Ports of Call
- Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Port of Call
Ipanema Beach © Mike Vondran
In the beautiful and vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, sprawling urban high rises contend with steep green hills and a long strip of sandy beach on the south coast of Brazil. One of the world's most famous attractions, standing guard over Rio de Janeiro, is the impressive, towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, with equally impressive views from the cable car ride up to Sugar Loaf peak.
Cruise ships berth at the commercial Pier Maua port, which can dock a number of cruise liners, all sharing the Emapa cruise passenger terminal. The port and cruise terminal are equipped with medical services, transportation options and shops. The Rio de Janeiro port is across from the Praca Maua district and, although travellers should be safe enough during the day or in groups, it is best not to walk the area at night.
The tourist information centre is located at the Pier Maua passenger terminal.
Shuttles provided by the various cruise companies travel into the city centre and these are the best means of transportation. Taxis can be hailed from outside the cruise terminal, but visitors should be wary of being overcharged. The cruise terminal is a long walk from any attractions and should be avoided at night. From the city centre, the bus system is comprehensive, cheap and easily navigable.
The two most popular attractions of Rio de Janeiro both tower over the city: the giant Christ the Redeemer statue and the high central peak called Sugar Loaf. The beautiful beaches of the city are also very popular with tourists, especially the famous Ipanema and Copacabana, the latter of which also has a popular boardwalk. A number of museums and historic churches dot the downtown area and football fans can catch a match in Estadio Maracana, one of the world's largest and most celebrated soccer stadiums.
Paladino - Casual locals' haunt with generous portions.
Olympe - French fine dining.
Confeitaria Colombo - Charming colonial lunch venue.
Feijoda (black bean dish)
A number of standard shopping centres dot the city, but the most interesting finds are along Copacabana and Ipanema. Visiting one of the local weekend markets, like Feira Hippie de Ipanema or the Babilônia Hype Fair, is the best way to find local crafts. There is limited shopping at the port's passenger terminal.
View Iguacu Falls
Explore Tijuca National Park
Sail to the nearby islands and beaches
Sightsee at the Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace
Day trip to Buzios Peninsula