Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
By Christopher Feddersen

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the world’s city of celebration. Set against a backdrop of lush green mountains, the panorama of Rio is among the most enchanting and recognizable in the world. It is no wonder that Rio de Janeiro is the number one reason for people to travel south of the equator.

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To see the world-famous panoramic views of Rio, WhatsCheaper.com recommends beginning your stay in Rio with a visit to the Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) statue atop Mt. Corcovado. Recently voted one of the world’s New Seven Wonders, the Christ the Redeemer statue was completed in 1931 and has quickly become the symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Now offering escalators to the top, the climb does not have to be as strenuous as the pilgrimage to the statue made by Pope John Paul II in 1980. From the terraces at the foot of the Cristo statue you are rewarded with breathtaking postcard views of the city as it nestles into sparkling Guanabara Bay.

To further orient you to the city, make a trip to Centro, the administrative and financial heart of Rio. This area boasts beautiful Portuguese colonial and Belle Epoque architecture such as the Paco Imperial, the Pedro Ernesto Palace, the Municipal Theater and the National Library surrounding Cinelandia Plaza. Here you will also find the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Historical Museum and the lush public gardens of Passeio Publico.  Centro is also undergoing a tourist-friendly renovation in its port area in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held here. The renovation will add museums, shops and restaurants.

From Centro, WhatsCheaper.com recommends boarding a tram, or bodinho, from City Centre Station. This charming little trolley will take you on a wistful ride from Centro across a lovely arched aqueduct named Arcos de Lapa and into the rolling streets of the Santa Teresa neighborhood. This hilly area is a fashionable refuge for artists with plenty of galleries and studios inhabiting the neighborhood’s ornate mansions. From the Santa Teresa tram you can take in gorgeous views of the city below.

What sets Rio de Janeiro apart from so many other cities is that it begs to be enjoyed, not just seen. Visit Rio’s world-famous beaches to participate in the day-time revelry and celebration that has made it famous. Copacabana and Ipanema, of course, are the most famous beaches here with powdery sand and exotic views of Sugarloaf Mountain. Strolling along the Avenida Atlantica along Copacabana beach you will see the famous wavy black-and-white sidewalk mosaics of designer Roberto Burle Marx. At both Ipanema and Copacabana, refreshments of all varieties from coconuts to chilled shrimp cocktails can be purchased while lying in the sand as well as any other beach amenity you might want. The people of Rio are responsible for some of the fame of this city’s beaches with both men and women confidently posing in micro bathing wear. Unlike Europeans, however, Brazilian women do not go topless. This is, after all, is still a staunchly Catholic country. Nevertheless, many of the bathing suits could not get any smaller. For more beach variety, look to Barra de Tijuca for surfing, Leblon for well-equipped play areas for young children and Sao Conrado Beach for an escape from the crowds where you can see hang-gliders landing after soaring over the coast. 

When the sun sets in Rio, the celebration is just getting underway. In a way, the rhythms of Carnival are always punctuating the daily ebb and flow of this city regardless of the time of year. Two reasons for this are that the Carnival parades - especially the culminating parade event held at the Sambadromo - require a year of preparation and practice; and second, the Carnival celebration now extends into Lent and even into the months beyond. WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends getting a taste of Carnival at one of the neighborhood Samba schools where performers practice Rio-born dances and music like the samba and bassa nova long into the night together with anyone who joins in the fun.

When you experience Carnival, even if it is an off-season samba school practice, you are taking part in a cultural phenomenon that brings together European religious tradition with South American dance and African rhythm and music. The celebratory blend is a perfect expression of Brazil’s multicultural diversity and optimism about the future. Should you be fortunate enough to visit during Carnival itself, you will see the event celebrated throughout the city, consuming every street and every person in fanciful celebration.

Another important source of celebration is football. Brazil is recognized as perhaps the most devoted football nation on the planet and they can watch their national team play at the gargantuan Maracana stadium in Rio, one of the largest sports stadiums in the world with a capacity of almost 200,000. If you cannot see the Brazilian national team play, the local teams such as Rio’s Vasco de Gama also offer Brazil’s unique brand of exciting, athletic football played at the highest level.

