Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, travel, guide

Rio De Janeiro is the 3rd most popular destination in the southern hemisphere.

The great news is there is a new tram which stops right by the cruise terminal and is free for seniors. The Candela Station is a walk from the tiled steps, the Cathedral, the Market and the Beach. We show it in our film of Rio.



Rio De Janeiro means River of January, but strangely there is no river in Rio. Most famous for the statue to commemorate the end of slavery, Christ the Redeemer, on top of Mount Corcovado can be reached by cruise ship tour, local tour from the terminal, or by rail. Adult tickets are roughly fourteen pounds. The view from the top is fantastic but we decided the views from Sugarloaf are better. There is an escalator from the train up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer. If you go by coach, you will transfer to a local minibus near the top and that ticket is about the same price. Your local tour replaces the taxi to the train but will also take you to the football stadium, the beach, and then Sugarloaf (not always included, can be five dollars more). Voted one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the statue is thirty metres tall, and its outstretched arms reach twenty-eight metres across. It is mega busy in the morning as all the cruise tours head off there.

  • 0:00 – Cruise Port
  • 1:32 – Redeemer Statue
  • 4:30 – Football Stadium
  • 5:01 – Carnival
  • 5:46 – Copacabana Beach
  • 7:10 – Sugar Loaf
  • 9:48 – Urca Beach
  • 10:17 – Tram
  • 10:30 – Cathedral
  • 11:08 – Tiled Steps
  • 12:05 – Hojetem Curry
  • 13:20 – Santa Teresa
  • 13:46 – Market
  • 15:08 – Flamingo Marina
  • 15:27 – Flamingo Beach
  • 15:45 – Museum Amazonia
  • 16:45 – Sunset

If you are lucky enough to visit in February, the Carnival is unmissable. Samba city is a must for all dance lovers and the sambadrome is where the carnival happens.  There are samba schools all around and every samba school has a float with about fifty people dancing on them. The costumes are spectacular, and the fun and dancing never stop. The beaches of Rio are famous. Copacabana and Ipanema are the most well-known. Both are worth a visit. Ipanema beach has a weightlifting gym at the end for lifting stones! The Bosa Nova walking tour would cost around 30 pounds and is entertaining and interesting.

Famous for music there is a statue of Tom Jobim on the beach. The girl from Ipanema is his most famous song.

Typical tours will include


For the adventurous, there are exciting sports such as paragliding available on the beach. It is easy to get around. Moto-taxis are a great alternative to Ubers, and very cheap. Bikes are available for hire and the Tramline with street cars has become a symbol for Rio.

The Rio’s Favellas are home to 1.5 million of the population and if you want to experience local award-winning food Bardo David is the place to go. It is a famous bar. The food is varied and delicious.

The Bosa Nova walking tour would cost around thirty pounds and is entertaining and interesting.

Famous for music there is a statue of Tom Jobim on the beach. The girl from Ipanema is his most famous song.

For football fans, the place to see is Maracanã Football Stadium. The arena is massive and impressive and known throughout the world.

For nature lovers, Jardim Botanico has over 8,000 plant species and was designed by the order of Prince Regent Dom Joao.

For church lovers, the unusual metropolitan Cathedral of St Sebastian is very modern. It looks a bit like an upturned bucket, but the windows are spectacular!

Another important touristic site is the Selaron tiled staircase in the neighbourhood of Lapa. Definitely, a must-see whilst visiting the Cidade Maravilhosa. The staircase was built in 1947 by Chilean Jorge Selaron, a traveller, painter, and ceramic artist. The stairs are made up of tiles from over sixty countries around the world.

  • Music Used in the film
  • Doris Visits theme – Mark Blackledge (owned)
  • Getz Me to Brazil – Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions (YT License)
  • Jazzeton by Quincas Moreira (YT License)
  • Sideways Samba by Audionautix (is licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0)
  • Carnival De Brazil by Doug Maxwell (YT license)