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CHT-20 - Information

General information about Rio de Janeiro

 

Weather

Weather in Rio de Janeiro during July and August

Temperatures may vary from 18ºC to 25ºC. It rains around 40 mm per month. During sunny weekends the beaches get crowded. In few occasions, a brief cold front may come and it´s the perfect occasion to look for winter season activities available in the city.

Temperature 

The warm season is from November to April with average daily maximum temperatures above 30°C. 

 

The cool season is from May to October with average daily maximum temperatures below 26°C. 

Best time to visit

The weather in Rio de Janeiro is usually nice and according to the tourism index sources, the preference is for light overcast days without rain, with thermal sensation between 18°C and 27°C. Thus, the best time of the year to visit Rio de Janeiro is from mid-May to late September, with the maximum rate in the first week of August.​

Parties and Holidays

The two major parties of Rio New Year's Eve and Carnival happen in the summer.

New Year's Eve

For your convenience plan to stay within walking distance to the beach, transportation public and/or private will be extremely difficult to be found (subway access will be available only for those who have pre-arranged tickets, which sell out weeks before the big night).

Carnival

You´ve got to experience it, the party happens everywhere in the streets of the city, private balls and the major parade takes place at Sambódromo with the competition among the Samba Schools. 

If you are ready to take it to the next level, you can plan in advance and buy a costume to participate on this parade! 

Rio de Janeiro is the perfect holiday destination. During summer season a portion of the population leaves so the visitors can enjoy the city without experiencing the overcrowding situations normally associated with beach destinations. However, you will still need to reserve tickets in advance for major tourist attractions and, if you want to go to the beaches its recommended to arrive early.

 

Rio de Janeiro Symbols 

 

Cristo Redentor / Christ the Redeemer

It is the most popular attraction of Rio de Janeiro. Seeing the statue up close seems to be the main goal of most visitors. The view of the Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf from its balcony is absolutely breathtaking.

Christ the Redeemer  is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 meters (98 ft) high, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide. 

The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.

When to go:

Weather 

The most important thing is to avoid cloudy days, clouds lower than the statue can block the view.

In the morning or afternoon?

The majority of the visitors prefer to go in the morning because is most favorable for photographing the statue and the temperature is nicer.

In the afternoon you will be able to catch the sun shining over the Guanabara Bay and the Sugarloaf, but the temperature will be higher. 

Pão de Açúcar / Sugarloaf

Is a peak situated at the entrance of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city and beyond.

The mountain is one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro.

 

When to go:

Weather

The most important thing is to avoid cloudy days.

In the morning or afternoon?

For better light, go in the morning to Pão de Açúcar Mountain with the sun shining on Copacabana and Corcovado.

 

Don´t forget to buy tickets in advance and wear a hat!

Maracanã

Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium, A.K.A. Maracanã, or Maraca, is a soccer stadium located in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. It was inaugurated in 1950, during the mandate of then Division General and Mayor of the Federal District of Rio de Janeiro, Marshal Ângelo Mendes de Moraes, and was used at that year's Football World Cup.

Since then, Maracanã has been the stage of great moments of Brazilian and world soccer, such as Pelé's thousandth goal, Brazilian Championship finals, Carioca Soccer Cup, Copa Libertadores of America and the first FIFA Club World Cup, as well as international competitions. and matches of the Brazilian National Team.

 

Over the years, the stadium has taken on a multipurpose space character by hosting other events such as performances and other sports matches. After several refurbishments, the stadium can accommodate 78,838 spectators, being the largest stadium in Brazil.

Boulevard Olímpico / Olympic Boulevard 

Rio's formerly derelict port district has been reborn as a wide promenade lined with massive street art. A handful of renowned artists have painted spectacular murals on the old warehouses, though Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra (www.eduardokobra.com) deserves special mention for his jaw-dropping work entitled Etnias (Ethnicities). The massive mural stretches for 190m and features photogenic portraits of indigenous people from around the globe.

The boulevard stretches from Praça Mauá to AquaRio, and the tracks for the VLT run down the center, so watch your step. Near the east end of the promenade, you'll find a few food trucks selling sandwiches, craft beer and ice cream, with shaded tables out front. Further west along the boulevard, there are benches where you can take in the street art as well as lookouts that provide glimpses over the bay.

Rio de Janeiro Public Transportation

From Hotel Windsor Marapendi Barra da Tijuca to downtown Rio:

Bus

Bus lines on Av Lúcio Costa to Jardim Oceânico - Metro Station, every 20 minutes - ticket value R$ 4.05.

Taxi applications (99, Cabify, Uber) 

May take approximately 15 minutes to Jardim Oceânico subway station.

 

Subway

Jardim Oceânico Station/Downtown - ticket value R$ 4,60.

Timetable:

Lines 1, 2 and 4 are open Monday to Saturday from 5am to 12am;

Sundays and holidays from 7am to 11pm.

For more information enter here: MetroRio

Or call:

Fetranspor - 0800 886 1000 

MetrôRio - 0800 595 1111

 

Discovering the City: 

 

VLT 

To circulate in the center of RJ City - ticket value R$ 3,80.

Timetable:

Line 1: 06h to 00h

Line 2: 06h to 00h (Praça XV - Central) and 06h to 20h (Central - Praia Formosa) Line 3: 06h to 00h

Important boarding information:

Boarding is only allowed with a pass card in hand. The card is individual and can be purchased through self-service machines located in the boarding platforms.

For more information enter here: VLT Network Map / Tourist Map VLT /  Connections Map / VLTRio

Ferry – Praça XV Station - ticket value R$ 6,30

Integration ticket value R$ 8,5

You may choose among the following options:

Ferry + Metro / Ferry + Bus / Ferry + Train / Ferry + VLT

Operation Praça XV station - Daily: 6am to 11:30 pm

For more information enter here: Barcas CCR