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double-decker hop on-hop off tourist bus for Rio de Janeiro

double-decker hop on-hop off tourist bus for Rio de Janeiro

Brasilia

Not that long ago the tourism authorities of the city of São Paulo announced the introduction of a tourist bus service in the city. With this decision, the largest of all Brazilian cities joins a handful of cities with a tourist bus service, from Campo Grande to Manaos, from Brasilia to Porto Alegre (we’ve tested here at the Brazil Travel Blog the Linha Turismo, Curitiba’s hop-on hop-off bus and the Salvador bus).

Cristo Redentor / Christ Redeemer

Rio’s been left lagging behind. Up until now. We’ve read (Rio lança edital para linhas de ônibus turísticos de 2 andares) that the tenders are officially opened for companies wanting to operate a hop on-hop off service in the city. The details of the service emerging now are:

  • The service will be operated on a double-decker bus, with multi-language support for the tourist.
  • The ticket will be valid for a period of time during which the tourist will be able to use the bus as often as he wants.
  • It should run from 8:00 till 18:00, with a maximum interval of 30 minutes between buses.
  • Route one should cover Copacabana – Av. Atlântica, Ipanema – av. Vieira Souto, Leblon – av. Delfim Moreira, lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, jardim Botânico, Corcovado, Pão de Açúcar, Aterro do Flamengo, Marina da Glória, Monumento dos Pracinhas. Taking tourists to the Museu de Arte Moderna, the Santos Dumont airport, praça 15 – museu da Marinha, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Cinelândia – Teatro Municipal, Museu de Belas Artes, Arcos da Lapa and the port. With a possible expansion to the Maracanã stadium, the Sambadrome and the Cidade do Samba.
  • Route two should go along Delfim Moreira, av. Niemeyer, São Conrado, av. das Américas, Cidade da Música and av. Sernambetiba with a future expansion to
    Autódromo, Rio Centro, Parque Aquático Maria Lenk and Arena Esportiva.

There is no date for the start of the service. The ticket should not cost more than R$60. We honestly hope that is the case as for that price a taxi ride is a far more convenient means of visiting the city. As soon as we learn more details of the new service we will keep you informed.

Our HQ for all the info regarding Rio de Janeiro is this blog’s entry: destination: Rio de Janeiro.

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June 27, 2011 | By More
Paraty International Literary Festival, from 6 to 10 July 2011

Paraty International Literary Festival, from 6 to 10 July 2011

Paraty, Brasil

The Paraty International Literary Festival, aka FLIP, will take place in the lovely city between 6 and 10 July 2011.

You should by all means visit Paraty during the period if:

  • the literary festival is the reason for your trip.

You should avoid at all costs Paraty during the festival period if:

  • you want to enjoy Paraty far from the crowds that gather during the festival.
  • you are not willing to pay OTT prices for both acommodation and food.

All the information we have on Paraty at the blog is at destination: Paraty. Paraty is one of our all-time favourite destinations in Brazil.

June 24, 2011 | By More
riverboats across the Amazon – schedules / timetables

riverboats across the Amazon – schedules / timetables

For anyone planning an Amazon riverboat trip finding reliable information on schedules / timetables has become something of a quest for the Holy Grail. If a few days ago we pointed at some tips on Amazon riverboat trips, today we’re going to look at the scheduled services across the Amazon region.

Manaus / Manaos

There isn’t a single unified site consolidating information from the different companies sailing the Amazon. As a matter of fact, you’d be pressed hard to find a single website belonging to a sailing company listing its schedules and fares.

Navegando e Lendo (“Sailing and Reading”) is an NGO trying to promote reading across the Amazon. Their website contains a wonderful page listing most of the big boats sailing the Amazon. The list is here: Barcos.

Manaus / Manaos

The information is grouped according to the three different boarding points in the city of Manaus (there are three). For the three piers (if you could call them that) the following information is offered:

  • On the column Barco, the name of the boat.
  • On the column Destino, the destination, including the different ports of call along the way.
  • On the column Saída, the days of the week with scheduled departures.
  • On the column Hora, the departure time.
  • On the column Fone, the contact telephone number.
  • On the column Tempo de viagem previsto, the length of the trip.

Manaus / Manaos

As it is not an official list, we encourage you (and so do the authors of the listing) to contact the company to confirm the departures and schedules. Do not plan your trip based on the information that appears on the list or, if you do, make sure you have a plan B in hand. Schedules are changed, navigations can be cancelled.

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June 21, 2011 | By More
São Paulo’s gay parade, the largest in the world

São Paulo’s gay parade, the largest in the world

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The 2011 edition of the Parada Gay de São Paulo (São Paulo’s gay parade) will take place on Sunday 26 June from 12 pm. The XV Parada do Orgulho LGBT -its official name, will take place in its usual venue, the Avenida Paulista at the heart of the city.

Last year three million people attended the parade, making it the largest of its kind in the world. If you’re planning to arrive in São Paulo near the date it would be a sensible idea to do so with your accommodation booked beforehand. Get to the Avenida Paulista using São Paulo’s underground system and don’t even dream of doing so by car.

The parade takes place in a festive atmosphere and serious incidents are quite rare. There is a strong policy presence.

The parade’s official website contains more information. Make sure you download gay São Paulo, a free gay-friendly guide to the city.

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WHAT TO DO IN SÃO PAULO

Our main entry on São Paulo is Destination: São Paulo. At São Paulo’s top ten I pointed out a few outstanding highlights in the city. And if you have a few days to spare, you could do much worse than having a look at our suggestions of São Paulo getaways.

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ACCOMMODATION IN SÃO PAULO

You can search for accommodation in São Paulo through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!

The results open on a new page.

We have also published a blog post on youth hostels in São Paulo.

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June 16, 2011 | By More
Rio de Janeiro’s top 10 – according to the BBC & Lonely Planet

Rio de Janeiro’s top 10 – according to the BBC & Lonely Planet

Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

At the top 10 attractions in Rio de Janeiro you will find out what the BBC and Lonely Planet feel are the top 10 attractions in Rio de Janeiro:

  1. Ipanema
  2. Copacabana
  3. Centro
  4. Santa Teresa
  5. Lapa
  6. Lagoa
  7. Jardim Botânico
  8. Pão de Açucar
  9. Christ the Redeemer
  10. Parque Nacional da Tijuca

No surprises on the list, are there? I would have probably added the Maracanã stadium to the list and removed overrated Copacabana (no match to Ipanema) but then, that’s up to personal taste. Our blog’s main entry on the most visited Brazilian city is destination: Rio de Janeiro.

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June 13, 2011 | By More