Enjoy the beauty of Rio’s cityscape, its culture and its people. Celebrate. Plan your next visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking the links above.

MUST SEE IN Rio de Janeiro LIST:

  • 1. Statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • 2. Sugarloaf Mountain
  • 3. Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches
  • 4. Samba Schools
  • 5. Maracana Stadium
  • 6. Sambadromo
  • 7. Centro
  • 8. Santa Teresa
  • 9. Floresta da Tijuca
  • 10. National World War II Memorial

Rio de Janeiro EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. New Year's Celebration - January
  • 2. Carnival - February
  • 3. Rio Circuit - March
  • 4. Holy Week - April
  • 5. Bonfire Festivals - June
  • 6. Rio de Janeiro Marathon - June
  • 7. Folklore Day - August
  • 8. Independence Day - September
  • 9. Children's Day - October
  • 10. Christmas - December

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Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Elizabeth DeCicco

Reserve a room at the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort in the heart of Brazil, if you prefer to vacate directly on the beach. Guests can take the free hotel shuttle to and from the Santos Dumont Airport (SDU), just 9 miles away. Close by is the Rio Sul Shopping Center, Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. The Banco do Brazil Cultural Center is a 12-mile drive from the Sheraton. Check-in time starts at 3 p.m. Some of the hotel’s services include an ATM machine in the lobby, translation service and multilingual staff. Car service and self and valet parking are available with a fee.

Enjoy many choices for a guest room at the Sheraton Rio. Select an option for your balcony view— oceanfront or beach with the pool. Bedding options include queen, king or two double sized beds. Each room comes with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. Your room will include cable television, a stocked mini-bar, 24-Hour room service. Rooms also have desk space, as well as a sitting area with a love seat. The hotel’s bathroom includes a hygienic shower, a telephone and vanity table. Internet access requires a daily fee.
    
At the Sheraton Rio there are several features at the hotel for its guests. Relax or swim under the Brazilian sun at the Sheraton Rio’s heated pools. The well-known Brazilian beats, Samba Trio performances take place at the pool afternoons Tuesday through Sunday. At the hotel pool guests can enjoy the Open Air Jacuzzi, while observing Leblon and Ipanema beaches. The hotel also has an excellent fitness center, providing cardio and weight training, a sauna and steam room, Brazilian workout, tae-bo, power stretching, aqua aerobics, taught by bilingual, educated instructors.
    
At the end of your stay in Rio, be sure to try the exceptional restaurants, either by the pool or in the lobby lounge at the Sheraton Rio. Check out time ends at noon. WhatsCheaper.com assures your preferred hotel rates, making your trip an unforgettable journey overseas (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Four Points by Sheraton Macae
110 Rua Dolores Carvalho Vasconcelos, Bairro da Gloria Macae, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
By Sarah Hay

The allure and beauty of Rio De Janeiro welcomes visitors from around the world, and near one of Macae’s most relaxing areas, Cavaleiros Beach, you’ll find luxury and a perfect escape in the Four Points by Sheraton Macae. Nearby, you’ll find Macae’ thriving financial and residential districts, plus the Shopping Praia Center, one of the best retail centers in the region.

If you’re unsure what type of room to choose, the Four Points by Sheraton Macae offers three different types of suites, and seven different categories. Many of the 164 suites and rooms have balconies and ocean views, and all rooms feature the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort bed. Little touches provide an extra level of luxury in this hotel, including room amenities such as mini bars, refrigerators (for a slight fee), tea and coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, and kitchens. Connecting rooms are available, as are nonsmoking rooms. Wireless and wired high speed Internet access is also available in rooms, for a slight fee.

To help you relax, there is a sauna, steam room and exercise facility on site, along with an outdoor pool and bar. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m. There is a car rental service on site, along with valet, luggage, and a concierge service. There is childcare available, and a front desk open 24 hours to help with any reservations or needs guests may have. There is a business center, complete with printing, faxing and copying services, along with currency exchange. The Maral bar and restaurant at the Sheraton Macae provide everything from light snacks to full meals. There are five meeting spaces, the largest in the city, complete with a 3,724 square foot grand ballroom.

When you’re in Rio, plan to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Macae, and allow WhatsCheaper.com to help find the perfect rate for you. Just click on the following link: (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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