Rio de Janeiro – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:58:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Winter in Rio de Janeiro: 10 must-see activities to enjoy the best of the Wonderful City http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/winter-in-rio-de-janeiro-10-must-see-activities/ Wed, 30 May 2018 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12332 Rio de Janeiro is a destination to visit at any time of the year. So if you travel the Marvelous City between June and September, you will also have the guarantee of an excellent suntan, since the temperatures usually stay at around 25 °C, and the sea water doesn’t fall below 21 °C. In addition [...]

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Rio de Janeiro is a destination to visit at any time of the year. So if you travel the Marvelous City between June and September, you will also have the guarantee of an excellent suntan, since the temperatures usually stay at around 25 °C, and the sea water doesn’t fall below 21 °C.

In addition to being able to immerse yourself in the delicious beaches of Rio, take advantage of our top 10 activities you can’t miss in Rio to enjoy every day of your vacation.


1) Visit the emblematic sites of Rio in 7 hours

Landing in Rio de Janeiro and not visiting Christ the Redeemer can be considered as an incomplete trip. The Rio Express City Tour is an excellent option for seeing the most outstanding attractions of the city in one day, and after having taken the necessary photographs, you will be able to spend the rest of the holidays resting in front of the sea. With this city tour you will reach the top of the Sugar Loaf, you will go through the Bosque da Tijuca, you will meet Christ the Redeemer, and you will pass through the Sambadrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Plaza de Cinelándia.

Cristo RedentorLanding in Rio de Janeiro and not knowing the Christ the Redeemer is synonymous with an incomplete trip / Photo: Daytours4u

2) Travel by jeep in the carioca rainforest

It rains very little during the winter in Rio, so lovers of adventure can tour the Floresta da Tijuca and discover all the exuberance that hides in the heart of the city. Access to this National Park by Jeep allows travelers to see places such as the Cachoeira dos Macacos (Monkey Waterfall); the Mesa do Imperador (Emperor’s Table), the Cascatinha (Taunay Waterfall) and the amazing Vista Chinesa viewpoint, where you get a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.

Book the Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour online


3) Try an authentic feijoada to warm the soul and the body

We have already clarified that in Rio it is not cold during the winter, but the cuisine of Rio de Janeiro defies the 25°C weather with its exquisite feijoada made up of several pieces of pork, and for the bravest, there is the feijoada noble that includes the ribs, ham and other sausages. In the Authentic Feijoada Experience this dish is accompanied by rice, yucca sticks, black beans and orange slices, and is finished off with tasty desserts and typical Brazilian coffee.


4) Discover the fascinating history of the Colonial Era of Rio in Petrópolis

This activity is a cultural classic to do in the surrounding areas of Rio de Janeiro and is a novel excursion that can’t be omitted from the itineraries of curious travelers and lovers of history. In Petrópolis, located 65 kilometers north of Rio, you will see the Mirante do Cristo -a popular viewpoint of the city- the Quitandinha Palace, the Imperial Museum -which used to be the Emperor’s Palac -, the imposing Cathedral of Petrópolis, the majestic Crystal Palace, Relogio das Flores and the city’s chocolate factory.

Book here the Petrópolis Day Tour

Museo ImperialTake a day to go to Petrópolis and learn about the colonial history of Rio / Source

5) Experience the passion of football in the spectacular stadium of the city

Join the shouting in the stands with Rio fans, and be a part of one of the most colorful and euphoric parties in Rio by taking the sports tour which can’t be missed from your itinerary. It’s not necessary to know how the standings of the First Division in Brazil or the Copa Libertadores de América are doing, the only important part is your willingness to enjoy an authentic travel experience and clear your throat for the moments of the goal!

Buy your tickets here to see a Football Match in Rio


6) Go to the Churrascaria Palace and love the delicious carioca gastronomy

If you associate Rio de Janeiro with seafood, you’re right! The Churrascaria Palace is one of the ideal places to enjoy the exquisite oysters and fresh seafood, accompanied by a timely white wine. Those who prefer beef, can order any cut they want, but the jackpot always goes to the bife ancho and the picanha, a very popular cut in Brazil.

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7) Celebrate Carnival even in winter

Being a part of the camera after one of the biggest carnivals in the world is now a reality with the “Carnival Experience” tour. In addition to knowing the history of the samba and the origin of the parades, travelers will discover all the logistics involved in the organization of the samba schools and even wear the costumes of fantasies used by the professionals who give life to this majestic event every year.

Carnival ExperienceEnjoy the biggest party in Brazil all year with the Carnival Experience! / Photo: Daytours4u

8) Renew the love enjoying the sunset in the Sugar Loaf

The sunsets in Rio de Janeiro are indescribable. You have to witness the light show in person to understand why adjectives fall short of narrating their sunsets. Every traveler looking for the perfect place for the best pictures should go up to the Sugar Loaf after noon and find some postcards. It is also the ideal plan for lovers and here is a known fact: it is the perfect place for important proposals!

