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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2014
Exchanging US dollars for Brazilian Reals during World Cup  (2 Answers)

We have heard that there is a US$20 transaction fee every time you use a traveler check. Is AMEX the best traveler check to use?
ATM cards: how safe is it to use them?. Is there a lot of scams or people hacking your bank account?. Would Citibank be a more reliable ATM card to use?
Where is a safe and reliable place to exchange US Dollars for Brazilian Reals: banks, airport....?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2013
Night Clubs Barra Tijuca  (5 Answers)

Oi, I will be moving to Barra Tijuca in April 2013. Can anyone recommend an upscale Night Club for people over 30, jazz e salsa music? Obrigado

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2012
Surfing board for rent in Macae???

is there any place where I can rent a surfing board in Macae?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2012
any information about Macae  (2 Answers)

do you have any information about Macae ?
Is it safe city
what should I visit?
where I shouldn't go and ect... ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2012
12hrs stop over in Rio?  (4 Answers)

hello everyone, my name is Galya and I am from Bulgaria. Me and my friends are visiting South America in February - 14th starts it all. On the way to Argentina we have a 12hrs stop over in Rio. And we would like to see some of the city - as much as possible. So if you can advice us how we can hire some person with a car ( not taxi, as I asume will be very expensive), to take us from the airport, show us some of the city and drive us back to the airport? how much this can cost? and do you think it is possible to find such person? thank you in advance Galya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2011
Short connection time RIO to Buenos Aires  (4 Answers)

My friend and I are flying to Rio (GIG) airport on 31 March with KLM, landing at 18:00hrs. Then, we wish to board another flight with Aerolinas to Buenos Aires at 21:20. We are concerned that, if our first flight is delayed or passport control are slow, we will miss the connecting flight. We really do not want to spend the night sleeping on the floor at the airport and then pay again for another flight, so I would be grateful if anyone can answer the following:

1. Is 3 hours 20 minutes between landing, passport control, queueing to book into next flight, passport control, boarding the next flight etc. enough time on a very slow day at this airport?
2. If we miss the flight is there a cheap(ish) b&b/hotel near or at the airport?
3. Any other ideas/options please?

Thanks very much, Mark.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2010
Is 18th of October a holiday? Ferry to Ilha Grande.  (2 Answers)

I have got an important question about the ferry to Ilha Grande from Angra dos reis. This ferry travels on 15:30 but in the weekend and on holidays at 13:30. We have to go this monday, 18th of october, to ilha grande, but we see that this is an holiday for the state rio de janeiro, but not a national holiday.

Will this ferry go on 13:30 (holiday) or 15:30 (normal monday)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2010
o.k.  (2 Answers)

I really had plans of going to China for Expo but as a grumpy old man after being jerk around by Continental Airlines I settled on Brazil because many of
my airline friends are attending meetings and tours in Brazil.
o.k. the blood is circulating and getting excited by it. Think it will be exciting and looking forward to it very much.
I appreciate all your suggestions very much. wow, I feel very good now.
John Banker
but how about a quickie.
sorry get your mind out of the street
quickie - type of electricity in Brazil.
meaning can I use my appliances from U S A - laptop and Cell Phone charging
thanks folks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2010
Hotels in Rio  (4 Answers)


I will have a conference in Rio.
The committee over some locations for hotels: Copacabana,Sao Conrado, Ipaneme and Barra da Tijuca.

Which area that is better to choose based on SAFETY, sightseeing and fun? However, I put safety for the most important.

I appreciate all opinions.


Andri Lubis

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2010
Rio March 2011  (2 Answers)

Hi peeps,

I'm going to Rio for carnival in March 2011.

We are looking for a safe 5* hotel?

Also what are somethings we should look out for so we arent in any danger? what areas should we stay away from.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2010
Adventurous birthday present in Rio?  (3 Answers)

My girlfriend comes by when I am in Brazil, she just had her birthday when she comes by. I want to use this opportunity to give her an unforgetable present, which can easily be done in such a nice country!

I thought about giving her a paragliding flight in Rio de Janeiro. My question is if someone knows a good, reliable company with a good price (Maybe the tourist office counts a higher price?)

But I think also about two other presents, which I am not sure if it is possible in Brazil, therefore this question, if anyone of you can tell me?
- Swimming with trained dolphins
- Bungeejumpen

Maybe, if it is possible anywhere outside Rio, my route is Rio, Ihla Grande, Paraty, Sao Paulo, Foz de Iguacu!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2010
rio climate  (2 Answers)

Hi, thinkin of going to rio in july, does anybody know how warm it is? hot enought for the beach and swimming? many thanx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2009
Cost of an apartment in Ipanema during winter?  (3 Answers)

Hi, me and 3 friends are interested in renting an apartment in Ipanema between May 1st - August 1st. We are wondering what kind of prices we can expect for this? Thanks for any help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2009
Intensive Samba Dance lessons in the Rio area  (3 Answers)

I am planning a dance holiday to Brazil over Carnaval 2010. I will be in Rio de Janiero 2 weeks before Carnaval starts and would love to get some intensive daily samba lessons, (I have been doing samba the last 8 months? can anyone suggest a good local dance teacher or studio? prefferably who speaks english??? very excited to hear your reply@!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2009
Babilonia hype market; Scooter biker, All saints day holiday and Flavela tours!!

