Ilha Fiscal
Ilha Fiscal
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Neighborhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This was originally a customs house and a spectacular one at that.

It is now a museum located in an island in Guanabara Bay.

We went past it on a ferry trip which gave us a closer look. It can also be viewed from many other vantage points in Rio.
Written September 23, 2020
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Sutter
Fortaleza, CE9,715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
This is an attraction, formally the port's principal customs facility, many visitors don't know about, apart from seeing the small "castle" near the port. Many people I now who live in Rio have not been. Access is via the Navy installation near Praça XV, from where boats leave for Nitteroi and Paqueta Island. The Navy museum is right inside the entrance, and consists of one helicopter, one older submarine (you can walk through it, though it is definitely not handicapped-accessible), and one small ship (as far as I could tell, you could only walk on the outside), and a few displays about the history of the Navy.

Access to the "Ilha" Fiscal (linked to land by a causeway) is normally by a boat, though during bad weather a bus is used. Access, and the tour, costs 10 Reais (as does a separate bay excusion on a larger boat). The tour on the island lasts about 45 minutes, and consists largely of descriptions of a historic ball in the 19th century, along with a few displays about Navy activities, from protection of the Amazon to research in the Antarctic. The guide did ask if anyone did not speak Porrtuguese, in which case a separate guide would be provided (though whether a non-Portuguese speaker could get ingformation at the entrance and Navy museum I do not know). The views of the bay, and downtown Rio, are very good. You do get some interesting views of planes landing at Santos Dumont Airport, build on landfill on the bay.

Hours are limited. Just afternoons. Check the Web site for latest info. Only food available for purchase is at two small snack bars, one next to the museum's historic exhibits, and one on Ilha Fiscal.
Written May 30, 2011
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Carlos Paredes
Montreal, Canada60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We went there on a rainy sunday. Tours depart from the Navy's museum 3 times per day, 12:30, 2PM and 3:30PM. We took the 2PM one, it costs R$20 (USD10) and takes about 2 hours. It's a nice building, but you can only see a few rooms as it is still used by the Navy.
Written September 28, 2014
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Andre N.de M.Skowronski
Warsaw, Poland144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
Fiscal Island for me, is truly the number 1 underrated "tourist attraction" in Rio de Janeiro city. I will explain why. As a Carioca, I know Rio indeed has so many attractins that it is difficult to find the "best ones" or the "must have". But I am also sure the Fiscal Island can´t be out of this list. The Castle, was commissioned to serve as a Customs checkpoint in the 19th century and was inaugurated in 1889, with the presence of the Emperor of Brazil, Peter II. The "jewel" as it was called, was built in a Gothic-Provence style, with many British stained glass decorated all over. The tour is offered by the Navy for less than US$ 10,00 and is a "time capsule", since we can sense the atmosphere of those days. The fact you get there by boat, through the Guanabara Bay makes the tour even more magical, because of the impressive scenery. I definitively recommend the Fiscal Island tour, for lovers of architecture, heraldry, the ocean , and a lot of history. A very powerful combination in a single site. A true win win for all ages!
Written December 15, 2011
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NandaRio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
You can get there by boat. The guides are great. The view is amazing, you can see Rio-Niterói Bridge, Santos Dumont Airport, the Guanabara Bay. The building is historical, very well preserved and worth a visit.
Written July 30, 2013
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Kararinin
Utrecht, The Netherlands37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We tried to go to the island, but weren't able to find where the boat took off. There was a building that looked like a boat terminal, but it was closed (and had been for a while). We asked at the ticket desk of the Niteroi ferry but they spoke no English and we only gathered it wasn't possible. Half the area was in constructions so maybe that's why we couldn't find any info/signs...
Written May 23, 2014
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7727
Rio de Janeiro, RJ268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Business
The Ilha Fiscal is unfortunately one of the places that many cariocas have never visited. I agree that the upkeep is not perfect to the person that is not a museum aficionado like I am because I also know that the budget to maintain it is probably at not at the
top of the Marinha do Brasil's priorities.
However, if one knows where to look to appreciate the beauty of this place like like beautiful woodwork known as macharterie is fantastic!
I have been to two cocktail parties at the Ilha Fiscal and fortunately, I had enough time to look at the details that are in the decoration.
Take your time, but do not do a typical tourist "rush through without looking for the small details" way of seeing true beauty and you will really enjoy this place.
Happy trails
Mz7727
Written June 30, 2012
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Alesch2014
Jundiai, SP83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
the tour starts with a trip in a boat to the island, after that you get to the castle and get a briefing about the island and the last party with the presence of the emperor close to the proclamation of the republic. although small you can still feel part of the history
Written August 7, 2019
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Kika68_21
Rio de Janeiro, RJ219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Brazil doesn't have a long history, and this place is where the last ball from the monarchy took place. It's really beautiful, and is a nice tour.
Written June 29, 2013
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AndreaFontani
Rio de Janeiro, RJ81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You should book a visit. History, beauty and nature, all together. At least two hours to see everything. Worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2012
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