case they forgot to tell you it does rain in Rio. If you have a
rainy day ahead of you do not sulk, and make the best of it. We have
lined up some interesting suggestions for your enjoyment.
As usual our day starts with a healthy Brazilian breakfast at the
hotel. As you sip your coffee try to consider the options. To
explore the local culture nothing better than a day museum hopping.
The Museums of the Indian, the Republic, Carmen Miranda, Modern Art,
Fine Arts, Imperial Palace and others are lined up on the way to
Downtown. You could do this by subway, taxi, or take the museum
express, a bus leaving from the Imperial Palace.
To associate museums and shopping stop only at the Museum of the
Indian in Botafogo. There are several interesting articles for sale.
We are sure everybody back home will be impressed by your Native
Brazilian necklace, bracelet, or hat. Our next stop is shopping Rio
Sul. If you do cemeteries, ask the taxi drive to pass by
São João Batista along the way. Celebrities that rest in peace
there include Carmen Miranda, Tom Jobim, and many others.
Rio Sul is a vertical mall, with four floors to explore. There
are movie theaters, restaurants, and you could easily spend the
whole day there. If you get bored, take the underpass and explore
Rio Off-Price, right across the street. There are more movie
theaters, in addition to outlets and discount stores. Save some room
for a sandwich at Cervantes in Copacabana on the way back - it's
considered the best in Rio!
If it's not raining a storm the Barra experience is also to be
considered. The first stop is at one of the hypermarkets, like
Carrefour or Paes Mendonça. If you have never explored a
hypermarket in a foreign country, you don't know what you are
missing. If you would rather go directly for the main dish, head
straight to BarraShopping.
The biggest mall in Latin America is a giant with its own
monorail system and hundreds of shops, restaurants, snack bars, a
top bowling alley, video arcades, movie theaters, theaters, a
farmer's market, even nightclubs... It may well take you a whole day
walking from one end to the other, with so much to see and browse.
Take your credit cards...