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9) Attend the Ginga Tropical Show to discover other Brazilian rhythms besides the samba

The nightlife of Rio de Janeiro is diverse and vibrant with the inhabitants of the city. The Ginga Tropical Show is a must-see show of the local culture because the staging brings together the varied artistic manifestations of Brazil. There are Brazilian dances from the African tribes, and also from the Northeast and the Pampas. Finally you will enjoy a presentation that recalls the luxurious Carnival of Sapucaí, along with its fantastic dancers.


10) Spend a whole day in Ilha Grande and Angra dos Reis

There are countless beaches in Rio de Janeiro but the entire Angra dos Reis coast is a must. It is located around the city, so take a day trip to make the most of the time. You will visit the Serra do Mar Valley and the Atlantic Forest, take a boat cruise to tour the islands and stop at Ilha Grande, where you can cool off in the sea.

Ilha Grande BoatDo not stay with the beaches of downtown Rio; travel to your surroundings and get to know Angra dos Reis / Photo: Daytours4u

These are just 10 options to make the most of an excellent vacation in this Wonderful City. However, there are endless activities to explore around the city, including its museums, its attractions and its culture. Go to www.rdj4u.com to learn more about tours in Rio de Janeiro.

By: Keilma Rojas, web content editor of Daytours4u

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Rdj4u Review: Everything you wanted to know about the Rio Carnival experience in a VIP Suite http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/review-rio-carnival-experience-in-a-vip-suite/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12227 Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without [...]

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without a doubt, on another level. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival from the inside and start planning your vacation to the Marvelous City now.


VIP Suite at Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival is organized into several parades that take place on different days. What distinguishes one parade from another are the participating samba schools. Regardless of the date you choose to be part of this fantastic experience, the VIP suite option will ensure an unforgettable night.

If you book the VIP Suite for the Serie A Schools Parade that participate on Friday and Saturday prior to the official Monday and Tuesday of the Carnival; you’ll see the academies that prepare with great determination to move up in category each year and become champions in the carnival’s following editions. If you select a VIP Suite for the Parade of the Special Group you’ll enjoy a show from the most popular and traditional samba schools, which take place on the Sunday and Monday of Carnival.

From the VIP Suite you can see all the details of the spectacular Samba Schools / Photo: Daytours4u

The pre-carnival

The Rio Carnival Experience from a VIP Suite begins before the opening of the Sambadrome. If you’re going to see the Serie A Schools, you’ll first need to pick up your tickets and your T-shirt at the meeting point established by the operator or pay an additional fee to have both items brought to the hotel where you’re staying. Then, you’ll go to the address determined by the operator for the second phase of the day: the decoration of your shirt. You’ll be able to customize the design to suit your style and make it as dazzling as you want. The recommended arrival time for this activity is at noon because there are usually a lot of people waiting in long lines to decorate their outfits.

If you selected a Carnival day to see the Special Group, an exclusive transfer service is included that will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the place where makeup and decorating the T-shirts are done. Professional stylists will make you shine and there is even a massage area so you can enjoy the experience completely relaxed. At the same location you’ll receive your credential that is similar to an identity document which you’ll bring to the Sambadrome.

Shine during the Carnival of Rio decorating your shirt as you like / Photo: Daytours4u

The Sambadrome and VIP Boxes Experience

The third phase for travelers who reserve the Serie A Schools is to decide how to get to the Sambadrome that opens the doors at 8:00 p.m. You can request an Uber, pay for a taxi or book an additional transfer that picks you up from the hotel and takes you to whichever entrance corresponds to your ticket.

TIP: Be sure to check and see if your assigned section is odd or even so that the driver can leave you at the correct entrance. After they check your ticket, which you should keep visible throughout the night along with your decorated shirt, you’ll head to the VIP box to enjoy the show. Those who book to see the Special Group will have the transfer from the place where they do the decoration and makeup to the Sambadrome included.

The VIP box, both for Schools A Series and for the Special Group, is composed of three floors filled with the best carioca vibes, air conditioning, and WIFI so you can share all your experience through social networks in real time. On the first floor there is a parade nearby, a live music group to dance all night long and there are also dispensers of all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that don’t run out, so you’ll be able to consume as much as you want until closing. There’ll be promoters and travel guides present to assist you in whatever you need.

On each floor of the VIP Suite there is an area and balconies to watch the entire parade / Photo: Daytours4u

The second floor is the buffet: pasta with delicious sauces, chicken stroganoff, hotdogs, tropical fruits, ice cream and other desserts served until 2:00 a.m. This area has more of a restaurant vibe but also has a balcony where you can sit and watch the parade.

