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      Travel flow around Salvador Nov 10-25

      Brazil Yesterday

      Flying into SSA around Nov 10 I want to visit the following places with minimal doubling back. How does this look?

      Nov 10 -arrive Salvador for Foz de Iguacu
      3 nights Salvador -
      3 days/2 night side trip Lencois (night bus from Salvador)
      2 night side trip Sao Felix/Cachoreia (from Lencois via Feira de Santana (bus)
      -Salvador via bus from Sao Felix/Cachoreia
      3+ night side trip Morro de Sao Paulo or maybe on to Boipeba (boat/boat) Somewhere with a decent balance of not to busy but not too secluded. a little nightlife is good, no wild parties. I'm 55 :)
      depart Salvador around Nov 25 for Rio

      Thanks in advance

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      Chapada Diamantina

      Brazil Yesterday

      What is the weather like around Lençois in mid November? I read somewhere rains come in November. I'm thinking of a daypack only 3 day side trip from Salvador. Would I need rain gear?

    • Connecting through Rio De Janeiro

      Brazil Sep 21, 2016 at 8:40 PM

      Hi!. As it turns out I will be visiting Brazil within the month. I am travelling through Rio De Janerio and Salvador. Does anyone know what the clearing process in Rio is like? I only have about 1hr 45 minutes to catch a connecting flight and clear customs in Rio, so I am debating on checking luggage. I don't want to have to pack that light if I can help it since I will need a lot of personal belongings for my stay. If the consensuses is that the process is smooth enough then I will try and check luggage. Any help is appreciated!

    • Day rooms available?

      by Kayell Online Now Sep 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM

      After our cruise, we have approximately a 9 hour wait in Rio until we have to be at the airport.
      We will have already taken a Rio tour but was wondering if anyone could recommend a hotel that rents "day rooms", preferably by one of the beaches.

      1 Answer Sep 14, 2016 at 5:57 PM
    • Weather and danger ?

      by elkebirzineb Online Now Jul 4, 2016 at 7:36 AM

      I ll be there between the 12th and the 23 th of july , so how is the weather like ? Can we swim ? What clothes to bring ?

      5 Answers Jul 5, 2016 at 3:07 AM
    • packing for end of June

      by cinderella51 Online Now Jun 3, 2016 at 7:39 PM

      Is it warm enough for a bathing suit? Are Jeans okay? Do I need a raincoat?

      6 Answers Jun 22, 2016 at 10:12 AM
    • Colombo to Rio

      by Britontour Online Now May 18, 2016 at 5:22 AM

      How can I get there with one change?!!

      2 Answers May 18, 2016 at 6:11 AM
    • Planning a trip for couples in February 2017

      by sweeti6136 Online Now Apr 18, 2016 at 4:47 PM

      Hello lovely people,

      I'm planning a trip to rio with10 couples in February next year. We are looking to spend time in rio for Valentine's Day (February 14th) and carnival. We also want to see attractions like: Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana, Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain, Jardim Botanico, Santa Teresa Neighborhood, Lapa Neighborhood, Tijuca National Park, Lagoa Neighborhood and downtown. I have four questions:
      1. Is there a central location where we can stay and get to all these places within a 2 hour bus ride?
      2. If so, what hotels do you suggest.
      3. If not, what two hotels should I be looking at?
      4. Lastly, is there any other sites that I'm missing that will help us learn about rio's culture and any romantic places I should know about?

      Thank you all for your help!!!!!

      7 Answers May 16, 2016 at 7:12 PM

      by CesarU Online Now Mar 13, 2016 at 8:13 PM

      Hello, I.m going to Rio from the 21st to the 27th of April and Im interested in seeing perhaps some shows, plays, ballet, dance there., art exhibits
      Do you know of a website where I could find all the cultural agenda?

      Thanks a million!

