and any hotel or b&b recommendations would be appreciated.”

Ipanema and Leblon have a reputation for being safer than other Rio neighborhoods, but you need to be specific about your budget before anyone can make a meaningful recommendation about hotels.

Rio is a very pricey city, so be prepared for some sticker shock.

Edinburgh, United...
posts: 19
reviews: 9
3. Re: Rio

Thank you so much for your help at first glance some of the places look amazing!!! I'm off to do some more research but will certainly be incorporating some of the islands you have suggested.

Thank you again!

Angela

Edinburgh, United...
posts: 19
reviews: 9
4. Re: Rio

Hi

We are flexible with our price as the experience we have is the most important thing. We are happy to stay in one of the large hotels in a tourist area but I have been leaning towards some of the B&Bs because of the more personal service and perhaps more local neighbourhood. Botafogo and Santa Teresa sound nice would you recommend staying anywhere here?

With no restriction on budget where would you recommend in Ipanema and Leblon?

Angela

Philadelphia...
Destination Expert
for Rio de Janeiro
posts: 7,742
reviews: 18
5. Re: Rio

Botafogo and Santa Teresa are somewhat removed from the main tourist areas; I think you’d be better off staying in Ipanema.

Hotel Fasano:

http://bit.ly/X5ZAr6

London
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6. Re: Rio

Botafogo station is one stop from Copacabana and 10mins from Ipanema on the metro. Santa Teresa is a bit further but borders the nightlife area of Lapa.

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7. Re: Rio

Angela, have a look at Casa Mosquito tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303506-d231485…

Or, if you want something still located in the South Zone, but not next to the beach, have a look at Casa Caminho do Corcovado tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303506-d146660…

Edinburgh, United...
posts: 19
reviews: 9
8. Re: Rio

Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions! After much deliberation we have decided to stay in Santa Teresa in the Santa Teresa hotel. If anyone has any eating or drinking suggestions for Santa Teresa we'd love to hear them.

We then plan to visit Ilha Grande and Paraty before flying home ;0(. Again if anyone has any hotel or restaurant suggestion for the latter two places I'd love to hear them.

Thanks again for all the advice!

Angela

Philadelphia...
Destination Expert
for Rio de Janeiro
posts: 7,742
reviews: 18
9. Re: Rio

One of my favorite restaurants is the Espirito Santa Restaurant in Santa Teresa.

http://espiritosanta.com.br/

http://bit.ly/12i0IJd

For lunch or afternoon tea, try the Confeitaria Colombo in the nearby Centro District (Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32. Tel.: 2505.1500):

http://www.confeitariacolombo.com.br/siteen/

This elegant Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894 and is a good example of Rio’s café culture reminiscent of 19th Century Europe.

Hotel Santa Teresa:

http://bit.ly/HpAWdi

http://bit.ly/r3m8ZB

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