The third floor, on the other hand, is where you’ll find sushi being served throughout the night. There’s also an area for dancing here but, unlike on the first floor, there’s a DJ with a selection of electronic music. Don’t worry about missing the parade of the samba schools, because there is also a balcony here to enjoy the show. The party ends at approximately 6:00 a.m. when the last school parades. The exit is organized and safe, as well as perfectly identified.

Have one of the most incredible nights of your life with VIP Suite Tickets to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Book your tours and activities in Rio de Janeiro with Rdj4u online and clear up any doubts about the Wonderful City with our team of experts.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rio de Janeiro [Infographic] http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/10-things-about-rio/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:00:27 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2533 You probably knew that Rio de Janeiro hosts the world’s largest Carnival celebrations each year. But did you know that the city’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City? Or that it is considered the cultural capital of Brazil? Discover 10 more interesting facts about this truly wondrous megacity with this Daytours4u infographic.   [...]

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You probably knew that Rio de Janeiro hosts the world’s largest Carnival celebrations each year. But did you know that the city’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City? Or that it is considered the cultural capital of Brazil? Discover 10 more interesting facts about this truly wondrous megacity with this Daytours4u infographic.

 

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rio de Janeiro

 

All the previous travellers who have made Rio the most visited city in Latin America can’t be wrong! See for yourself why this is a city is so appealing to so many people from across the globe.

Here are some ways to experience some of the most interesting things in Rio de Janeiro for yourself.

  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue with a Christ the Redeemer City Tour.
  • Explore some of the 50km worth of pristine beaches. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, whether you’re looking for a relaxing spot to tan, a fun and safe place for your kids to play, seeking good surfing waves, or want to find the trendiest stretch of sand to see and be seen.
  • Take in the magic of the Maracanã stadium. Do a tour of the stadium or attend a local football game and truly experience the Brazilian football fever.
  • Skip the cable car queues and climb Sugar Loaf Mountain. With a bit of hiking and climbing, in a safe environment, you’ll be rewarded for your effort with the best views of Rio.
  • Enjoy the local music scene, from Bossa Nova to Samba and Forró.
  • Learn more about the history of Rio de Janeiro and uncover more fascinating facts about the Marvellous City on a Historical Walking Tour.
  • Celebrate the biggest party in the world all year with the Carnival Experience. On this tour you will discover everything that happens behind the staging of the carnival, how the samba schools are organized and you can even wear fantasy costumes full of brightness and color.

Discover more interesting things you didn’t know about Rio de Janeiro for yourself! Plan your travels to Rio with Rdj4u.com.

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7 Things That Happen After Carnival In Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/7-things-that-happen-after-carnival-in-rio/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:45 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2412 Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you… 1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house. Unfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source 2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa In [...]

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Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you…

1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house.

Clothes before and after carnival in RioUnfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source

2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa


In many of the street parties, almost all of the men appear in dresses / Source

3. You don’t need to guess the nationality of all those around you.

Chances you that you won’t hear this many different accents back at home / Photo: Daytours4u

4. Sunrise will indicate the start of a new day, rather than the end of the previous.

Sunrise during Carnival in RioThe party during Carnival tends to go on until sunrise, then keeps going! / Source

5. You probably no longer party with people of all ages.

Life after Carnival in Rio
There’s no ageism is Carnival / Source

No, really, of ALL ages!

From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source
From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source

6. There’ll be an endless loop of samba music in your head.

Samba beats are infectious and difficult to get out your head! / Photo: Daytours4u

7. You’ll miss all the love and fun on the streets.

Love and fun during Rio's Street Parties
There’s a lot of love to share around during Carnival’s street parties / Source

Let’s face it, Carnival ruins you! Life after Carnival in Rio is just plain boring. Time to start saving for round 2 in 2017. Start planning your next Brazilian vacation with us now.

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Top Places to Spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/valentines-day-in-rio/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:04 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1232 Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of [...]

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Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of the top places to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Enjoy with the love of your life the spectacular view of Rio in Pedra Bonita / Source


1) Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars:

Pedra Bonita is one of the mountains that shapes Rio de Janeiro and is the site for tandem hang-gliding. It’s one of the tallest hills in Tijuca Forest and offers a beautiful view over the beaches in the south and west zones of Rio. Behind the jump zone, there’s a little trail that leads to a higher part of the hill, where you can sit and appreciate the views over the beaches in São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, and of Pedra da Gavea in front. There, you can camp overnight and enjoy a private evening with your partner beneath the stars and away from the city. Bring your picnic basket and a bottle of wine to make it a simple yet wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration.

Getting there: Walk up the Caminho da Pedra Bonita, from the Alto da Boa Vista neighborhood, until you reach the take-off point for hang-gliders take-off ramp. From there, take the little trail up the hill.

