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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2016
Day rooms available?  (1 Answer)

After our cruise, we have approximately a 9 hour wait in Rio until we have to be at the airport.
We will have already taken a Rio tour but was wondering if anyone could recommend a hotel that rents "day rooms", preferably by one of the beaches.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2016
Weather and danger ?  (5 Answers)

I ll be there between the 12th and the 23 th of july , so how is the weather like ? Can we swim ? What clothes to bring ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2016
packing for end of June  (6 Answers)

Is it warm enough for a bathing suit? Are Jeans okay? Do I need a raincoat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
Colombo to Rio  (2 Answers)

How can I get there with one change?!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2016
Planning a trip for couples in February 2017  (7 Answers)

Hello lovely people,

I'm planning a trip to rio with10 couples in February next year. We are looking to spend time in rio for Valentine's Day (February 14th) and carnival. We also want to see attractions like: Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana, Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain, Jardim Botanico, Santa Teresa Neighborhood, Lapa Neighborhood, Tijuca National Park, Lagoa Neighborhood and downtown. I have four questions:
1. Is there a central location where we can stay and get to all these places within a 2 hour bus ride?
2. If so, what hotels do you suggest.
3. If not, what two hotels should I be looking at?
4. Lastly, is there any other sites that I'm missing that will help us learn about rio's culture and any romantic places I should know about?

Thank you all for your help!!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2016

Hello, I.m going to Rio from the 21st to the 27th of April and Im interested in seeing perhaps some shows, plays, ballet, dance there., art exhibits
Do you know of a website where I could find all the cultural agenda?

Thanks a million!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2016
Another where to stay- this one for k-1 medical and interview  (6 Answers)

I have been to Brazil many times including Rio de Janeiro. However, this trip is a little different for me. My Brazilian fiancé is flying in from the north east of Brazil for her medical exam for the K-1. I will be landing in Rio de Janeiro a couple of days later as I am meeting her so we can go to the consulate together for the interview. I am looking for hotels/pousadas in the two locations that are as inexpensive as possible while remaining clean and safe. I realize "safe" is a subjective term and in more dangerous cities, can be relative at best. I have been to Rio many times but all but one time were on business and stayed in Copacabana or Ipanema. I have been to many neighborhoods but never gave a good look at places to stay. I have some friends there who are full with babies or travel who are full with such things in life that make it difficult for us to stay near them. One recommended Barra da Tijuca while another said that it is simply too far. My fiancé of course speaks Portuguese (as do I) but is not a seasoned traveler and is nervous about the safety in Rio, especially while she is alone.

Someone has recommended to me Botafogo/Humaitá for a balance of access to these locations/transportation, safety, and price. The interview is at Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 - Castelo 20030-020. I can't find the address for the medical but one of the doctors recommended this place saying it's fairly close and reasonably inexpensive and safe: HOSTEL LEBLON ALL SUITES, Rua Joao Lira 149 CEP 22430-210 Leblon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2016
Weather at the end of March?  (3 Answers)

Hi, I am going to Rio end of March (20th) and was wondering what weather to expect? I have seen mixed posts about this but would like to know/hoping I am going to see more sun than rain and that it will be hot? As I will be doing a few tours and to come back with a good tan!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2016
Private Guide  (3 Answers)

Hello everyone. I will be in Rio for only two days at the end of May. Because my time is limited I think it's best to go with a guide. There are several forums/websites with recommendations but I'd like to see what everyone here has to say. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2016
Carnival 2016 Itinerary  (2 Answers)

There are 2 couples attending Carnival 2016 staying at the Novotel Santos dumont hotel Feb 5 - Feb 10 and need carnival activities, parade tickets, parties and tour suggestions. We also need transportation from GIG airport to hotel and transportation during our stay. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2015
Itinerary Help  (12 Answers)

Hello I will be in Rio de Janeiro Jan 14 - 19, Ilha Grande from 19 - 22 and then another night in Rio before leaving back to Chicago in the evening on the 23rd. I was looking for some help with information while in Rio de Janeiro. I will be staying in Leme from the 14-19. We get in around 3pm on the 14th so figure that evening we will get settled in and maybe explore the area a bit to get some food and drinks. So we will have full days on the 15, 16, 17, 18. I also figure we will go to some of the beaches but may not spend too much time lounging because we will have time to do that on Ilha Grande.

I figure one day we can spend exploring Centro on a walking tour and sites around there. Another day do some sort of excursion or adventure out of the city for a while. One day exploring parts outside of Centro so going to Copacobana, Ipanema and Leblon. Finally, a day we would like to take a trip to Petropolis.

Can we get Centro, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain in all in 1 day? If so, I figure do Christ the Redeemer first thing in the morning, explore centro and then do sugarloaf at sunset (read that is best time to go). Would all of that work? We would look into a free walking tour most likely as well for the day.

Does anyone have any good recommendations? I was thinking about a trip to the Botanical Gardens/Tijuca Rainforest, some sort of hike to see waterfalls. Are the botanical gardens/rainforest easy to do on your own or would you recommend a guide? Will we see waterfalls and do any hiking visiting these? Are the any types of activities you would suggest while in Rio that are in the close vicinity? Any jungle tours?

- Is Niteroi worth visiting?

What are must sees in Copacobana, Leblon and Ipanema? We were thinking of doing walk tours in these areas as well.

Concerning Petropolis, bus is the only option correct? Any recommendations of must visits while there?

