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Any touristy place would be LESS crowded than usual during Carnaval ?
Posted January 15th, 2009 - 6:57 pm by from Wheeling, United States (Permalink)
Hi !

We have 10 days in RIO and I am just curious if typical attractions like Sugar Loaf and Corvocado get more or less attention during peak Carnival days (Feb.21-24)? Should we visit those before all the crowds land ?

Tuesday of Carnaval our flight leaves late and I would appreciate suggestions of places to visit before heading out - sort of one-two day trip ideas. Major concern - logistics - not getting stuck somewhere inroad and being able to make a flight ...

We love beaches and hope to spend few days at Ila Grande but trying to decide on 4-5 days prior to carnaval or 2 days (monday-tuesday) during carnaval in RIO - PROs/CONs of each ?

Thanks !

Posted January 25th, 2009 - 6:15 pm by from Niteroi, Brazil (Permalink)
About Sugar Loaf and Corcovado they'd used to get crowded on this Carnival Period...But though you should try to get there on sunday-22th or monday-23th....

Otherwise, i have a list (below) where you can find out such information about the main tourist attractions in Rio -

Sugar Loaf (Cable car)
Corcovado Train (Statue of Christ Redeemer)
Botanical Garden
Tijuca Forest (Jeep tours advisable)
Barra da Tijuca beach and -Mirante da Barra-
Burle Marx State
Casa do Pontal
Copacabana Palace (Hotel)
Folklore Museum Edson Carneiro (Besides Catete Subway Station)
Indian Museum (Botafogo suburb)
Ipanema Beach
Maracanã Soccer Stadium
Modern Art Museum
Municipal Theatre
Naif Art International Museum
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
São Bento Monastery
Samba City
Forte de Copacabana (Forth)
Mirante do Leblon
Mirante do Leme
Santa Tereza Neighboorhood
North East Traditional Center (typical music, dance and
Food from North-east Brazil) - in Sao Cristavao Neighbourhood
Niteroi (Itacoatiara and Itaipu beaches, Fish Market,
Art Comtemporary Museum, National Park of Niteroi-Parque da Cidade, Forths, nightlife, etc)

Night life:

Nightlife in Leblon
Modern Sound in Copacabana (Library and good Live
popular Brazilian Music)
Arcos da Lapa (young people and now where happens the mainly nightlife in Rio)
Rio Scenarium Bar and Plataforma


BBQ Brazilian Style:
- O Porcão BR (Flamengo)
- Churrascaria Carretão (Copacabana/Ipanema)
- Mario´s Churrascaria (Leme)
Samba in Lapa: anywhere in Lapa, although there are
many tourists there, you will find many cariocas
there. Democraticos, Carioca da Gema and Rio Scenarium
are great options. As for samba as well, Casa Roza in Laranjeiras neighboorhood it is a great option (sundays, starts @ 5pm)
Clubbing: Melt (Leblon), Nuth (Barra), Cat Walk (barra), Baronetti (Ipanema), Dito & Feito (Downtown, starts at 7p.m.).
Drinking: anywhere and everywhere (Devassa, Conversa
Fiada, Bracarense, Jobi, Botequim Informal). Drinking
in Rio is not like abroad. You go with friends, it is
not a bar scene nor a pick-up scene.

I hope you'd like it!

Posted January 25th, 2009 - 6:20 pm by from Niteroi, Brazil (Permalink)
One interesting option would be go trekking/hike in Tijuca's National Park....It's a typical touristy place in Rio, and plus it's not crowded - with lots of space and areas to go for a walk inside there.... :)

Posted January 25th, 2009 - 9:11 pm by from Wheeling, United States (Permalink)
WOW !!! Thank you for all the info !

Posted January 25th, 2009 - 9:26 pm by from Niteroi, Brazil (Permalink)
You're welcome folks ...

Posted February 11th, 2009 - 3:07 pm by from Holiday, United States (Permalink)
You will not even find camping availible during Carnaval on Ilha Grande it will be packed solid