Price range: $

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars / source

Appreciate the charm of the Sugar Loaf during a romantic dinner in Porcão Rio / Source


2) Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain:

One of the best views over Sugar Loaf Mountain can be seen from Aterro do Flamengo Park. The restaurant Porcão Rio is the perfect spot to admire not only the hills, but the whole of Guanabara Bay. You can make a reservation for a table near the panoramic window and enjoy a romantic evening complete with excellent food and a spectacular view for your Valentine’s Day.

Getting there: Take a taxi to Porcão Rio: Infante Dom Henrique Ave, Aterro do Flamengo.

Price range: $$

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain / source

At any time on February 14, Copabana is a magical place to enjoy / Source


3) A dream meal in Copacabana:

On top of a hotel in Copacabana, there is a beautiful deck lounge with a panoramic view over the beach, which is simply breathtaking. The food here is exquisite, with a mixture of Brazilian classics and international dishes. There is also a bar, where you can enjoy tasty caipirinhas and relaxing music beside the pool. For a sophisticated warm-up to the night, we would recommend this option, followed by one of the nearby nightclubs as Valentine’s Day combo.

Getting there: Go up to the Deck Lounge Bar at the top of Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel: 2964 Atlantica Ave., Copacabana.

Price range: $$$

Romance-o-meter: <3


Besides these three places, there are a number of options for ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro. Visit our website for more information, or to book tours and activities.

By: Pedro Rocha

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Rdj4u Review: Day trip to Arraial Do Cabo http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/day-trip-to-arraial-do-cabo/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11199 Get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio’s lively beaches and experience real tranquillity on the white sands of the surrounding picturesque islands. With aching legs, sun burn and a hoarse throat after an incredible Carnaval I decided to flee the city for the day. My getaway of choice was a day’s boat trip [...]

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio’s lively beaches and experience real tranquillity on the white sands of the surrounding picturesque islands.

With aching legs, sun burn and a hoarse throat after an incredible Carnaval I decided to flee the city for the day. My getaway of choice was a day’s boat trip in Arraial do Cabo, roughly two and a half hours drive away from the city of Rio.

Arraial do CaboDay trip from Rio

Getting there

Getting there couldn’t be easier as with the tour I chose it’s all done for you. The mini van collected all of us from wherever we were in the city, mainly the centre and Zona Sul (there is also a meeting point for anyone further out). It’s an early start in order to get the most out of our time on the boat so I hopped on the minibus in the Centre at 7am. After everyone is picked up you set off over the Rio-Niterói bridge all the way to the port at Arraial do Cabo.

The boat

As you walk along the pier, the crew on the boat are waiting for you ready to help you hop on board. The boat is incredibly spacious with benches that line the outside and a block of high up mattresses in the centre all under cover to allow you a break from the morning’s sun. There is also the outside section at the front of the boat nearest the speakers that enables maximum enjoyment of the Brazilian music played throughout the trip. You’re introduced to all the crew before you set off out into the ocean. All day you have free bottled water on offer and you can buy beer, caipirinhas and soft drinks from the bar below deck. The music makes for a party atmosphere but this is by no means a boat just for young people. Our boat was filled with families, elderly couples, and groups of friends. I was on my own and managed to make friends not only with the crew but, as always, the friendly Brazilian passengers also. Throughout the tour the multi-lingual guide talks you through the beautiful surroundings and it’s impressive history.

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Arraial do CaboThe beaches and hills from the boat

Where you’re taken

On the boat tour from Arraial do Cabo we stopped four times: twice in order to dive into crystal clear waters and catch a glimpse of the extensive marine life with our snorkels, and twice more at two picture-perfect beaches. Both beaches are environmentally protected and therefore untouched with soft, white sand. Just what was needed in order to wind down after Carnaval.

Our first stop was out in the ocean to admire any marine life within view. Fortunately we saw many beautiful fish although my highlight was a school of bright pink jelly fish which were beautiful. Luckily we weren’t too close to them when stopped! I rented a pair of snorkling goggles for 20 reais at the beginning of the day and saw the most colourful array of fish of all shapes and sizes, it was wonderful.

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Arraial do CaboSuch beautiful landscapes

Forno Beach

Our first beach was Forno beach and is environmentally protected. It is untouched and we had to be ferried in on a dingy in order to not get too close to the beach with the boat. It was such a refreshing change to the fast pace of Rio’s beaches, we were the only people on the beach and there was nothing but crystal clear water and the white sand.

Blue grotto and Fenda de Nossa Senhora

On the way to the Lighthouse Island we passed the Blue Grotto, a beautiful large cave where the water inside is said to turn a dazzling blue when the sun hits it. The boat pulled up as close as it could and gave us a good a peak inside. Then we passed the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, a large rock with a gap in the middle within which has a replica of the statue originally found by a fisherman. The guide relays the mystical story of how the statue was found and is equally interesting as it is beautiful.

