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Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

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Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

My husband are contemplating to go to Rio for our honeymoon. We would like to relax at the beach and also sighsee during our trip, possibly see Igagzu Falls if possible. Our days are limited and we wanted to use one of the federal holidays as part of our plans (Presidents Day, Memorial, Labor, Columbus or Xmas?

What is the best time to go? Any difference to go in the later months? When would you decide?

We are traveling from DC and would like to go Wed-Monday if possible. Is Rio doable in 3-4 days. Are we rushing our trip? Any recommendations on things to do in Rio for a honeymoon?

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1. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

Memorial Day because May is a great time to visit Rio.

The weather is cooler and not as humid, the city is less crowded, and prices tend to be a bit lower.

Some things and places to consider in Rio:

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour.

Ticket price during high season for adults: R$74 (All Saturdays and Sundays and holidays are considered high):


Sugar Loaf Information:

Hours: opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 7:50 p.m.

The park always closes one hour after the ticket office.

The cable cars depart every 20 minutes or whenever full capacity is reached (65 passengers).

Ticket price for adults: R$80. R$40 for persons over 60 and for those between 6 and 21 with a photo ID or passport, including foreign nationals, and free for children under 6.



Lagoa is the neighborhood around the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. It is one of Rio's nicer areas for walking or biking.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas:


Kiosks and Restaurants on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas:


Video of Lagoa:


Vista Chinesa, a mountaintop view of Rio:


Rio’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is a nature park containing more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees and 140 species of birds.



Jardim Botânico: An Oasis of Calm in Rio:


Paquetá is a district of Rio de Janeiro situated on an island in the middle of the Guanabara Bay. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. You should schedule at least half a day to spend strolling around the island.

You can get to Ilha de Paquetá by ferry, departing in the mornings from Praça XV in downtown (Centro) Rio. The ferry trip takes about one hour. You can also take the speedboat, leaving from a dock adjacent to the ferry.


Most of Paquetá’s houses date from the beginning of the 20th century, but there are some older buildings dating from the early 1700's, all of them well preserved. The whole island is beautifully landscaped, and because of its size and the fact that it is accessible only by boat, Paquetá is one of the safest places in Rio, with virtually no crime. It’s charming, laid-back, and a favorite spot for working-class Cariocas.


Santa Teresa, in the Lapa/Centro area, is replete with charming colonial houses, little shops, fruit and vegetable markets, galleries, and restaurants.




You might like Bar do Gomez (Armazém São Thiago) in Santa Teresa, one of the oldest bars in Rio de Janeiro as well as one of its finest botequins (neighborhood pubs). It was featured recently in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations: Rio.”





After Santa Teresa you might want to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral



and the Confeitaria Colombo in nearby Centro. This elegant Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894 and is a good example of Rio’s café culture reminiscent of 19th Century Europe.



Confeitaria Colombo now has a location in Copacabana, Café do Forte, located at Copacabana Fort, facing Copacabana Beach.


Centro, the Heart of Rio:


The beautifully restored neoclassical building housing Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is itself a work of art and definitely worth a visit. One of the city's most important cultural centers, the CCBB is located at Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, in the Centro (downtown) district. (Subway: Uruguaiana.)

The building includes an art gallery, three theatres, a cinema showing art films, and a large exhibit of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian money. With a bookstore, café, and tea salon, it is a favorite meeting point for both tourists and Cariocas.

Exhibits are always free and many of the programs are also free, although some theaters or events may charge a small fee. Check local newspapers for entertainment listings before you go. Phone: (21) 3808-2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guided tours in English by appointment.


Museum of Tomorrow in Centro.



The museum offers free admission on Tuesdays.

Also in Centro: Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mosteiro de São Bento, Rua Dom Gerardo 68.

The Benedictines founded this magnificent hilltop monastery and church in 1590. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat and boasts richly decorated interiors that date from the 18th century. The elaborate interior of the church took almost seventy years to complete and was the life work of a series of artists, notably the Benedictine monk Frei Domingos da Conceição.



And don’t forget the Hippie Fair in General Osório Square in Ipanema. The Feira Hippie (“Hippie Fair”) in Ipanema is a street market that sets up stalls every Sunday on General Osório Square. The fair features items like clothing, leather goods, art and jewelry. If you want to buy something in Ipanema as a memento of your trip to Brazil then this is the place.




Insider Guide to Rio:


Top 10 views in Rio de Janeiro:


10 things to do in Rio de Janeiro:


The magic of Rio de Janeiro: dramatic, rainforested mountaintops surround a city nestled picturesquely between a jungle and the sea.


Top places to visit in Rio:


26 must-see sites in Rio de Janeiro:


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2. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

with your time frame, Rio and the Falls (IGU airport) is not really possible, unless you really like to spend a lot of time flying aorund as opposed to visiting places..

consider this:

no nonstops between IAD (or DCA) and Rio intl airport (GIG)...

the only nonstops between IAD and Brazil go to GRU airport in Sao Paulo (operated by United)... that is already an almost 10-hour flight... then you need to go thru immigration, pick up luggage, customs and then get to your connecting flight to Rio (either SDU or GIG airport)... so you want to leave some time to do all of that

or you could connect somewhere else in the USA (JFK, MIA etc) that flies nonstop to Rio... everything else being equal, I would probably choose that as it would be more familiar to you to connect in a USA airport.

in any case, you are looking at a good 12-14 hour journey to get to Rio (and then same on way back)...

Rio to IGU is a 2-hour flight (if nonstop). there are some nonstops but not a ton of them.

in any case, if you choose to go to IGU, read this thread about domestic flights in Brazil - to avoid paying a lot more than you need to:


in case you are USA citizens, dont forget that you need tourist visas to board a plane to Brazil... if you do travel in May, a new online system should be up and running by then:


[it is already in place for Australia; Canada is next, then USA]

the webpage for the Brazilian Consulate in DC should reflect this change once it becomes effective:


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3. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

This is beyond amazing. the information on Tripadvisor is simply amazing!

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4. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

So we decided that Dubai might be a better option than Rio. Thank you for your help! We will be sure to use your guidance for a future trip!

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5. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

MonteCD what a detailed post, many thanks, we are in Rio for 3 days and thankful for your info

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6. Re: Honeymoon Plans? Change or Proceed as normal

Catherine S: Glad to be of help. Hope you have a wonderful time in Rio.

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