Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Rio. WTR's Rio map show you the location of The Mayrink Chapel and the Pao de Acucar.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at C T Boucherie and what to order at Zaza Bistro Tropical.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Welge Travel Report Notables for Rio
Getting around Rio
Public transportation in Rio
WTR's Tony Transit says for the best info on public transportation in Rio go to (http://rio2016.com/en/rio-de-janeiro/transport) – Transportation in Rio includes: the Metro, Buses, Vans, Executive Buses, a Ferry Service, and Taxis.
Public transportation during the day is safe and inexpensive. Taxis are plentiful. Keep in mind that taxis have 2 rates – one for daytime (9 AM to 8 PM) and one for nighttime (8 PM to 9 AM).
People Watching in Rio
Our Francois Flaneur says Arpoador has great PW and sunsets. A restaurant that offer top PW is Sushi Leblon.
Beverages in Rio
WTR's Larry Lager says The Caipirinha is world famous. Beer and wine are very popular.
Dining in Rio
Our Carlota Cuisine says the best dining in Rio is Academia da Cachaca - Daily from noon, Leblon St. Count Bernadotte, 26, 21 2529 2680
This a great place to have fun, learn about the national drink and its main ingredient cachaca. The kitchen offers an interesting menu with their rendition of feijoada.
Nightlife/Entertainment areas in Rio
WTR's Shauna Showtime says the best Samba is in the Lapa neighborhood.
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Shopping in Rio
Surprise! Beachware tops the list for shopping in Rio, 2nd is gemstones. WTR's Shari Shopper says this is the best shopping.
“The Zona Sur (Southern Zone) is the home to Rio's upper middle class and generally has the best shopping opportunities, especially in Ipanema. Ipanema also has a Sunday morning "hippie market" where you can buy amateur art (some of the naïfs are not bad) and the typical range of local crafts, especially in leather and carved wood.
There you can also buy the wide range of percussion instruments and whistles used in Bahian and traditional Brazilian music, also in samba.
For example, the cuica is a fricton drum which makes sounds akin to that of a squealing pig, or a hooting monkey.
Ipanema has a wide variety of boutique stores featuring local designers of bikinis, beachwear, and attractive tropical dress.
As for gemstones, the 2 major vendors are H.Stern and Amsterdam Saur, both headquartered in Ipanema, but with stores throughout the city. H.Stern will pick you up at your hotel, or will reimburse you for taxi fare to their main store in Ipanema where you can take a short interesting tour of their gem cutting and gem museum.
As you finish the tour, you will exit onto an elegant and subtlely lit room with many cubicles, each manned by a beautiful or handsome Carioca (inhabitant of Rio).
You will be guided to a cubicle and offered refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drinks, caipirinhas) and given the hard sell. You do not have to buy, and it's fun to see and price the jewelry and stones.
It is advantageous to let your host know you are not buying upfront to avoid disappointments. Ipanema also has many smaller jewelers, all thoroughly legitimate with smaller inventories, but perhaps better price/quality than the 2 big jewelry elephants.
There are several interesting stores, one near the Copacabana Palace hotel, that sell paraphernalia related to the local Brazilian religions - Condomble' and Macumba, which are an amalgam of Christianity and African religions brought to Brazil by African slaves.
These include worship of saints, and other gods, such as Imanja', the goddess of the sea. The store items include statues of saints, and orishas, bead necklesses, the white dresses used by women in Condomble' rituals and dances, spells, candles, and so on.
If you're out at night in Brazil in the countryside or the city and you encounter lit candles accompanied by a bottle of cachaca, a box of matches, cigars, maybe a few banknotes or fruit, do not disturb this grouping.
It is an offering to one of the religious orishas. Disturbing the offering may result in an unfortunate consequence - for you.”
A special word of caution from our Cousin George: “You must never wear jewelry, either real or which can be mistaken for real or attractive watches if you plan to walk the streets either day or night. Carrying purses is not a good idea.
The slums, or favelas, often start no more than 4 or 5 streets inland from Avenida Atlantica which is the beach road in Copacabana. The beach is entirely democratic and is frequented by favela dwellers, as well as affluent Brazilians.
Watch out especially for favela children, who snatch whatever they can and are gone in an instant.
Recognition for Rio.
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Rio.
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: MNBA
Now to May 27, 2018 see The Space of Art
Opting for the approach of spatiality in the work of art curators of the exhibition "The space of art" remind that their transformations throughout the twentieth century are essential to understand the visual and conceptual changes that have occurred over more than one hundred years of history, generating consequences in the doing of today.