Arraial do CaboCrystal clear water full of wild life

Ilha do Farol

Ilha do Farol or the Lighthouse Island was our last stop and it did not disappoint. Once again we walked across white sands but here we had a huge lighthouse towering over us. Once again, we plunged into the unspoilt and refreshingly cold seas and worked up our appetite for our late lunch back on the mainland.

The lunch, which was included in the tour, was a typical Brazilian buffet full to the brim with traditional Brazillian dishes as well as pasta and salad meaning there is something for everyone. After such an active day we all took full advantage and ate as much as we could. A perfect end to a day full of breath taking surroundings and the journey back to Rio flew by as all of us dropped off in the air conditioned coach.

After my day in Arraial do Cabo I feel rested and refreshed and ready to carry on my Carioca life and learn more about this wonderful city.

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By: Lucy Gavan, student of Spanish and Portuguese culture at the University of Bristol in England, currently living in Rio as part of an exchange programme with Rdj4u.

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Things to do during the Weekend in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/weekend-in-rio-de-janeiro/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:55:39 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1997 Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the [...]

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Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the most our of your limited time in Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’.

Friday in Rio de Janeiro

PlataformaShow

Every night in the exclusive Leblon area, Plataforma Show offers a musical performance that travels across the Brazilian culture. Photo source: Rdj4u

If you arrive on Friday afternoon, head straight to Rio’s beaches. Sandwiched neatly between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, you’ll find Arpoador Rock. Join the crowds on the rocks, with magnificent views over both neighbourhoods, the city skyline and the sunset. When the sun goes down, take a stroll along the beachfront of either Copacabana or Ipanema, choosing from the range of dinner options. Try your first “by the kilo” restaurant or hit one of Rio’s trendy food establishments.

If you’re looking for a party afterwards, it doesn’t get much better than Arcos de Lapa on a Friday night, which turns into a big street party. Be warned: if you’re planning on sampling Brazil’s iconic caipirinha, this local favourite is deceptively strong. Go easy if you want to pack in a full day of sightseeing on Saturday!

If you prefer to stay in Zona Sul area, places like Plataforma Show and Ginga Tropical offer a daily performance of brazilian rythms and culture. Preferring a party? then a Pub Crawl in Lapa will take you to visit several pubs and a Samba dance club

Saturday in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Scenarium is a classic Carioca experience in Lapa – Photo source: Rdj4u

Aim to fit in the bulk of your sightseeing today. If it’s sunny, get a jump start on the crowds and head to Sugar Loaf Mountain or Corcovado, where the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue is perched above the city.  After taking in the spectacular views, head down to the shady Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Finally, make your way to the city centre for a tour of Rio’s historical buildings and museums.

To maximise your time and fit in as many Rio attractions as you can, book a city tour. The Rio Full Day Tour visits Rio’s highlights and top attractions, along with an expert tour guide who will fill you in on all you need to know about Rio.

If shopping is on your agenda for your trip to Rio, remember that while the malls are open on Sundays, the majority of street shops are not. Take a half-day Express tour of Rio de Janeiro instead and then spend your afternoon at the city’s best shopping spots. Hit the Rio Sul Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the city, or head to a more traditional market at the Old Rio Market ( Feira do Rio Antigo), taking place the first Saturday of every month in the Lapa district. If you’re looking for smaller boutique shops, visit the Rua Visconde de Pirajá in Ipanema or Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon. Alternatively, swing by the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa for its art galleries and handicraft stores.

End the day by exploring Rio’s legendary nightlife. If it’s pre-Carnival season, attend a samba school rehearsal to get a taste of the world’s biggest Carnival party. Otherwise head to Rio Scenarium, one of the best famous nightlife spots in Brazil. With three floors, this restaurant, bar and club is the perfect place to listen to live music or dance the night away to Rio’s samba rhythms.

Sunday in Rio de Janeiro:

Nothing more interesting to learn about the carioca culture than spending a busy Sunday on the Ipanema beach. Photo: Matt Kieffer

Spend your last day in Rio enjoying what the city is most famous for: its beaches! Grab your sunscreen and hat, rent a beach chair and soak up the sun, sand and waves. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing which beach to visit, so read our handy guide to Rio’s best beaches to help you make up your mind.

For those that can’t face lazing on the beach all day, take a cultural trip to the Copacabana fort or add some activity to your day by renting a bike and cycling along the promenade or visiting the city’s parks. If you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, step up the tempo with a surfing lesson, a hike up Pedra da Gavea, or hang-glide over the city for spectacular views.

