Destination Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America
|Categories Singles, Over 50's, Families|
|Flight Time 12 hours from UK|
It starts to
get hotter around October and Summer is from December to February and
marks the colourful festive period of Carnaval. (The main Samba parade
dates are Feb 22-23 2004 and Feb 6-7 2005). It's also a period when
it's hot and humid (30-40c). The rest of the year it's cooler in the
mid 20c’s. They say head to the northeast coast if you get stuck
in a period of non-stop winter rain - there you can enjoy warmer temperatures,
less humidity and some welcome tropical breezes. With less humidity
in the air, Spring is the most comfortable season in Rio and the sunny
days are especially bright. Spring is also the best time to take some
superb photographs from the Sugarloaf and Corcovado hills. It is a wonderful
time to visit the Tijuca Forest, Botanical Gardens, and the Flamengo
Reclaim. Expect temperatures ranging from 20 to 30c.
Rio is one of those places that has a certain "cool" ring about its name. When you've just returned from a fortnight's adventure you're left feeling that you’ve really been abroad and to somewhere very special. Telling everyone you've "just flown in from Rio" sounds far more exciting than "I had a two week holiday in Benidorm." Not that Benidorm should be avoided - it's just that "Rio" sounds great.
Rio is great. For a start take a look at its location. Set between the
sea and an escarpment Rio has to have one of the world's most beautiful
settings. Add to this a few national parks, stunning beaches and a population
who know how to samba and you've a potent cocktail that will enliven and
Centro is Rio's centrer and here you'll find a bustling working city by day. If you enjoy museums then Centro offers an ideal array that you can explore on foot. There are numerous musems dedicated to art, Carnaval, history and samba.The National History Museum contains interesting displays and historical relics while the Naval Museum tells the story of the Brazilian navy dating back to the 16th century.
The two most recognised sites in Rio are Sugarloaf mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. And you've just got to visit them. Sugarloaf mountain on clear days offers some amazing views at sunset of Rio and its city lights. Avoid the tourist buses by visiting outside the times of 10-11am and 2-3pm. You can enjoy the journey there by cable car. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is positioned on the top of Corcovado (Hunchback) mountain and at night the statue is visible from all over Rio. From the mountain you can see a spectacular view of Rio and in the distance the international airport. Although you can reach Corcovado by bus or taxi the best way is by travelling on the cog train. It only costs around US$12 and if you opt to sit on the right-hand side of the train you'll enjoy the best views.
Copacabana beach is the famous curved beach you'll see in most post cards and here's where you'll find the hotels, restaurants, shops and bars that accompany the tourist trade. The beach runs for 4.5km. It's the place to see the locals having fun.
Activities Just to get you started how about some of the following: hang-gliding 510m off Pedra Bonita, surfing or cycling. Play "around" - there are two 18 hole golf courses. If you like heights then a helicopter ride over Rio could be just the ticket. However, for those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground there are numerous hiking and climbing opportunities through three national parks. There are tram, city or historic tours that take in the sights and introduce you to Rio from the comfort of a seat. As a major city, Rio de Janeiro has all you could expect and more. There are excellent restaurants, sophisticated nightclubs, charming bars, musical extravaganzas, theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries, fashionable stores and shopping centres, and world-class sport.
UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Brazil. However, passports
must be valid for at least six months and a return ticket and proof of
sufficient funds may be requested on arrival.
Refer to your local GP but as a minimum an international certificate of
vaccination against polio is compulsory for children aged between three
months and six years.
|Recommended Guide Books (an essential purchase before visiting Rio)|
the many layers of Brazil. Canoe the jungles of the Amazon, hang glide above
Rio's beaches or experience the baroque architecture of Ouro Prêto.
Whether you want to listen to the roar of Iguaçu Falls or get down
at Carnaval, this essential guide will show the way.
clubs to soccer stadiums, Rio de Janeiro offers plenty of places to sweat.
Our updated and easy-to-follow guide includes everything you need to explore
the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) like a local.
|©2003 Fabulous Holidays, photographs courtesy of the Brazilian Tourist Office, London|