If you feel like I missing anything please let me know. Keep in mind we plan to do water activities on Ilha Grande after hearing how poor the water quality was around Rio. We also will have a day and a half at the end of the trip to explore more areas of Rio, just not technically full days since we return from Ihla Grande so will probably get back to Rio around 1pm or so on the 22nd and then we fly out at 7pm on the 23rd.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2015
arrival on New Years eve at Copacabana  (7 Answers)

Hi we are arriving on December 31 at 10 at night and are concerned that its going to be difficult to get a taxi from the airport to the center of Copacabana, how easy is it to get a taxi on New Year or maybe there are some better options for transport?thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2015
Christ the Redeemer and rain  (4 Answers)

I'm in Rio for 2 more days and haven't been up to see Christ the Redeemer. Forecast is showing rain for the next 3 days. I am wondering if it is possible for me to go up to see Christ the Redeemer close up. Not sure if they close the entrance when it rains.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2015
Quiet place near Rio  (7 Answers)

I am looking for a place to stay not to far from Rio. It should be tranquil and relaxing. Would like to lay in a hammock and look at the monkeys... Does anyone know a place like this? Can be a nice pousada in a big garden too.
Have been to Ihla grande so thats out of the question.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2015
Tickets at Maracana  (1 Answer)

Maybe this is a little specific; but does anyone kmow how to get tickets for the match between Fluminense and Vasco at the Maracana tomorrow?

Is it better to take a guided tour, any cheap and good? Going with children so want to be safe

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2015
Best Months for Travel In South America re Weather  (14 Answers)


I put this question on the south America Forum but received no answers. Hopefully greater response via this forum.

Looking at taking a 18 day South America tour during 2016. Destinations included:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5 or 6 nights ( includes 2 days pre tour)
Iguazu Falls, Argentina 2 nights (arrive by air)
Buenos Aires 3 nights (arrive by air)
Lima, Peru 3 nights (arrive by air)
Cuzco 3 nights (arrive by air)
Puno 2 nights

June or July or early August would suit us best, however we can travel any month either side. Will have a round the world ticket (from Perth Australia) and intend to also visit Europe & UK which we have visited many times. The important thing is to visit South America during the better weather.

Appreciate all answers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2015
Plug adaptors  (3 Answers)


Going to Rio De Janeiro and was a little confused as to which plug adaptors we need to take. Some websites are giving us different information.

If you could advise us which plug adaptors to purchase (and possibly link me to a photo of the plug socket types in Rio) that would be much appreciated.

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2015
3 couples in Rio de Janeiro in early August  (4 Answers)

6 people (3 couples) traveling together to Rio. Only one of the six travelers speaks Portuguese. Your recommendations for transport from GIG to Copacabana? Your recommendations for travel to the main sights in Rio from Copacabana? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2015
how many days to see brazil  (5 Answers)

how many days to see brazil

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2015
any indians at rio de janeiro  (1 Answer)

any indians who can guide me at rio de janeiro

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
Safety in Rio de Janeiro  (6 Answers)

Is Rio de Janeiro safe for 2 girls traveling by themselves, without agency?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2015
"What is Rio de Janeiro's best Brazilian dance show?"  (1 Answer)

"What is Rio de Janeiro's best Brazilian dance show?"

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 20, 2014
Shipping Household Goods from Rioto the United States  (3 Answers)

Boa noite fellow travelers,

Next week, I will be moving back to the USA. Can anyone recommend a shipping company. I called American Airlines Air Cargo, and they told me that I needed to be a company or an agent in order to fly my household goods to the states. I have ten boxes which includes my bicycle and artwork. So, my next recourse is to have my cargo shipped. I appreciate any help or assistance.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2014
Where to love?  (4 Answers)

I will be moving to rio next year to live for a year..I would really appreciate any advice on the 'safest' places to look at for renting an apartment???
I have been told copacabana is very expensive and not the safest. What about ipanema?
I have read the many warnings about living in rio and watching out for your safety..hopefully it has got better in recent times!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2014
Rio Carnival accommodation  (4 Answers)

We are flying into Rio on Sat 14th Feb for a week. (We actually booked the trip from UK after finding a bargain flight and did not realise it was Carnival week!). However after initially being excited the cost of accommodation seems to be through the roof, some hostels are charginh £50 a night for a dorm bed and insisting you stay at least 6 nights. Can anyone recommend somewhere that is reasonably good value? Is it worth taking a chance and booking late? Maybe we should get out of Rio altogether alough our flight does arrive quite late? Any suggestions or ideas really appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2014
NON-touristy romantic restaurant in RIO??  (3 Answers)

Hi, I have been checking Rio on the forums as I'm going there this Aug (2014) with my fiance who is from Rio and still keeps an apartment close to Copacabanna Beach. I was hoping to surprise him (Since he is the local) with setting up reservations and plan a romantic night for us of dinner and dancing. I'm looking for a more "local" place with less of a touristy feel. I'm sure that HE would be able to find one quickly but my point is about surprising him and making him feel special that I took the time and thought to put a night together for him in his home town. Any suggestions? - Julie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2014
Rio De Jenerio to Porto Alegre  (3 Answers)

Hi All can anyone tell me if there is a bus company that can transport a group from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil to Porto Alegre.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2014
Looking for local guide  (1 Answer)

Any member know a guide who can show me the less obvious wonders of Rio?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2014
Terminals 1+2 in GiG  (5 Answers)

Hey, quick airport question guys!

I will arrive from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro GiG airport in terminal 1C on September 13th, and 4 hours later I have a ticket leaving Rio to the US with TAM airlines from Terminal 2.
And these are separate tickets with two separate airlines.
Does anyone know if I have to clear Customs and Immigration in Terminal 1 in order to check into my flight at Terminal 2? Remember, these tickets are separate.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2014
hotel recommendation  (5 Answers)

We will be in Rio for one additional day after our cruise disembarks. I am looking for a hotel in a safe and well located area for seeing some sights. Never having been there before and since Rio seams spread out I am uncertain where that may be. Any recommendations?

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