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singapore
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Suggestions For Short Visit

As part of a longer cruise vacation, I have 2 short days in Rio.

I arrive on a Thursday afternoon (late Nov) around 4pm and will be staying near Copacabana Beach. Hoping to be able to catch sunset on the beach and possibly go for the Plataforma show that evening.

The next day I have a flight to Buenos Aires at 17.23 so I guess I have about 6 hours of sightseeing time, assuming I start before 8am. Would like to see Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf plus some city sights. Not sure if we should book a tour or do this on our own. But because time is short, it maybe less stressful to go on a tour?

After the cruise we fly back to Rio on a Sunday arriving at 11.30am. My connecting flight only leaves the next morning at 03.10am. So probably have half day of daylight sightseeing. Was considering either a jeep tour to the forest or just walking around, see more of the beach or shopping. Any recommendations?

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Philadelphia...
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for Rio de Janeiro
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reviews: 16
1. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

Tours take a long time picking up people from other hotels. Take a taxi and go on your own:

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour.

Ticket price for adults: R$46

http://bit.ly/13ASYDJ

Sugar Loaf Information:

Hours: the ticket office opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 7:50 p.m.

The park always closes one hour after the ticket office.

The cable cars depart every 20 minutes or whenever full capacity is reached (65 passengers).

Ticket price for adults: R$53

http://bit.ly/VVfKPf

http://bit.ly/AhvOtS

Lagoa is the neighborhood around the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. It is one of Rio's nicer areas for walking or biking.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas:

http://bit.ly/14jGscM

http://bit.ly/HcCoz7

Video of Lagoa:

http://bit.ly/HKJGqS

Rio’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is a nature park containing more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees and 140 species of birds.

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Jardim Botânico: An Oasis of Calm in Rio:

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Insider Guide to Rio:

http://bit.ly/x6BHkj

Top Places in Rio de Janeiro:

http://bit.ly/YPZZNZ

singapore
posts: 202
reviews: 20
2. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

Thanks for giving me so many good suggestions. I will need to explore further. I don't speak Spanish or Portugese so how easy is it for me to communicate with the taxi driver to get to the places that I want to go. (I am assuming that taxis are readily available on the roads?)

Is there any suggestions for a walking tour - I would also be interested to look at buildings and architecture and some parts of Lapa and places like Santa Teresa, Selaron Staircase, Sambodromo, Cathedral of San Sebastian. How do I get to these and are they all far apart?

By the way your suggestion for Lagoa looks really interesting andn ot something that I have thought of before. Thanks again.

Philadelphia...
Destination Expert
for Rio de Janeiro
posts: 6,708
reviews: 16
3. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

Your best bet would be to hire a guide, Here are links that feature 22 of the best local guides in Rio:

http://bit.ly/T0Vc8e

http://bit.ly/oLZYBj

Walking Tour: Lapa, Cinelândia, and Largo da Carioca:

http://on.natgeo.com/gsEZFN

singapore
posts: 202
reviews: 20
4. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

Thanks again. I realised there is a lot to see in Rio. So should I spend all the little time that I have in the city area vs going to do the Tijuca National Park - is that a must see in Rio? Because if I do the 4 hour tour, then I will be left with very little time to see the rest of Rio.

Philadelphia...
Destination Expert
for Rio de Janeiro
posts: 6,708
reviews: 16
5. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

If you hire a guide, you can do both. How much you spend in each area depends largely on what your primary interests are.

Just tell the guide exactly what you want to do in the short time you have in Rio.

singapore
posts: 202
reviews: 20
6. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

Yes will probably be hiring a guide.

But 1 more (rather silly) question: Is there any difference in taking a jeep tour to the forest or just going in a mini van? If its seeing pretty much the same sights (and doing a short walk), then jeep is not needed, right? ( I supposed there is no off road driving with the jeep?)

Philadelphia...
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posts: 6,708
reviews: 16
7. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

A Jeep is not needed.

São Paulo, Brazil
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8. Re: Suggestions For Short Visit

No need to hire a guide.

From Copacabana, take bus 511 to near Sugar Loaf and the trip up, and see the sunset from Sugar Loaf. Bus 511 (long route) or 512 (shorter) back to Copacabana.

Next day, get bus 583 to Cosme Velho, train up Corcovado, then down. Soak up the sun in at least two of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon (all three connected by 464 bus). Have lunch at Casa da Feijoada.

If you could get the train at 8 am, you could be down by 11 am at the latest. Allowing one hour for each of two beaches, one hour for taxi/bus rides and one hour for lunch, you'll be free at 3 pm.

And don't forget to try GLOBO biscuits, a Rio tradition (they are sold by vendors on the beach). The sweet variety is best.

Edited: 3:30 pm, October 23, 2013
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