I finally managed to compile a list of the hotels in which I stayed, restaurants in which I ate, tour companies I used, photos that I took etc from my time spent in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Check out the list below to learn about some things you can see and do while there:
- Alessandro E Frederico Cafe – hands down my favorite restaurant in Rio. Affordable, delicious, fresh food, and located in the Ipanema area of Rio. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They won me with their freshly baked bread. Get a seat on the patio to watch the pretty people of Ipanema walk by.
- Aprazivel – a Portuguese restaurant in the Santa Teresa area of Rio. Also homed in a restored colonial style mansion. Great food, extensive wine list, and again a beautiful view of Rio. A must for anyone visiting the city.
- Brazilian Consulate in Toronto – you must have a visa to visit Brazil. Get one well in advance of your trip – have the process started at least 30 days before you leave.
- Grayline Tours – I went to see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf mountain through Grayline. They offer some great tours. ** DO NOT book them for airline/hotel transfers under any circumstance. The guy who picked me up at the airport almost killed me with his reckless driving and they never even showed up to pick me up at the hotel the day I left Rio. I almost didn’t make it to the airport in time to catch my flight home!
- Hotel Santa Teresa – a boutique, 5 star hotel, set in a restored colonial style mansion. I stayed there and it was glorious!
- Iguassu Falls – a two hour flight from Rio, I booked an excursion there through Gap Adventures. BEST part of my trip. Suggest to book Comfort or Superior – the hotel at the Standard level is gross.
- National Geographic – another blog post I read before leaving for Rio.
- Selaron Stairs – infamous stair case in the Lapa area of Rio. Learn about my experience seeing the wonderful site.
- Shopping Leblon – one of the better shopping malls in Rio. I dropped some serious cash there. 🙂
- Tereze – a lovely restaurant in Hotel Santa Teresa. Enjoy the cuisine of French Chef Damien Montecer. A little expensive but delicious food, great service, and an exceptional wine list. Ask for a table by the window to get an awesome view of Rio.