Now the Crowds Have Cleared, It’s Time to See the Sights

Discussion in 'Brazil' started by NileGuide, Mar 31, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. Carnival 2011 and New Year in Rio may have been rather rainy affairs this year, but that didn’t stop the tourist hordes from flockign to the city in their hundreds of thousands.
    Now, with those mega-parties just a fuzzy memory, Rio de Janeiro has returned to as close to ‘normality’ as things get in this most frenetic and flamboyant of cities.
    With Brazilians back at work/school/college and foreign tourists much thinner on the ground than during the Brazilian summer high season, Rio de Janeiro feels less dauntingly crowded right now than it did a month ago, and the timing is perfect for tourists who want to see the sights without being crowded out by others with exactly the same agenda.
    While many travelers like to pride themselves on getting off the beaten track and avoiding ‘tourist traps’, but Rio de Janeiro’s major tourist attractions really are worth putting on your tourist hat for.
    With autumn just about to arrive, it is reasonable to expect plenty of clear skies, particularly in the early morning, so head off early to mega-attractions like Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ Statue atop Corcovado. Make the most of sunny weather and head for the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema[​IMG] during the afternoon (don’t forget the sunscreen and plenty of water) – there’s no guarantee that clear skies will hold out.
    Above all, don’t be afraid to act like a tourist – with relatively few around at this time of year, your presence will be very welcome.

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