Thursday, 26 April 2012

Destination of the week (April 27, 2012)




A Trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 



Brazil offers a variety of activities sure to satisfy the desires of any traveler. From beautiful beaches, to natural wonders, and lively cities, Brazil is the perfect destination for a South America vacation.





The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during thePortuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed theCidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City."
Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country[6] (and 30th largest in the world in 2008),[7] estimated at about R$ 343 billion (IBGE/2008) (nearly US$ 201 billion), and is the headquarters of two major Brazilian companies – Petrobras and Vale, and major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production – according to 2005 data.[8]
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches[9] such asBarra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloafmountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of theworld's largest football stadiums. The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American city hosts the event.[10] Rio's Maracanã Stadium will also host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[11] Rio de Janeiro will also host World Youth Day in 2013.[12]





THINGS TO DO IN RIO


There are a tremendous number of things to do and enjoy in Rio, some internationally famous like the beaches, Corcovado, carnaval, Sugar Loaf, and others less well known, like a natural reserve within the city limits, architectural beauties and monuments to heros. Explore Rio.
1. Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Every year, over 300,000 people visit the statue of Christ using the centenary Corcovado Train, the oldest tourist ride in the country. Once at the top, the huge white statue of Christ the Redeemer pays homage to Rio’s religiosity, and has become a symbol of the City and of its people, receiving all visitors with its arms open.
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2. Ipanema
In addition to the wonderful stretch of beach with great surf and umbrellas, gorgeous people to watch, you can wander through the fashionable streets to discover chic boutiques, trendy restaurants and hip cafes. On Sundays, there is a hippie market in Praça General Osório where handcrafts, clothes and souvenirs from Rio can be found.
3. Copacabana
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana has the mountains and city behind it and is definitely Rio. Sit at one of the many restaurants along the beachfront to enjoy a batida or caipirinha, or take a stroll on the famous and often imitated Burle Marx designed sidewalks. In summertime, go early as it may be hard to find a spot on the sand. Also, take note that the currents are deceptively strong. A perfect place to eat, drink, relax and people watch.
4. Carnaval
Carnaval is perhaps the largest event in Rio, with venues scattered around town. The highlight is the spectacular samba school parade, a rich and colourful exhibition of 14 groups each day along the street, and the Sambadromo, with seating for the 70,000.
5. Pão de Açúcar - Sugar Loaf Mountain
One of Rio's most famous landmarks, it's the best place to view the city, sea and mountain ranges. Take the funicular ride up for a glorious view of the Guanabara Bay, Botafogo beach to the North and Copacabana to the South, with the city spread in between. Be sure to check out the old open-air cable car on display that was used in the '30s. There are vendors selling coconuts and juice, as well as a food and refreshments stand.
6. Pedra da Gávea
Located between São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, Pedra da Gávea is a granite rock that rises 842 meters above sea level. Originally used as a lookout for ships in the Atlantic, it's now popular with rock climbers and those who want to see the glyphs carved into the rock.
7. Bonde de Santa Teresa
This cable car is all that remains of what used to be the principal form of transportation in the city. Starting in Lapa, by the Cathedral, cross the towering viaduct to Santa Teresa. Then you have the option to take the ride all the way to the top of the hill, or get off to see the Museu da Chácara do Céu. The views from the top rival those of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf.
8. Arcos da Lapa
An engineering and architectural construction work that symbolizes Rio de Janeiro’s colonial period. It was inaugurated, as reported, in 1750, under the government of Ayres de Saldanha and administered by the engineer José Fernandes Alpoim. It was built in order to end the problem of the constant lack of water in Rio de Janeiro towards the end of the XVIII century.
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9. Parque Nacional and Floresta da Tijuca
The best place to visit to get an idea of what Rio once looked like, with over 46 square miles of tropical rain forest, walking trails, stunning views of the city, waterfalls, creeks and wonderfully varied greenery. This is the largest urban reserve in the world and it only takes about 20 minutes to immerse yourself in nature. Serious hikers can climb to the 3320 feet summit of Pico da Tijuca, while others can simply enjoy the 115 feet waterfall, Cascatinha de Taunay, at the Alto da Boa Vista.
10. Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da II Guerra Mundial
Located at Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 75, Parque do Flamengo, this monument is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the WWII European theater of war, especially in Italy. The monument includes a small museum with military artifacts from those dark years, a mausoleum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and is guarded by the three Armed Forces. Entry is free.



HOTELS TO STAY IN

Augusto's Paysandu Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Flamengo

Windsor Miramar Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Copacabana
Augusto's Copacabana Hotel
•         Type: Hotel  
•         Neighbourhood: Copacabana
Atlantis Copacabana
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Luxor Aeroporto Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Mar Ipanema Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Promenade Casa Del Mar
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Barra da Tijuca
Orla Copacabana Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Arpoador
Hotel Praia Ipanema
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Ipanema
Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Olinda Rio Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Mama Ruisa
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Santa Teresa
Arpoador Inn
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Ipanema
Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Copacabana
Caesar Park Ipanema
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Ipanema
Marina All Suites Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace Hotel
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Copacabana
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Ipanema
El Misti Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•          Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Rio Bohemia Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Che Lagarto Hostels -Ipanema- Rio de Janeiro
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Bamboo Rio Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Lemon Spirit Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Rio Backpackers
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Walk On The Beach Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Casa6ipanema
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema Wave Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Rio Hotel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Pousada Favelinha
•         Type: Guesthouse
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Harmonia
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
HI Rio Rockers
•         Type: Hostel
•          Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
The LightHouse
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
The Mango Tree
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema Beach House
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Che Lagarto Suites Anita
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Terrasse Hostel
•         Type: Hostel
•         Neighbourhood: Rio de Janeiro
Yaya Rio
•         Type: Guesthouse
•         Neighbourhood: Ipanema
Hotel Turístico
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Glória
Castelinho 38
•         Type: Hotel
•         Neighbourhood: Santa Teresa



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