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  • Manny
    Londrina, PR10 contributions
    Beautifull city filled with colors and peeople. Really cool place. Amazing experience like no other placed I go to. Very interesting! A place where you are feeling welcome. Food close is good to ate.
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Walter S
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ91 contributions
    Perfect for long walks. Not too much to do on the way / beach. More south, lesser building, more nature / birds.
    Written May 28, 2021
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  • Walter S
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ91 contributions
    Nice hike, with a great view as a reward at the end. Look for the monkeys on your way up. Level : moderate
    Written May 28, 2021
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA2,917 contributions
    A must do if you’re in Rio! We were approached by a sales lady who offered a van service that would take us on top of the visitor center and include two additional viewpoint for R50 each person round trip, so we agreed to it. The van service took us to this great view of Rio - it’s about half way to visitor center. Then it drove us the visitor center afterwards. Beautiful view!
    Written March 6, 2022
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  • yaf111
    Brussels, Belgium174 contributions
    Very nice beach in Ipanema, less people, great waves, close to Arpoador Hotel where you can have a drink in their stunning view terrace.
    Written July 31, 2021
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY531 contributions
    Fot the tips about security and robberies, please check online. My perception was that if you go without phone and credit cards, but with swim suit with zip keeping with you few cas, you should be fine.

    For the rest, go there late in the afternoon before the sunset. Walk on the beach and see all the brazilians playing football listening to samba music. Go to La murete to admire the violet and orangish sunset drinking a good caipirinha.

    The morning, check when is the sunrise e go there... It is the most beautiful fire in the sky i have ever see. Maybe go in front of posto 5 where there are always organized group of people doing cardio so you are not alone
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • German F
    Milan, Italy179 contributions
    Beautiful lush park where you can walk and immerse yourself in nature. The villa located there is also very beautiful.
    Written September 5, 2021
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  • Grant P
    12 contributions
    Amazing hike but it's actually very hard....some parts I felt like I needed a rope...I went up without but saw people going up with a rope. Anyways, the views are amazing but the hike is something very hard...I mean I was kinda dying the next day.
    Written August 17, 2021
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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,258 contributions
    This is a lovely beach to visit if it isn't crowded. I found it to be less of a headache than Copacabana and less busy than Ipanema. It is one of the areas you should check out and explore when you first arrive in Rio so it stands out a bit in your memory.
    Written December 31, 2020
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  • Jack Miller
    Czech Republic26 contributions
    Beauty. It is an unmissable visit for all visitors. It comes easily. There are no lines to enter and they do not charge entrance. For lovers of architecture and art it is an incredible place.
    Written June 16, 2020
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  • chelsealynne
    Pensacola, FL898 contributions
    I did the waterfall hike and it was amazing. It was very crowded for a Monday at the first two waterfalls we didn’t even take photos there instead we continued down a difficult path with chains and ropes to the third waterfall which was beautiful and though there were several people around it was still possible to get in the waterfall alone. My brother and I were the only gringos here. The trail continues past the third waterfall to a bunch of small waterfalls just beautiful. These are the things that make me
    Love life. I got a ton of bug bites I don’t think they were mosquitoes. I forgot to reapply bug spray after getting out of the waterfall. The bites are still on my legs a week later.
    Written January 25, 2021
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  • Sam M
    1 contribution
    Beautiful view! Fun favela mototaxi

    I went with my girlfriend in Jan 2022. We ubered to the base of Vidigal and then got a mototaxi for R5 each to the base of the trail. They knew what we were coming for and there were about 20 guys there. They look like they primarily take people who live in the favela up to their houses. At the base of the trail there was a guy who made us pay an additional R5 each to get on the trail. It felt off the books and we protested, but we don’t speak portugese and then didn’t really mind paying one more dollar.

    The hike was beautiful. We had views of Rochina off the back of the trail and then incredible views of the whole city, Christ the Redeemer, Lagoa, Leblon and Ipanema once at the top.

    On the way down we started walking down because the taxis don’t wait at the base, but waved down two mototaxis quickly and they returned us to the base.

    Highly recommend.
    Written January 27, 2022
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  • Manfred Hans B
    Jupiter, FL2,070 contributions
    we have been to fabulous " Rio " three times... this City has lots of entry. Next to Ipanema Beach , Leblon Beach is directly connected to it. This is the upper class neighborhood. The beach is wide, always clean ( Rio has special Beach Cleaning Crews, Dressed in a green uniform ) . Come early when it is not too crowded. Since you are close to Ipanema is the Bar/ Restaurant " Garota de Ipanema " where the song " the Girl from Ipanema was composed... check out this fantastic setting... enjoy Rio and Leblon Beach...
    Written May 16, 2021
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  • AdamCaldwell
    St. George, UT175 contributions
    We had to make 2 trips from Rio to accomplish this hike. The first time we left from Rio at 8:30 am, and by the time we arrived, there was no parking, thus we turned around and drove back to the hotel. The next day we left Rio by 6:45 am and had lots of parking options. We did the hike in about an hour and had no line for pictures at the top. By the time our group of 4 had taken a dozen pictures, there was an hour+ line waiting for their turn to take pictures. A few tips: (1) Google maps will mostly get you there, but from the main road, there will be a steep road that curves up and to the left…this is the road you take, and after a few blocks, you will start to find houses and small lots that offer parking. (2) near the top, we found a couple groups that couldn’t find the rock. Once at the “top”, you have to go a couple hundred yards down the other side (towards the ocean) before you find the rock you are looking for. Using Google maps (and our gps location) helped us find the rock when others got lost.
    Written March 5, 2022
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  • Sellest
    Bushey, UK4,764 contributions
    Came here a couple of weeks ago with my partner and our 12 year old. This place is definitely worth a quick pop in if you are passing or in the area. The inside of the building is stunning (from the beautiful ceilings to the stunning floor and, of course all the books) and it reminded me of something you might see in a Harry Potter film. It is a small place, so you would only be looking at a 10 to 15 minute stop, but, well worth it!
    Written April 30, 2022
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