Rio has something for everyone, whether you’re a beach bum, history lover, shopaholic or sporty traveller. Don’t try to fit it everything in – tailor your itinerary to your interests to ensure a memorable weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

Finally, keep in mind that Rio sits in a tropical zone and clouds and rain are common year-round. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your visit so that you can choose the sunniest day for activities like Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado that need a clear day for you to fully appreciate the spectacular views!

Other Sources:

Rio Nightlife Guide:  updated local guide with local events, shows and performances in the city.
Tours and activities in Rio:  from city tours to local experiences,book online travel related services in Rio.

Written by: Nicole Eberhard

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Where to find the best caipirinhas in Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/find-best-caipirinhas-rio/ Thu, 04 May 2017 17:48:03 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11480 After living in this wonderful city for five months I’ve developed certain weekly habits and my week is not complete unless i’ve sat down in the local bar with a caipirinha in hand. This native drink is not only delicious but seriously packs a punch due to the fact it’s made up of only a [...]

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After living in this wonderful city for five months I’ve developed certain weekly habits and my week is not complete unless i’ve sat down in the local bar with a caipirinha in hand. This native drink is not only delicious but seriously packs a punch due to the fact it’s made up of only a few key ingredients: limes, sugar, ice and cachaça. Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane and goes perfectly with the limes and sugar to take the edge off this sour cocktail. When in Rio you are never too far away from a Caipi and below you can find out the best places to savour this Brazilian classic.

Best caipirinha / Rdj4u

During your trip to Brazil, do not forget to try the best caipirinhas in Rio / Source


Bar da Cachaça

The Bar de Cachaça is located in the centre of Lapa, Rio’s party neighbourhood, and at the weekends is full to the brim with Rio’s partygoers sampling some cachaça before moving on to somewhere else to dance. This bar specialises in different types and flavours of Cachaça and the options are limitless. It costs five reais for shot sized measure of cachaça and the idea is that you try a few and if you enjoyed what you tried; each different cachaça is available by the bottle. However, it’s not just its individual cachaça that makes this place so popular, they also make one of the best caipirinhas in Rio. Priced very reasonably this bar is the perfect place to try a caipirinha whilst watching the carioca nightlife rush by.

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Rio is full of hotels and restaurants who can offer you caipirinhas / Source : Flickr 


Splash out for a caipi with the perfect view

Due to Rio’s mountainous terrain there are plenty of hilltop bars and restaurants where you can sip on a Caipirinha and soak up the famous nighttime skyline. Santa Teresa is one of Rio’s hilltop neighbourhoods and home to a favourite restaurant of mine: Aprazivel. Due to its expensive prices Aprazivel is more of a ‘one off’ or special occasion option, however it is still definitely worth a visit due to its incredible view and tree-house like atmosphere. The restaurant consists mainly of outside wooden seating and the whole place has a beautiful bohemian feel to it. If you’re on a tight budget and like me wish to avoid the gourmet food with big price tags then you could treat yourself to a Caipibella, this drink adds a twist to the traditional Caipirinha by adding carambola (star fruit)  and passion fruit. The price is not forgiving coling in at 31 reais for the Caipibella put its delicious and the surroundings are incomparable, therefore if you can visit make sure you do so.

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Best caipirinhas in Rio / rdj4u

The cachaça is the main ingredient of the traditional caipirinha / Source


Sample a caipirinha from one of the many street vendors

Although for the last option you would have to dig deep into your wallet, caipirinhas are not traditionally expensive. In fact it is incredibly easy to get your hands on a cheap caipi just about anywhere in the city from one of the street vendors. Whether it’s in Lapa, Praça Tiridente or on Copacabana beach, there is always a caipirinha nearby, provided by one of  the hundreds of street vendors: Ranging from about 5 to 10 reais most of the stationary vendors make the caipirinha fresh in front of you and on the whole the quality is good. My personal favourite spot is the last caipirinha hut before the Aquaduct in Lapa. It is run by two women who remember all of their customers and greet any returning clients with a big hug a kiss, their caipis are on the cheaper scale at 5 reais each and qt the weekend they offer free refills of cachaça. Ths is perfect place if you’re looking for real bang for your buck and for the opportunity to meet two friendly cariocas.

best caipirinha in Rio / Rdj4u

The best caipirinhas in Rio are the ones you make yourself / Source: Flickr


Visit the Rio Fruit Market to buy all you need to eat and drink like a true Brazilian

Make your own!

Unlike in Europe where cocktails are almost exclusively served in bars, in Brazil it’s commonplace to make a pitcher of caipirinhas at home to share with friends. It can also be the most cost effective option depending on which cachaça you buy. 51 is the cheapest and arguably most popular brand of cachaça, costing just 11 reais per litre bottle. However it must be said that it is not exactly known as a good quality cachaça. If you can, try and find a carioca to show you how to make a caipirinha, there are certain tricks you need to know in order to make the perfect Caipi. For example, some say you should remove the white pith from inside the lime as it makes the drink more bitter. However i’m not one to ask advice from, even after months of practice my caipirinhas are not up to scratch. Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the Brazilians!

