Rio de Janeiro

  • Accommodation:
    • Ritz Boutique Hotel
  • Transport:
    • The city has a metro consisting of three lines: orange, green and yellow. The yellow line is an extension of the orange line created for the 2016 Olympics
    • The orange line goes to most of the city’s tourist attractions
    • Central station is the transfer station where you can switch between the orange and green line
    • You can also use the trains, which consists of seven lines all leading out of Central Station. The train costs R$4.20 per journey
    • There are numbered buses that take you to destinations in the city. The 581 goes from Copacabana to the Sugarloaf mountain
    • Operating times vary and a ticket costs R$3.60. You need to pay the driver on board
    • Alvorada station is where the main BRT lines run, allowing you to access most of the West and North Zone. Price per ticket is R$3.60
  • Things to see:
    • Downtown Rio
    • Lapa Steps
    • Ipanema Beach
    • Sugarloaf Mountain
    • Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
    • Copacabana Beach
    • Monastery of St Benedict
    • Christ the Redeemer
    • Museum of Tomorrow
    • Parque Lage
    • Lady of Lapa
    • Candelária Church
  • Tips:
    • We had an excellent time in Rio, though we were aware of the safety issues. Our hotel receptionist informed us to be careful while taking photos due to pick pockets and to simply take a picture and put our phone/camera away after. Just like with any country, be aware of your surroundings
    • There is no cost to hike Corcovado up to Christ the Redeemer, but there are reports of people being robbed
    • There is a ticket kiosk for Christ the Redeemer near Copacabana beach. Here you can also catch the shuttle bus that takes you to the statue, which leaves from Praça do Lido. Ask the ticket seller to point out where to catch the bus from