      1 Answer Mar 14, 2016 at 4:57 AM
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      Another where to stay- this one for k-1 medical and interview

      by whodunit Online Now Feb 23, 2016 at 11:56 PM

      I have been to Brazil many times including Rio de Janeiro. However, this trip is a little different for me. My Brazilian fiancé is flying in from the north east of Brazil for her medical exam for the K-1. I will be landing in Rio de Janeiro a couple of days later as I am meeting her so we can go to the consulate together for the interview. I am looking for hotels/pousadas in the two locations that are as inexpensive as possible while remaining clean and safe. I realize "safe" is a subjective term and in more dangerous cities, can be relative at best. I have been to Rio many times but all but one time were on business and stayed in Copacabana or Ipanema. I have been to many neighborhoods but never gave a good look at places to stay. I have some friends there who are full with babies or travel who are full with such things in life that make it difficult for us to stay near them. One recommended Barra da Tijuca while another said that it is simply too far. My fiancé of course speaks Portuguese (as do I) but is not a seasoned traveler and is nervous about the safety in Rio, especially while she is alone.

      Someone has recommended to me Botafogo/Humaitá for a balance of access to these locations/transportation, safety, and price. The interview is at Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 - Castelo 20030-020. I can't find the address for the medical but one of the doctors recommended this place saying it's fairly close and reasonably inexpensive and safe: HOSTEL LEBLON ALL SUITES, Rua Joao Lira 149 CEP 22430-210 Leblon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Thank you very much in advance.

      6 Answers Feb 24, 2016 at 7:41 AM
    • Weather at the end of March?

      by steph12345 Online Now Feb 2, 2016 at 4:37 AM

      Hi, I am going to Rio end of March (20th) and was wondering what weather to expect? I have seen mixed posts about this but would like to know/hoping I am going to see more sun than rain and that it will be hot? As I will be doing a few tours and to come back with a good tan!

      3 Answers Feb 2, 2016 at 8:02 AM
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      Private Guide

      by maestrousmc Online Now Jan 19, 2016 at 5:47 AM

      Hello everyone. I will be in Rio for only two days at the end of May. Because my time is limited I think it's best to go with a guide. There are several forums/websites with recommendations but I'd like to see what everyone here has to say. Thanks!

      3 Answers Jan 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM
    • Carnival 2016 Itinerary

      by anywheretrav Online Now Jan 5, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      There are 2 couples attending Carnival 2016 staying at the Novotel Santos dumont hotel Feb 5 - Feb 10 and need carnival activities, parade tickets, parties and tour suggestions. We also need transportation from GIG airport to hotel and transportation during our stay. Thanks

      2 Answers Jan 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM
    • Itinerary Help

      by bgrzywa2 Online Now Dec 28, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      Hello I will be in Rio de Janeiro Jan 14 - 19, Ilha Grande from 19 - 22 and then another night in Rio before leaving back to Chicago in the evening on the 23rd. I was looking for some help with information while in Rio de Janeiro. I will be staying in Leme from the 14-19. We get in around 3pm on the 14th so figure that evening we will get settled in and maybe explore the area a bit to get some food and drinks. So we will have full days on the 15, 16, 17, 18. I also figure we will go to some of the beaches but may not spend too much time lounging because we will have time to do that on Ilha Grande.

      I figure one day we can spend exploring Centro on a walking tour and sites around there. Another day do some sort of excursion or adventure out of the city for a while. One day exploring parts outside of Centro so going to Copacobana, Ipanema and Leblon. Finally, a day we would like to take a trip to Petropolis.

      Can we get Centro, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain in all in 1 day? If so, I figure do Christ the Redeemer first thing in the morning, explore centro and then do sugarloaf at sunset (read that is best time to go). Would all of that work? We would look into a free walking tour most likely as well for the day.

      Does anyone have any good recommendations? I was thinking about a trip to the Botanical Gardens/Tijuca Rainforest, some sort of hike to see waterfalls. Are the botanical gardens/rainforest easy to do on your own or would you recommend a guide? Will we see waterfalls and do any hiking visiting these? Are the any types of activities you would suggest while in Rio that are in the close vicinity? Any jungle tours?

