Resort

Brazil,
Rio de Janeiro

Introduction

Known for spectacular beaches, carnival, samba and crime, Rio is definitely not dull. The year-round beach weather and friendly, gorgeous locals, the Cariocas, seduce foreigners (literally and figuratively) with all of Rio's magic. Even though the creation of pacifying police units (UPP) in the favelas and the imminent Olympic Games and World Cup has alleviated the feeling of insecurity and social inequality, wealth and poverty still exist side-by-side in this city of contrasts.

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Essentials

  1. Leave your flowered shirts and jewels at home. Avoid looking like a tourist and you will be fine here.
  2. In summer, watch the sunset at the Arpoador rocks.
  3. Ipanema beach is a great meeting place but still not as safe as it looks.
  4. Consider a day trip to the hidden and untouched beaches of Joatinga and Prainha.
  5. Don't miss the central neighborhood of Lapa, packed with pubs dedicated to samba, and the bohemian Santa Teresa with its spectacular view of the city.

Two-hour tour

  • Museu da Chácara do Céu — With one of the largest private art collections in town, with works by Miró, Modigliani and big names in Brazilian art. It’s also worth a visit for the incredible view of Rio.

    Rua Murtinho Nobre 93, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 3970 1126

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  • Jardim Botânico — Created 200 years ago, this garden was declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco and shelters about 9,000 species of plants.

    Rua Jardim Botânico 1008, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3874 1808

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Santa Teresa

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 2222 2755

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  • Dependable chain

    Sofitel

    Avenida Atlantica 4240, Copacabana

    +55 21 2525 1232

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  • Premium

    Fasano

    Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema

    +55 21 3202 4000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Bistrô Cafeína

    Rua Farme de Amoedo 43, Ipanema

    +55 21 4103 2805

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Brasserie Rosário

    Rua do Rosário 34 , Centro

    +55 21 2518 3033

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  • Picnic spot

    Parque Lage

    Rua Jardim Botânico 414, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3257 1800

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  • Dinner for two

    Roberta Sudbrack

    Rua Lineu de Paula Machado 916, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3874 0139

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  • Lunch with friends

    Aprazível

    Rua Aprazível 62, Santa Teresa

    +55 21 2508 9174

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  • Late drinks

    Bar do Copa

    Copacabana Palace, Avenida Atlântica 1702

    +55 21 2548 7070

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    Escola do Pão

    Rua General Garzon 10, Lagoa

    +55 21 3205 7275

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  • Sunset cocktail

    Paxeco Bar

    724-D/ rua Pacheco Leão, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3114 8710

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  • Dinner with friends

    Zaza Bistro

    Rua Joana Angélica 40, Ipanema

    +55 21 2247 9101

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  • Barbecue spot

    CT Boucherie

    Rua Dias Ferreira 636, Leblon

    +55 21 2529 2329

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Academia da Cachaça

    Avenida Armando Lombardi 800, Barra da Tijuca

    +55 21 2493 7956

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  • Late bite

    Vezpa

    Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 1063, Leblon

    +55 21 2540 0800

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Livraria da Travessa

    Rua Visconde Pirajá 572, Ipanema

    +55 21 3205 9002

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Thank yous

  • Flowers

    Florisbela by Suzana Milman

    Rua Visconde de Pirajá 414, 1F, Ipanema

    +55 21 2287 1241

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Bags from Gilson Martins

    Rua Visconde de Piraja 462, Ipanema

    +55 21 2227 6178

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Reserva

    Rua Maria Quitéria 77, Ipanema

    +55 21 2247 5980

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  • Something for the kids

    Toys from Enfim Enfant

    Shopping da Gávea, Rua Marquês de São Vicente 52, Gávea

    +55 21 2239 9298

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  • Something for someone you love

    Traditional food treats from Casa Carandaí

    Rua Lopes Quintas 165, Jardim Botânico

    +55 21 3114 0179

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  • Something for yourself

    Arts and crafts from Brasil & Cia

    Rua Maria Quitéria 27, Ipanema

    +55 21 2267 4603

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Transport

  • — Take the subway to go downtown but a taxi is the best way to get around.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    A! Body Tech

    Ataulfo de Paiva 1100, Leblon

    +55 21 2512 5332

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