Hi everyone – Im going to be staying ipanema from 22nd oct – 3rd November and have a few queries ...
Firstly – I can’t seem to get the website for the Babilonia hype market to work – is the market still on? I’ve heard its every second weekend – does anyone know if its on 24th and 25th October or 31st October and 1st November? And is it in the jockey club as I hear it moves around to different locations?
Also – is it easy enough to hire and get around on a scooter bike in Rio? I’m a very experienced driver and I’m very use to crazy foreign driving and heavy rain – but are there major problems with bike theft? Any ideas about how much it would cost for a few days?
Also – I’ve heard that it is a public holiday on the 1st Nov for All Saints Day. Does anyone know if there is any sort of parade arranged or any special events arranged over that weekend that would be worth checking out?
I’m also considering a Flavela tour – but not a mainstream type that would involve a A/C bus and 50 other tourists – I’d be looking for a more intimate small scale local outfit. Any suggestions?
I’m also considering handgliding – and I have heard ‘Superfly’ is good – any comments?
Any advice on any of the above or any other ideas on alternative things to do would be much appreciated! Thanks for your time. Cheers - Vic

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2009
Me and buddy going to Rio dec 25 - jan 4  (7 Answers)

Ok we are booking the trip either tonight or tomm. Pretty much we only have like two options for hotel stay within our budget. I think we are gonna stay at Lancaster Othon Hotel on Atlantic Av. We plan to get hotel/flight for 2100$.

We are both 23 and plan to enjoy the beach and go out at night to some bars and clubs. We also plan to visit the Christ statue and maybe one other major attraction. What are some of the best bars and clubs we should go to during our stay? And how much money will we need to bring for a 10 day stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2009
Favel Funk Parties  (3 Answers)

I've been to Rio several times but have never gone to a favela funk party. I hear is lots of fun. Is it pretty safe? Is one better than another?? Details please...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2009
Purchasing domestic plane tix  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know where and if I can purchase a reasonable ticket last minute to go from rio de janiero to Porto seguro while or will it be cheaper to purchase here in US before I go to Brasil>>??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2008
From GIG airport to Resende  (2 Answers)

I need to go to Resende from GIG, and would like to know if someone could tell me if there is any busses going to Resende from GIG airport. I guess there is not, but then there must be a bus station near the airport. I hope that someone could give me the directions.
Thanks in forehand

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2008
6 nights in rio  (3 Answers)

I have a dilemma!! Should I stay for 6 nights in rio from the 7th of may till the 13th or should I stay only for 4 nights and then rent a car and drive around rio, maybe go to sao poalo for 2 nights? what are the nice areas around rio that you suggest me to go at this time of the year? Can reccomend me the best places to dine, drinks, clubs, lounges... I would like to reccomend to trendy and the traditional places. I'm staying at the Fasano hotel, what do you think of it??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2008
Good diving around Rio de Janeiro  (4 Answers)

Can someone give me some advise about good diving spots close to Rio de Janeiro? Prices, websites ,experiences, how to get there, all advise is welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2007
tourist agencies at International airport?  (1 Answer)


are there any tourist agencies in the International Airport in Rio that are open till 20.30/21.00 and that sell bus tickets to other cities in Rio de Janeiro estate?

Many thanks

Kind regards

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2007
Concerts in rio  (1 Answer)

Hi, I will be in rio from january 23rd-jan 27th. Can anyone tell me of any nice concerts happening in town or how I can find out who is performing at that time. Last year when I was there I lucked upon seeing Jorge Ben at sugar loaf mountain. I am especially interested in bossa nova and other music as well..any information is greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2007
Tour recommendations  (4 Answers)


I am in Rio right now for about 8 more nights (just arrived yesterday). Can someone recommend a tour company (or similar) whom has good prices while being reputable?

I don't mind the public tours (only 2 of us) and we're interested in a wide variety of things to see...



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2007
soccer and samba rehearsals  (2 Answers)

Oi,does anyone know if there will be a soccer game at maracana on January 25 or 26th 2008??? Also, do you know where I can go to see a sambar rehearsal? Is the Mangueira rehearsal still available?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2007
Niteroi - Itacoatiara Beach

We will be traveling in October and staying in Niteroi - Itacoatiara. Can anyone shed light on how this area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 21, 2007
Advice on Apt Rental Ipanema  (2 Answers)

Our family of 3 is considering renting an apt for a short stay in ipanema but since we have never been there before and since I only speak Spanish, we would need a place that offers some sort of staff which is on hand to help with questions ie where certain restaurants are. It would have to absolutely have a pool and be within walking distance to the beach too. If you know of any such place or if you think the idea is a bad one, please let me know!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2007
travel from rio to foz do igwaso  (2 Answers)

i need to take abus from rio to the igwaso.
1.from where is posibol to take the bus?
2.where i buy the tiket?
3.rafly how much its need to cost?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2007
Recent violence in Rio  (2 Answers)

I'm going to be visiting Rio for the first time at the end of Feb with two of my friends. Been hearing a lot of news reports about recent gang violence spilling into some of the tourist areas of Rio. Is there any truth to this?? I've read all about theft in Rio and how it can be a dangerous city, but was just curious if things are worse right now then they have been in the past. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2006
Paraty  (5 Answers)

We're off to Rio as usual for Christmas and the New Tear, and have just decided to spend Christmas itself in Paraty. I've been before, but a long time ago. Any recommendations for restaurants/ boat trips/ whatever?

Thanks in advance, Robin

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