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  • Rio de JaneiroPro 2014
    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 May 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro and Prague are my two favorite cites in the world. Last year I visited Rio, and I must say, Rio has everything, architecture, history, sumptuous cuisine, beautiful people, and beaches. What is there not to like about Rio? One thing, and it's a very important one thing, and that is safety. Some parts of Rio (some favellas) are no go areas for not only tourists, but the police who are too afraid to go into some of these areas. A word of caution, be very aware of your surrounding. Don't do like I did and forget where you are, and end up in the middle of a very dangerous Favella. Not very smart, but I learned a lesson.

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    5 Mar 12, 2014

    One's On life time is nice to visit Rio ! I'm From Brazil and recommended , just dress simple in jeans and sandals , bikini shorts

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    4 Jan 13, 2014

    Buzzing with energy and flamboyant costumes, Brazil's Rio Carnival will add a burst of life to your proposal - and it means you can continue to celebrate in style if you coincide asking the question with a trip to see this spectacular annual hedonistic affair. Dance late into the night, watch the extravagant parades and drink caipirinhas after she (or he) says yes!

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  • Rio de JaneiroPro 2014
    Thais Guimaraes
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    5 Nov 16, 2013

    They don't call it The Wonderful City for no reason. It is indeed naturally wonderful and you'll hardly not fall in love with it at first sight. The people are beautiful and there is always something going on around you, there are so many places to look at.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Oct 21, 2013

    Polarizing - that's the one word that sums up my impression of Rio thus far. The divide between rich and poor is so huge and yet the distance between the favelas and the wealthier districts is so close. It's to the point where it's not encouraged for visitors to walk up four blocks from the beach. Everyone tells me it's that bad. Nor can I walk anywhere and pull out my camera for fear of someone pick pocketing me. Despite the bad crime rap and the pricey costs of living, the cariocas (locals in Rio) are generally warm and friendly. The nightlife is amazing and it's totally true: Brazilians take their love of music, dancing, and life very seriously. I've seen old grannies get down at night clubs at midnight and no one judges her. The music and soul of Brazil is amazing, so no matter how bad the crime or divide between the poor and rich are, I have been fortunate to witness how great the city is and why it is visited by tourists.

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  • Rio de JaneiroPro 2014
    Julia P
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    4 Sep 03, 2013

    Rio is a beautiful city, full of contrasts between rich and poor (although I hear the middle class is up and coming) with the spectacular beaches you've heard of. Great Rio experiences include drinking caipirinhas, dancing the samba and the forro (doesn't come from the region, I'm aware, but there was a themed partay) and simply watching the sun set over the mountains while listening to drums beat on the beach.

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    Steve Hunter
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    4 Aug 15, 2013

    Rio is an amazing city and I only hit Leblon and Ipanema..and it rained the whole time...but the beach is one of the most amazing in the world and the food is incredible...I need to come back and spend more Tim so I can give it it's 5th star. In regards to safety the areas I spent my time in we're safe...but my understanding is the other neighborhoods vary...and favelas are close by...so be smart and have a great time

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    5 May 22, 2014

    Ronaldinho... sand... the sun...samba music and Jesus overlooking your whole city. This city has it all. Be smart though and travel in packs. Its best to obviously learn a little Portuguese to really enrich the experience.

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    Laíza Negrão
    4 May 26, 2013

    Beautiful people and awesome places to visit. Just keep an eye on the cab drivers and enjoy the view, the food and the rythm.

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    5 Apr 30, 2013

    In 2010, Dutch artists Haas&Hahn schemed to turn a favela in Rio de Janeiro into a giant canvas for their third project in that city’s slums (favelapainting.com). Enlisting the help of local youth, they converted the homes of Favela Santa Maria into a rainbow of staggering proportions, composed of rays in myriad shades radiating across the façades.

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    Hugo Silva
    5 Apr 12, 2013

    Amazing city with beautiful landscapes, great options of bars and restaurants, and interesting nightlife

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    Marcelo Pinheiro
    3 Feb 24, 2013

    I lived there for 31 years. Huge city. Tons to see and to do. Lots of great people but it can be dangerous. I hope that the authorities will improve safety for all as they get ready to host Soccer World Cup games in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Definitely a 6 stars place if they get rid of the violence over there but for now I can't give it more than 3 starts.