      - Is Niteroi worth visiting?

      What are must sees in Copacobana, Leblon and Ipanema? We were thinking of doing walk tours in these areas as well.

      Concerning Petropolis, bus is the only option correct? Any recommendations of must visits while there?

      If you feel like I missing anything please let me know. Keep in mind we plan to do water activities on Ilha Grande after hearing how poor the water quality was around Rio. We also will have a day and a half at the end of the trip to explore more areas of Rio, just not technically full days since we return from Ihla Grande so will probably get back to Rio around 1pm or so on the 22nd and then we fly out at 7pm on the 23rd.

      12 Answers Jun 9, 2016 at 4:08 AM
    • arrival on New Years eve at Copacabana

      by stam129 Online Now Nov 30, 2015 at 11:18 AM

      Hi we are arriving on December 31 at 10 at night and are concerned that its going to be difficult to get a taxi from the airport to the center of Copacabana, how easy is it to get a taxi on New Year or maybe there are some better options for transport?thank you

      7 Answers Dec 2, 2015 at 10:02 AM
    • Christ the Redeemer and rain

      by drod90 Online Now Sep 28, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      I'm in Rio for 2 more days and haven't been up to see Christ the Redeemer. Forecast is showing rain for the next 3 days. I am wondering if it is possible for me to go up to see Christ the Redeemer close up. Not sure if they close the entrance when it rains.

      4 Answers Sep 29, 2015 at 7:37 AM
    • Quiet place near Rio

      by tronkel Online Now Jul 19, 2015 at 2:43 AM

      I am looking for a place to stay not to far from Rio. It should be tranquil and relaxing. Would like to lay in a hammock and look at the monkeys... Does anyone know a place like this? Can be a nice pousada in a big garden too.
      Have been to Ihla grande so thats out of the question.

      7 Answers Aug 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM
    • Tickets at Maracana

      by tronkel Online Now Jul 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Maybe this is a little specific; but does anyone kmow how to get tickets for the match between Fluminense and Vasco at the Maracana tomorrow?

      Is it better to take a guided tour, any cheap and good? Going with children so want to be safe

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2015 at 3:18 AM
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      Best Months for Travel In South America re Weather

      by Mikebb Online Now Jul 15, 2015 at 3:24 AM


      I put this question on the south America Forum but received no answers. Hopefully greater response via this forum.

      Looking at taking a 18 day South America tour during 2016. Destinations included:

      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5 or 6 nights ( includes 2 days pre tour)
      Iguazu Falls, Argentina 2 nights (arrive by air)
      Buenos Aires 3 nights (arrive by air)
      Lima, Peru 3 nights (arrive by air)
      Cuzco 3 nights (arrive by air)
      Puno 2 nights

      June or July or early August would suit us best, however we can travel any month either side. Will have a round the world ticket (from Perth Australia) and intend to also visit Europe & UK which we have visited many times. The important thing is to visit South America during the better weather.

      Appreciate all answers.

      14 Answers Jul 15, 2015 at 6:26 PM
    • Plug adaptors

      by Umneyy Online Now Jun 13, 2015 at 8:59 AM


      Going to Rio De Janeiro and was a little confused as to which plug adaptors we need to take. Some websites are giving us different information.

      If you could advise us which plug adaptors to purchase (and possibly link me to a photo of the plug socket types in Rio) that would be much appreciated.

      Many thanks!

      3 Answers Jun 13, 2015 at 4:22 PM
    • 3 couples in Rio de Janeiro in early August

      by randy.fenter Online Now Jun 5, 2015 at 9:56 AM

      6 people (3 couples) traveling together to Rio. Only one of the six travelers speaks Portuguese. Your recommendations for transport from GIG to Copacabana? Your recommendations for travel to the main sights in Rio from Copacabana? Thanks!


