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05/31/2010 04:51:42 PM · #1
I am going to a conference in Rio de Janeiro that will take place from 17-19 June. After the conference I am still going to stay in Brazil for another week and do the tourist thing (I fly back to South Africa on 26 June). Recommendations for things to do and photograph? I still have to organise my accommodation for the week after the conference so I might also go somewhere other than Rio de Janeiro. I have never been to South America before, so I only know what I have seen on TV/online.

~Konrad
05/31/2010 05:31:37 PM · #2
In Rio de Janeiro you could/should visit "Cristo Redentor", "Sugar Loaf" and some beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema/Leblon). This would be the "must see for tourists". (The Christ is actually under repair, and I dont know if it will be OK for visitation in June, but the Sugar Loaf is a nice option for take some pictures). You also have some beaches farther away, with less buildings and a more "wild" feeling...

The botanic garden is a good option too!

Depending on your taste, you could go for different night clubs, bars, etc...

There are also some near towns with different approaches (beaches or hills). Google "Buzios/RJ" to see a different beach town nearby (100 miles, I think). Google "Teresópolis/RJ" or "Petrópolis/RJ" to see some towns uphill.

Take a look at my pictures. Most of them were taken in Rio.

Send me a PM if you want some specific information and I´ll try to help.

Regards,


06/02/2010 06:35:08 PM · #3
jotaga: Thanks for the reply. You mention a few places that I am definitely going to try visit, but I am also interested in less "touristy" places (especially for landscape photography). I have sent you a PM.

Anybody else have any recommendations?
06/02/2010 07:28:29 PM · #4
I was there a few months ago on business. Didn't get a lot of time to tour around.

If you want to see something totally unique to Brazil, go on a favela tour. A favela is a shanty town - slum type of place. They are huge.

We went with these guys

The views of Rio from the Favelas are spectacular as well. They did get some flooding a couple of months ago, so I don't know the current situation. I would check in advance.

Do not go on your own, only go on a guided tour. They can be dangerous if you don't know you're way around.

Here are some photos from Carnival and the Favelas

That's my Facebook album, I think it should work.

06/06/2010 02:31:05 PM · #5
A Favela tour looks like it would be worth doing.
06/06/2010 06:07:38 PM · #6
Yeah... The favela tours seem to be very popular with foreign people. Go for it!!

The flood was harder on Niteroi (neighbor town), and I think that the regular tours are OK...

I am making a list of places with a few comments and will forward to your mail soon...

Christ The Redeemer seems to be closed for repairs...

Message edited by author 2010-06-06 18:08:32.
06/07/2010 06:25:36 PM · #7
It's too bad that the Christ the Redeemer statue is closed, it was really high up on my list of things to see. I will still try to get a shot of it from a nearby hilltop (hopefully there is not too much scaffolding around the statue).

Would anyone staying in Rio de Janeiro (or the surrounding area) be interested in a DPC GTG?
06/07/2010 06:45:27 PM · #8
Keep big cameras hidden and take taxis everywhere. I had a gun put to my head last time I was there. Don't worry, I fought him off - he wasn't having my camera!
06/07/2010 07:43:03 PM · #9
You'll have many wonderful places to visit in Rio.
If you plan come to Sao Paulo, send me a PM, I can show you the city.
06/07/2010 09:50:53 PM · #10
Originally posted by samchad:

Keep big cameras hidden and take taxis everywhere. I had a gun put to my head last time I was there. Don't worry, I fought him off - he wasn't having my camera!


Unfortunately this is a good advice. Metro (subway) is fine, but avoid buses, and avoid walking with the camera hanging on your neck. I live here and i don't do this...
06/07/2010 10:05:43 PM · #11
Originally posted by darnok:

It's too bad that the Christ the Redeemer statue is closed, it was really high up on my list of things to see. I will still try to get a shot of it from a nearby hilltop (hopefully there is not too much scaffolding around the statue).


I haven't been to Rio in years, but I always liked Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar) a lot more than the Cristo. You get there on two cable cars, and if the weather is decent, you should be able to get some spectacular "aerial" shots.

A trip to the old Imperial summer capital at Petropolis is very interesting.
06/13/2010 12:12:42 PM · #12
Originally posted by Lelez:

You'll have many wonderful places to visit in Rio.
If you plan come to Sao Paulo, send me a PM, I can show you the city.

I am going to see if I can make a trip to Sao Paulo (more than just stopping at the airport to/from Rio de Janeiro), depending on availability/affordability of transport. I will give you a shout if I go there.
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