Cycling around Lagoa is a great option when the weather, or your head, is cloudy. Estimated Total Time (T): 5h Estimated Total Cost (C): R$ 60 Best on: Cloudy Weekday
Breakfast Get breakfast at a juice bar: Acai (see page 164) with a misto-quente.
Rent bike Rent a bike for the whole day. Ask your hotel reception for the nearest bike rental, or consider the Samba Bikes (see page 52). Make sure you rent the lock too, as you will be leaving it locked here and there.
Cycle around Lagoa Head over to Lagoa and cycle around it anti-clockwise, stopping at any of the coconut stands for some coconut water.
Lunch Stop for lunch at the Gavea mall`s food court. After lunch, check out the rest of the mall.
Jardim Botânico Once three quarters of the way around Lagoa, you should look for signs for Jardim Botanico. Get over there, lock the bike and walk around for an hour.
Designer street Rio’s designer corner, with 4 large stores showcasing dozens of designer creations. Rua Lopes Quintas, between 87 and 167
Parque Lage Then bike over to Parque Lage, right next door. Nice. Snoop Dogg`s “Beautiful” video was filmed there. Chill at their cafe and soak it all in. Plan out your video clip for your future smash-hit single featuring Placido Domingos.
Scary yet exciting, but, of course, that’s the idea. After a flight, however, your self-confidence will skyrocket and you’ll be thankful you didn’t miss out on the incredible view! Tip: Call a few days ahead, so you can be notified of favorable wind-conditions, helping to guarantee a longer flight time.
Aestheticians and dermatologists in Rio are ready to make you look your best. Diode Laser for epilation, Botox, Pixel, IPL device for skin spots and spider veins, Thermage for contouring, fillers and peels or a good old fashion facial are the most requested by tourists, since you can walk in and out in under 2 hours. Call to learn more.
Rainy Rio? All right! Latin America´s largest urban spa offers half and full day packages for you to choose between 18 massages, foot reflexology, clay body-therapy, lymphatic drainage, body peel, and aroma-therapy bath.
Nirvana Spa Praca Santos Dumont 31 (inside the Jockey Club), Gávea tel: 2187-0100 nirvana [at] enirvana.com.br www.enirvana.com.br Prices start at roughly R$100 for 1 hour, depending on the service.
There isn´t anything more traditional and refined in Brazil than drinking tea at Colombo Confectionery downtown. History adorns every detail. While trying the portuguese desserts and pastries, let the century old mirrors and decor sink in.
Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32 tel: 2505-1500 | WEBSITE – Centro
Every day, even before the first rays of sun, it welcomes its first guests: rowers, cyclists, joggers. Little by little, others join in: babies, mothers, nannies, sailors, lovers. All of them a dedicated supporting cast to a daily spectacle starred by waters which sparkle 24 hours a day.
Cultural program to please all. Cinema, theater, library, lectures, recitals—all in a lavish historical building, with a central atrium topped by a magnificent skylight cupola bathing the interior of the building in natural light. In here, Art never rests!
Rua 1º de Março, 66 tel:3808-2020 | WEBSITE – Centro
The waterfront building is already a piece of art on its own that any Rio De Janeiro Travel group should visit, but there is more! Art exhibits, large and lofty halls, gourmet restaurant, movie theater, design objects store… Well worth the visit, no matter what is in exhibition.
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85 tel:2240-4944 | WEBSITE – Flamengo
Wandering through these paths leads the mind towards harmony. The smell of green freshness invades every nook and cranny of your lungs with a bewildering sensation. The world changes, everything gains new meaning!
R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 tel:2239-5340 | – Jardim Botânico
Ever since the Army granted access to the public, people have been won over by the unexpected and novel views of Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon. From high up on the hill, right beside the cannons, the view is breathtaking!
A festival of good-looking people! Here you can check the city’s tightest, most ripped bodies. Celebrities or unknown, all could very well grace a magazine cover or centerfold. Tip: Be discreet with the camera, you paparazzo wannabe you!
Raining? Take a one-day (4 hour) cooking class at Cook in Rio and learn how to cook Bahian seafood moqueca or the traditional black bean feijoada, as well as Brazilian cocktails and appetizers . US$ 75 per person includes food and drinks.
Have you thought about going around Sugar Loaf mountain via the sea? Astonishing? Yes! The bay water are calm enough to make the experience pleasureable, and easy enough for most. Daily tours. Book 24 hours in advance.
seem about to fall apart. Do ride on one. It is quite amusing to watch snippets of daily life unfold, such as the conductor stopping, going out to buy smokes, climbing back up aboard and riding on nonchalantly.
Av. Pasteur, 520 2546-8400 | WEBSITE – Santa Teresa
Among the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, it is the closest to God one can get in Rio. The best way to go see the Statue of the Christ is to take the Corcovado train. During high season, get there early, or buy the ticket early and come back by 4:30PM to be up there by sunset. Rua Cosme Velho, 513 tel: 2558-1329 | WEBSITE – Cosme Velho
The largest temple in Brazil, where every Wednesday and Sunday 120 thousand people congregate to do some serious praying, devoutly intense, making all sorts of promises to the saints. Want to go, but are scared? Go with a group, with the hook-up: van, tickets, security chaperones etc.