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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour
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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

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Take your Rio de Janeiro sightseeing experience into your own hands on this customizable, private tour of the Marvelous City. Alongside a ‘carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro resident) and personal driver, tick off top Rio attractions chosen by you. Personalize your itinerary according to your interests and only visit the sites you wish to see: your guide tailors the tour according to preferred themes, such as food, history, or sport, and offers undivided attention throughout. Pickup and drop-off from your Rio de Janeiro hotel are included.
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PortAzor wrote a review Aug 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands249 contributions36 helpful votes
Built in 1947 as a result of a promise made by Franciscan Friar João José Pedreira de Castro, who would build a monument to Our Lady of Fátima if he was cured of an illness. "With much sacrifice and unwavering faith in God, he constructed this Throne" with the help of many others. As mentioned in a previous review, it's not easy to get to, you'd either need your own transportation or a taxi or be adventurous enough for the climb there. There is not a lot of parking available but when I went, there weren't many visitors and so easy enough to park. It's a great place for prayer and reflection providing some good views of the area around Petropolis. The statue of Our Lady is quite striking and tall. Below the "Trono" is a small chapel for prayer and devotion. At the entrance to the chapel is a plaque explaining the origin of the "Trono." Around the area are a place where objects of promises or "ex votos" are kept. These are wax figures representing a part of the body that was healed or for which a prayer intention was made to Our Lady. There is also a small cafe for beverages, food, etc. As well there is a kiosk of religious goods, rosaries, statues, prayer cards, etc. One item that particularly caught my eye were small clay statues of a variety of saints made by a local artisan They are inexpensive and a great souvenir to bring back for someone or a reminder of your visit to this place.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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giasida wrote a review Mar 2017
Vitoria, ES19 contributions4 helpful votes
It is a little bit difficult to reach and parking the car due the hill road, but Is a nice view from there.
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Date of experience: August 2016
robert s wrote a review Sep 2015
Rio de Janeiro, RJ30 contributions6 helpful votes
A traditional town landmark with a view of the historical centre. Needs a little more care, but ok...
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Date of experience: December 2014
RayParks wrote a review Aug 2015
Adelaide, Australia2712 contributions315 helpful votes
I joined a ViaCopa Day-tour to Petropolis on Saturday 13th June. It was the last day of my six-day visit to Rio. As we had to wait in a long queue to enter the Imperial Palace, we were really behind the schedule. So it was already dark, by the time we arrived at the park to visit Crystal Palace. There were so many people in the park and a loud music was on. When we were walking towards Crystal Palace, our tour guide pointed to the right and told us that the light in the distance was Nossa Senhora do Fatima. It was an unusual, or rather an un-real view. Despite the noise in the park, its gentle light gave me some comfort and peace, as I was so tired and not feeling well with cold. We didn’t have time to stop by the monument, but at least we passed by it to take photos.
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Date of experience: June 2015
coldsurfer66 wrote a review Sep 2014
Melbourne, Florida68 contributions19 helpful votes
A MUST see statue - take a taxi there and have them wait for you. Worth the trip. Great view. Also visit the chapel underneath the statue and say a prayer - it will be answered.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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