Why you should go to Rio de Janeiro !

No place else on earth combines so many marvelous qualities quite like Rio de Janeiro, an exciting city with friendly, fun-loving people and breathtaking surroundings.

From a pedestal atop the peak of the Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer overlooks the city, welcoming all with open arms to this chaotic and seductive destination. The Tijuca Forest, said to be the largest urban forest in the world, at his feet provides a stunning backdrop along Guanabara Bay, including monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise up directly from the sea.

In addition to natural beauty, the city packs in theater, world-class shopping, 19th century architecture, modern skyscrapers, a ritzy lagoon neighborhood, football stadiums and soft white sand beaches, to name a few. Even the favelas (slums) in Rio have their charms and have become touristic attractions in their own right.

And no introduction to Rio is complete without mention of the infectious celebratory vibe that permeates a city that is home to the biggest party in the world. Carnival welcomes all revelers during this week-long festival, which includes a host of gay parties all over town. New Year's Eve is another big draw with an estimated two million people in Copacabana alone, also known for its Gay Pride celebration.

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Boat trip to Niterói

The commuter barges crossing the bay to Niterói cost just over US$1.50 and offer incredible views from a different angle....

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Around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas the cycling paths are traffic free, and you can hire a bike for a reasonable price....

Sunset in Ipanema

Due to the geographic position, the best sunset in Rio is the one from Ipanema beach. Grab a caipirinha, and take your...

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Rio de Janeiro, assim como o Brasil. Uma cidade maravilhosa, cheia de encantos e um país mágico!!!

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Beautiful and amazing... The beach are gorgeous and the tourist attractions are very fun

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Getting around

With an unreliable bus network and a metro system not quite connected to the main tourist areas, driving is perhaps the best option if you plan to be highly mobile, but be ready for traffic and challenging road signage. From the International Galeão Airport, rental cars, a convenient shuttle van, taxis and the bus are available to get you into town, but if taking public transport, be aware of pickpockets and learn a key few Portuguese phrases.
Look for Itaú Bank's blue logo on the orange city bikes throughout Rio. Registration is required through the Mobilicidade website, and you'll need an active mobile phone to release the bikes at the docking stations with a special app. A U$3 monthly covers one-hour rides at no extra charge, or day passes are available for U$1.50. Check your ride's condition before selecting, since it is not uncommon to find a pedal missing or a flat tire. Bikes must be returned by 22h.
Rio's metro network has expanded considerably in the last decade with downtown and the northern neighborhoods now served by a modern and efficient service. 
The main touristic areas in the Zona Sul like Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Botafogo are served by two highly organized bus lines that are run by the Metro system. Known as the Metro de superfície (overground metro), the modern blue and silver buses are delightfully reliable in contrast to the rest of the bus network outside these areas, which should be avoided if unless your Portuguese and you are able to blend in to avoid being a pick-pocket target.
The taxis in Rio are very good and for the most part reliable with down to earth prices. Painted bright yellow with long blue stripes on each side, they are very easy to spot in the sometimes chaotic city traffic. Note that there may be surcharges on weekends and late night. Uber has also established service.

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