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By: Lucy Gavan, student of Spanish and Portuguese culture at the University of Bristol in England, currently living in Rio as part of an exchange programme with Rdj4u.

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How to improve your Portuguese in Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/improve-portuguese-rio/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:13:26 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11458 Almost five months into my stay in Rio and I’m finally getting to grips with the language. Portuguese can be tricky, but Rio has its own unique version of the language which can only by mastered by speaking to the lovely Cariocas. As the locals are so friendly and eager to get to know anyone [...]

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Improve your Portuguese / Briton's tales from Rio Rdj4u

Almost five months into my stay in Rio and I’m finally getting to grips with the language. Portuguese can be tricky, but Rio has its own unique version of the language which can only by mastered by speaking to the lovely Cariocas. As the locals are so friendly and eager to get to know anyone who comes to visit their city, you will inevitably pick up some phrases. However, if you’d like to speed up the process and impress the locals with your fluency, below you can find just out how to do so.

Improve your Portuguese with a Briton's tales in Rio / Rdj4u

Practise the language it is also a great way to make Carioca friends when you first arrive


Language exchanges

Although tourists come to Brazil to learn the tuneful native language, there are many cariocas who would like to learn ours, or any other language for that matter. To avoid paying for Portuguese lessons you can use websites such as Language Exchange “https://www.conversationexchange.com/” in order to get in touch with native Portuguese speakers in return for offering them conversation in English. You can communicate via skype, by being a pen pal or do what I did and meet face-to-face. I still meet with my friend who I made through Language Exchange every week, twice. One hour in English then an hour in Portuguese. Not only is it the perfect opportunity to practise the language it is also a great way to make Carioca friends when you first arrive. On websites such as these you have to create a profile with details such as age and location. Therefore it is easy to find someone your own age who knows the city well and can offer you some advice.

How to improve your Portuguese with a Briton' tales in Rio / Rdj4u

I then went to see my favourite Brazilian band, Natiruts / Source


Listen to some Brazilian music

One of the best ways to learn any language is by listening to music. Brazil has a famous musical history that stretches beyond the legendary songs “Girl from Ipanema” and “At the Copacabana”. Due to Rio’s thriving music scene, if you find a current Brazilian band that you enjoy, there’s a high chance you’ll be able to see them in concert. In which case you can become a true fan by learning the words and then belting them out amongst the Cariocas. I’ve been to do outstanding concerts since arriving, I went to see Jorge Ben Jor at Nivea’s free concert on Copacabana beach and the whole evening was fantastic. He is famous for his song “Mas Que Nada” and when he began to play the whole crowd went wild, and everyone (including me!) knew all the words and sang along. I then went to see my favourite Brazilian band, Natiruts, at the Casas de Show Metropolitan in Barra de Tijuca. They are a very popular reggae band and during the concert I met lots of like-minded young cariocas who helped me to understand the lyrics!

Improve your portuguese with a Briton's tales in Rio / Rdj4u

Although a slightly unorthodox method of language dating, why not try speed-dating?


Try your chance at finding your true Brazilian love!

Although a slightly unorthodox method of language dating, why not try speed-dating? Some friends and I gave it ago before and it was a hilarious evening and I was able to truly put my Portuguese to the test. The concept is headed by a Language School, Caminhos, (http://caminhoslanguages.com/) and pairs Cariocas and gringos. The idea is to practice the language and find a potential love interest. You have five minutes with each person and can later decide if you would like to see them again. Although the whole notion may make some want to wince, it’s really just a fun way to put your language to the test and make some new friends. Although not everyone will find their one true Brazilian love, almost everyone is guaranteed a fun night as the party continues until the early hours of the morning. This year it will take place in the Pura Vida hostel in Copacabana on the 28th of April. (https://www.facebook.com/events/1704219023211663/)This evening requires you to harness the one essential aspect of learning a language: confidence. You have five minutes to ‘wow’ the person in front of you which will require you to sharpen your communication skills in Portuguese. Not to mention there is a free Caipirinha included in the 30 reais ticket price!

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In Rio it’s not difficult to strike up a conversation with Cariocas. In a city where the beaches are always full of locals and tourists alike, there is plenty of intermingling between local and foreign culture. Its outdoor nightlife also provides the perfect scenario for meeting and getting to know the locals as popular spots such as Lapa and Pedra do Sal always have a mixed crowd of both Cariocas and foreigners. Therefore once your Portuguese is up to scratch, you can begin to confidently insert yourself into the Carioca culture and get to know the people at the heart of the city.

By: Lucy Gavan, student of Spanish and Portuguese culture at the University of Bristol in England, currently living in Rio as part of an exchange programme with Rdj4u.