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    Courtney Regan
    5 Jan 04, 2013

    Directly behind my hometown of San Francisco, Rio de Janerio is my new favorite city in the world. During the day, I was endlessly entertained by miles of beaches and fascinating people watching. Thankfully, I could rent the trademark red umbrella and extend my stay on the beach for the entire afternoon. Every 100 yards or so there is a Beach Food Hut or Skol stand that provides refreshments such as cold beer, fresh coconut water and burgers. Enjoying an afternoon while lounging with Brazilians at these stands is a stunning way to spend a day!

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    Leticia
    5 Dec 28, 2012

    I know I am a little bit suspicious to say it because i am brazilian!
    But for sure is one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world.
    I suggest anyone going to Lapa! In my opinion there is so many options of nightclub there, from Samba to Rock!

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    Alice Moura
    5 Dec 06, 2012

    Rio is a spectacular city if you know where to go. To keep away of tourist traps and enjoy the very best of local's favorite authentic spots, have a look at this site that connects you with trustworthy fun local friends: www.rentalocalfriend.com

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    Michael L
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    4 Nov 21, 2012

    Went during Carnivale. It was cloudy and misty for 5 of the 6 days we were there, but it didn't stop us. You'll hear this a lot - Lapa is the place you want to go for a good street party. If you go here, I wouldn't recommend going to the Sambodromo unless you like blaring, unintelligible samba music. The floats were unlike anything I've ever seen, but that alone wasn't worth the $150+ I paid for the tickets. On the flight in, I sat next to a woman who's daughter lives here. She told me that whatever I do, don't walk uphill (into the favelas). It kind of left a paranoid taste in my mouth, but the ambiance of Rio made up for it shortly after I arrived. I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the persistent clouds and fear of the favelas.

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    Pigue Arthur
    5 Nov 19, 2012

    Flying down to Rio, going to Brazil. In the best rock n' roll way, Rio de Janeiro is one of the best destinations in Brazil, and everyone who likes beautiful girls, caipirinhas and beaches, you will love this city.

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    Artem Doronin
    5 Jul 11, 2014

    Rio has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world—and some of the skimpiest bikinis. That's the norm here, so you'd better not stare. But you'll also want to explore the city itself, which has beautiful architecture. The cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) offers beautiful views of the city. Ride it at sunset if you can.

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    Hilary McCarthy
    5 Oct 13, 2012

    I fell in love with Rio from the moment I set foot in it. Although it is true that it is a very disturbing place in one sense, in that the very rich and very poor are living cheek by jowl. We visited one of the favellas where a school was being provided and daycare for young children, some of whom relied on the providers for food. It was inspiring that there were those who, in spite of serious threat, were prepared to help in whatever way possible. Apart from this very distressing side of the city, people are very welcoming and hospitable. The food is delicious and served in gargantuan proportions. Their hospitality goes hand in hand with the desire that no one should go hungry. There are spectacular views and, in spite of a sinister subculture, Rio is an unusually relaxing place. Strolling by night along the promenade and sipping a beverage at sunset in one of the many little refreshment huts was an experience without rival. I would live there!

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    5 Sep 25, 2012

    Rio is the hang gliding capital of the world, with its year round fair weather and high mountains close to the beach. You don't need any experience to take a tandem flight.

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Affectionately known as the "Marvelous city" among locals, Rio de Janeiro is indeed a spectacular site to behold. Founded in 1565, Rio has grown to become one of the most famous cities in Brazil, and was in fact the capital of this far reaching country up until 1960. There are a number of iconic features associated with Rio, of which the Christ The Redeemer statue perched overlooking the city ... read more
might be the most striking. Another popular Rio feature, is the annual Carnival celebration. One of the biggest and most eccentric parties the world over, Carnival is just before Lent, and is tolerated by the within the Roman Catholic Church as a get-it-all-out-of-your-system now party. The natural landscape around Rio is spectacular, with the numerous peaks surrounding their unique harbor helping it land a spot on the list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are dozens of historic and modern attractions throughout the city, although it's still advisable to steer clear of the favelas, or slums. Still, if you are looking for fun and excitement, this city is one of the best such options in all of South America.

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