      4 Answers Jul 4, 2015 at 2:19 AM
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      how many days to see brazil

      by p.k.prasad Online Now May 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      how many days to see brazil

      5 Answers May 22, 2015 at 9:54 PM
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      any indians at rio de janeiro

      by p.k.prasad Online Now May 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      any indians who can guide me at rio de janeiro

      1 Answer May 21, 2015 at 6:38 PM
    • Safety in Rio de Janeiro

      by JC111 Online Now Mar 12, 2015 at 5:16 AM

      Is Rio de Janeiro safe for 2 girls traveling by themselves, without agency?

      6 Answers May 6, 2015 at 1:03 PM
    • "What is Rio de Janeiro's best Brazilian dance show?"

      by Jamesdude Online Now Feb 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      "What is Rio de Janeiro's best Brazilian dance show?"

      1 Answer May 6, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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      Shipping Household Goods from Rioto the United States

      by jwilliams2005 Online Now Oct 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Boa noite fellow travelers,

      Next week, I will be moving back to the USA. Can anyone recommend a shipping company. I called American Airlines Air Cargo, and they told me that I needed to be a company or an agent in order to fly my household goods to the states. I have ten boxes which includes my bicycle and artwork. So, my next recourse is to have my cargo shipped. I appreciate any help or assistance.



      3 Answers Oct 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM
    • Where to love?

      by Mezzzz Online Now Oct 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      I will be moving to rio next year to live for a year..I would really appreciate any advice on the 'safest' places to look at for renting an apartment???
      I have been told copacabana is very expensive and not the safest. What about ipanema?
      I have read the many warnings about living in rio and watching out for your safety..hopefully it has got better in recent times!

      4 Answers Feb 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM
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      Rio Carnival accommodation

      by CorkyUK Online Now Sep 22, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      We are flying into Rio on Sat 14th Feb for a week. (We actually booked the trip from UK after finding a bargain flight and did not realise it was Carnival week!). However after initially being excited the cost of accommodation seems to be through the roof, some hostels are charginh £50 a night for a dorm bed and insisting you stay at least 6 nights. Can anyone recommend somewhere that is reasonably good value? Is it worth taking a chance and booking late? Maybe we should get out of Rio altogether alough our flight does arrive quite late? Any suggestions or ideas really appreciated

      4 Answers Sep 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM
    • NON-touristy romantic restaurant in RIO??

      by JA914 Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Hi, winkI have been checking Rio on the forums as I'm going there this Aug (2014) with my fiance who is from Rio and still keeps an apartment close to Copacabanna Beach. I was hoping to surprise him (Since he is the local) with setting up reservations and plan a romantic heartnight for us of dinner and dancing. I'm looking for a more "local" place with less of a touristy feel.enlightened I'm sure that HE would be able to find one quickly but my point is about surprising him and making him feel special that I took the time and thought to put a night together for him in his home town. Any suggestions? - Julie

      3 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM
    • Rio De Jenerio to Porto Alegre

      by ZinhleM Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Hi All can anyone tell me if there is a bus company that can transport a group from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil to Porto Alegre.

      3 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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      Looking for local guide

      by aflaneur Online Now Jul 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Any member know a guide who can show me the less obvious wonders of Rio?

      1 Answer Jul 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM
    • Terminals 1+2 in GiG

      by sabikeo Online Now Jul 14, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Hey, quick airport question guys!

      I will arrive from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro GiG airport in terminal 1C on September 13th, and 4 hours later I have a ticket leaving Rio to the US with TAM airlines from Terminal 2.
      And these are separate tickets with two separate airlines.
      Does anyone know if I have to clear Customs and Immigration in Terminal 1 in order to check into my flight at Terminal 2? Remember, these tickets are separate.

      5 Answers Jul 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM
    • hotel recommendation

      by elubard Online Now Jul 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      We will be in Rio for one additional day after our cruise disembarks. I am looking for a hotel in a safe and well located area for seeing some sights. Never having been there before and since Rio seams spread out I am uncertain where that may be. Any recommendations?

      5 Answers Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 AM