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What to do in Rio when it rains http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/what-to-do-in-rio-when-it-rains/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:16:09 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11399 As I Brit I do often chuckle to myself when my carioca friends complain about the rain, as the rainy season here is the equivalent to our summer at home! However, as Rio is known for its sunny beaches and spectacular scenery, its tropical storms, particularly during March, can get in the way of doing [...]

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What to in Rio when it rains / Briton's tales from Rio Rdj4u

As I Brit I do often chuckle to myself when my carioca friends complain about the rain, as the rainy season here is the equivalent to our summer at home!

However, as Rio is known for its sunny beaches and spectacular scenery, its tropical storms, particularly during March, can get in the way of doing some of the usual tourist activities. During the last month I’ve had the chance to explore alternative activities that rainy Rio has to offer. Below you can find out all about how to escape (or embrace) the wet weather in Rio, whilst still taking advantage of what this Marvellous city has to offer.


Museums and Art Exhibitions.

Rio is bursting at the seams with a huge range of exhibitions. From the famous Museum of Tomorrow to smaller museums, such as the Museo de Indio, which for me was particularly interesting.

Depending on how lucky you are, and if it rains on the right day, some Museums let you in for free! The Museum of Tomorrow offers free entry on a Tuesday and MAM (the Museum of Modern Art) on a Wednesday, as well as many others which allow visitors in on a Sunday for free.

However, my personal favourite rainyday exhibition was to the Fabrica Bhering. This enormous building, formerly a chocolate factory, is now home to multiple different artists’ studios, as well as independent clothes stores and cafes. Sat in the heart of Santo Cristo, the Bhering factory, which from the outside looks borderline derelict, boasts fantastic art exhibitions where you can see both the finished products and the work in progress whilst actually watching the artists at work. There are also vast rooms with interior design displays and alternative well-priced cafes. You can explore the entire building, and its free entry! Due the size of the building, once a month, Fabrica Bhering becomes the perfect venue for a variety of events, often live music performances that take place on the stage in their workshop area outside.

What to do in Rio when it rains / Fabrica Bhering

My personal favourite rainy day exhibition was to the Fabrica Bhering.


Shopping

A rainy day in Rio is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of its fantastic shopping opportunities. Rio has everything from dirt cheap essentials, to artisanal markets and famous designer shops. Rio Sul is one of Latin America’s largest shopping malls, and for any Europeans visiting Rio you can be sure to see some familiar brands which can be hard to find in South America. The mall is home to numerous international brands, as well as a huge food court and cinema. You may just find that you have no choice but to enjoy some retail therapy here if it’s pouring outside.

However, Rio is certainly not just about big brand names there is always some sort of market being held offering a range of uniquely carioca products and handmade wares. As well as Ipanema’s hippie market on a Friday, and general pop up markets that appear just about anywhere through the city, there is also the Babliona Feira Hype, a huge monthly pop up market near Lagoa. This hipster market offers everything from craft beer and burgers to independent swimwear shops. It is well worth keeping the whole evening free for this event as it features live music, an under cover and outdoor picnic area filled to the brim with pop up food stalls, not to mention the main attraction, hundreds of independent clothes shops!

Get wet!

Although some of Rio’s sites simply aren’t the same in the Rain due to their breath-taking views, if you don’t mind getting a bit wet (but still being warm!) there are plenty of outdoor activities to experience in Rio. I recently had a friend to stay with me in Rio and we decided to tackle the Botanical gardens in the rain. So, armed with an umbrella, we spent a few really enjoyable hours frolicking in the rain through the beautiful gardens. The botanical gardens are ideal in the rain because you are able to have the whole place to yourself. There are also multiple wooden shacks in the gardens where you can take a break, and listen to the rain hit the roof whilst looking out on the many spectacular views there are to see in these gardens.

Our ride on the Santa Teresa tram was also made more atmospheric by the rain. As we travelled over Lapa’s aqueduct, listening to the pitta-patta of the rain on the tram’s rooftop, we all bunched together in the cosy tram in order to soak up the bird’s-eye view of the city. Santa Teresa itself is still well worth the trip in the rain because of its boutique shops and restaurants. My friend and I took a break from the rain and popped into the neighbourhoods’s Cultiva Brasil, a little cafe known for having the best pão do queijo and açaí in the whole of Rio!
March is Rio’s rainiest month and as we enter April the storms are becoming less frequent and the temperature is settling providing us with a welcome spell of cooler weather. Just about perfect for this Brit who has spent the majority of the last four months sun burnt!

What to do in Rio when it rains / Rdj4u

The botanical gardens are ideal in the rain because you are able to have the whole place to yourself.


By: Lucy Gavan, student of Spanish and Portuguese culture at the University of Bristol in England, currently living in Rio as part of an exchange programme with Rdj4u

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