Things to do in Botafogo

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  • Timbo
    3 contributions
    There is no where else on Earth like this - what an experience! The staff are incredibly well-trained & patient. A must-do on the bucket list!
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    You have two options to get to the top of the Urca Hill. The traditional is by the cable car, but you can also take the easy trail thta starts somewhere in the middle of Claudio Coutinho´s walk (it begins at the left side of the beach).
    There you will find some options of food and snacks.
    With some luck, you will see planes landing on the Santos Dummont airport maneuvering just a couple of hundreds meters in from of you. (also is a nice experience to get on one of these flights)
    Written 29 January 2021
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA2,910 contributions
    A must do if you’re in Rio! We were approached by a sales lady who offered a van service that would take us on top of the visitor center and include two additional viewpoint for R50 each person round trip, so we agreed to it. The van service took us to this great view of Rio - it’s about half way to visitor center. Then it drove us the visitor center afterwards. Beautiful view!
    Written 6 March 2022
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  • Random Chinese Guy
    67 contributions
    Overall, Vermelha Beach aka the red beach is an underrated beach with amazing views and is another worthwhile place to visit for those in the area.

    It is literally within walking distance of the Sugarloaf cable car, and could be a nice place to check out before or after going up the mountain.

    Compared to more popular beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, it calmer and more relaxing vibe. Vendors aren't as aggressive and the beach is even quieter on weekdays.

    It also doesn't hurt that it is located right next to a military base and police headquarter - perhaps giving the tourist an extra sense of security.

    To get a better idea of vibe on the beach - check out my Sugarloaf Mountain video on my Youtube channel by clicking the link in my bi.
    Written 5 December 2019
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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,258 contributions
    This is one of my favorite populated areas in Rio. The mountain is a nice view and good value for the cable car ride up to the top and then over to Sugarloaf. The beach is very clean and small. There is a military base at the bottom of Mount Urca so it is about as safe as you can get. The hike up the mountain is pretty good and the shops and restaurants in the area are very friendly.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    We took a short walk as we visited the Sugar Loaf. The trail takes you to a scenic green part up to the first part of the sugar loaf mountain. You get to see some wildlife.

    However the trail soon gets strenuous and you need to be fit and have suitable clothing.

    If you skip this part, you can walk along a trail inside the sugar loaf as well.
    Written 19 May 2020
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  • Andrea
    2 contributions
    Really casual, seems to attract a very diverse crowd. Great for people watching. You can buy a beer and finger food from nearby restaurants or one of the street vendors
    Written 4 August 2019
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  • carlosmp
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,595 contributions
    A nice work by one of the most important architects in the world, Burle Marx, ehich is being neglected for decades. However, it still keeps its amazing elegance through its plants, gardens intertwined woth the Guanabara Bay and its express road, worh cliffs and buildings on the other side. Amazing by car and by bike.
    Written 2 December 2018
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  • Alex G
    Lightwater, UK54 contributions
    Our kids always enjoy visiting historical houses, stately homes etc, mainly due to the grandeur... this did not disappoint them. Well worth an hour or two. The audio guides are only R$5 and well worth it.
    Written 31 August 2019
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  • Fred T
    Reno, NV739 contributions
    Our tour stopped here for a few minutes. We saw many families eating picnics. There are great views of the bay and Sugarloaf mountain. We saw some bicycle paths. We were told that the swimming is not good here.
    Written 14 April 2019
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  • Charlotte M
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ49 contributions
    Though the museum/ palace is a little run down, it is still an important tourist destination. It is cheap entrance or you can go on the free day, check the website for updated info (things always change). The most interesting parts is the giant painting called "A Pátria" that represents the beginnings of Brazil as a republic. At the top of the palace you can enter the room where Presidente Getúlio Vargas committed suicide and even see the pajamas on display in a glass cabinet. Therefore, not the most glamorous museum, but certainly an important one for history buffs.
    Written 5 May 2018
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  • Mike80524
    11 contributions
    The marina was beautiful with a number of restaurants but I found it lacking in any other things to do.
    Written 28 October 2019
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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    Please notice that there is a very easy and free trail to the Urca hill (the first cable car station) .
    NOTE : the Urca Hill trail is different from the exposed (although easy) and technical climbing route that goes right to the top of Sugar Loaf. If you are not a climber, I srtrongly reccomend hiring a guide ( the Costão route)
    Written 23 January 2021
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  • FelipeDall
    Brasilia, DF67 contributions
    Do not expect (as me) an exposition about Roberto's biography or the Globo Network history. Even the house's furniture is not there. It is an amazing exposition of art pieces, that is all. It's a visit for 1 to 2 hours.
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • victor d
    41 contributions
    This mall is located in a middle class neighborhood near the train station and the beach. Well located. It has many floors and on the last floor , there is a balcony where you can see a fanstastic view of Botafogo. The backdrop of Botafogo beach is terrific!! There are many bars nearby where you can have fun with your friends.
    Written 15 May 2019
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