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Selaron Stairs in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro – Downtown

There is no way to talk about the staircase without mentioning the artist responsible for it and who lends his surname to the work: Jorge Selarón. 

Selarón was born in Chile, in 1947, in the small town of Limache, and died in Rio de Janeiro, on January 10th, 2013. A self-taught painter and ceramist, the Chilean realized in Santa Teresa his greatest and best-known work, known today as “Escadaria do Selarón”, listed by the city hall of this city in 2005 and located at Rua Manoel Carneiro. 

The “Escadaria do Selarón“, a place formerly known as Escadaria do Convento de Santa Teresa, has 215 steps and 125 meters in length and connects Rua Joaquim Silva, in the Lapa neighborhood, with Ladeira de Santa Teresa, in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in the city of Rio. 

The “Escadaria do Selarón” is considered the largest sculpture in the world made by a single artist since Jorge Selarón has always worked alone, relying only on the money he made from the sale of his paintings (all representing the theme of the pregnant black woman, an emotional motif of his own life, as he states) and with eventual donations from residents. The work does not stop, the tiles are placed, new tiles arrive, others are removed from there, they change places. 

Nowadays it is a very popular place for locals and tourists to take pictures as the colors are simply amazing, don’t miss it on your next visit to the Wonderful city! 

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Portogalo Suite Hotel – Angra Dos Reis

Rio de Janeiro

In the middle of the mountains and the sea, the Portogalo Suíte hotel is located in front of the bay of Ilha Grande, just 3 hours from Rio de Janeiro. It has ample infrastructure with sauna, swimming pool, hot tub, cinema, sports court, all in a modern and pleasant environment that blends perfectly with the beauty of Angra dos Reis.  

One of the main attractions is the hotel’s exclusive cable car that connects to the paradisiacal Praia do Portogalo, providing guests with one of the most breathtaking views of Angra dos Reis.  

Angra dos Reis is a small fishing village with great tourist potential due to the natural wealth and beauty of its landscapes.

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Going to the beach in Rio – A special experience!

The beach in Rio is the number 1 leisure option for locals, there is nothing more “carioca” than spending a Saturday or Sunday at the beach. We have 24 kilometers of beach in Rio, starting in the neighborhood of Leme ending at Recreio dos Bandeirantes with Pontal beach. There are a total of 186 kiosks in operation, at the beach you can find all kinds of food and different options for families, friends, and couples. Kiosks (known as ‘quiosques’ in Portuguese) are outdoor bars located between the promenade and the beach, that serve food and drinks to the sounds of live music all day and into the night.

Besides the kiosks, there are also vendor tents on the sand, selling food and drinks while you relax sunbathing. All these elements combined make a day at the beach in Rio quite a special experience, an opportunity to learn more about the local habits and culture.

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Happy Anniversary Rio de Janeiro!

456 years of foundation

In March 1st, the wonderful city completed 456 years since its foundation. It received the name of São Sebastião of Rio de Janeiro by the Portuguese military Estácio de Sá. And since then, it still enchants everyone who knows or heard about it.

Congratulations Rio de Janeiro, always beautiful!

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More Memorable Experiences at Sugar Loaf

Rio de Janeiro

To make your visit to Rio de Janeiro and especially to this attraction, unforgettable, now you can take a souvenir tattooed on your skin. Yes, literally, until April 30th, visitors can get a tattoo related to the attraction or to the Wonderful City, as Rio is known.

On the top of the sugar loaf, with this beautiful view, the cable cars from that the 90s, now in expositions, are the studios for this new option.  Another way to make the visit last forever is with a fantastic video and great photos from a drone, to appreciate the beauty of this landscape in all its splendor.

Remembering that from the Morro de Urca, visitors can take a panoramic helicopter flight to appreciate for themselves the natural beauties of the wonderful city.

Rio will be waiting for its visitors, with security protocols in all attractions, innovating to always offer the best experience.

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BioParque do Rio

Rio de Janeiro – By Tereza Heleney

We are more than happy and ​proud to we announce the opening of the BioParque in Rio de Janeiro, last March 22nd.

BioParque follows the most advanced and modern concepts based on education, research and conservation.

Our team has been to the opening visit and had the chance to experience the areas for contemplation and interaction such as: Tropical immersion  – Village of Reptiles – Burle Marx Garden – Kings of the Jungle – Small Farm  and much more. The great amount of snack stands, restaurants  and the beautiful shop brings a special touch to the visit.

We noted a special attention to the new sanitary protocols: mandatory use of face masks, alcohol based hand sanitizer, minimum distance marks to be followed, preferable use of digital payment methods and several signs to help the visitors to remember these guidelines.The park is opened daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Enjoy it!

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Carnival 2022

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In 2022 the biggest party in the world returns, the Brazilian Carnival. This year we remembered with much affection the best of our carnivals, while the samba schools prepare, not only the biggest party in the world, but also the biggest reunion after vaccination.
Our Sambadrome missed our guests for the first time, so we are already preparing everything to have everyone close by in 2022. We are waiting for the greatest party on the planet to be a truly unforgettable one in 2022!

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Art and Nature – Burle Marx site renovated

Rio de Janeiro

The Roberto Burle Marx Site, a special unit of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), underwent a requalification, expanding public access to the life and work of landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The project, completed in December, aimed to enhance visiting places, improve work facilities, improve accessibility conditions, research and education actions. With 407 thousand square meters and a collection of more than 3.500 species of tropical and subtropical plants, the space, located in Barra de Guaratiba, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, has works by renowned artists and the landscaper himself, such as paintings, prints, furniture, ceramics, tapestries, murals, tile panels, all items from your private collection. Accessibility features include tactile maps and models and 3D replicas of works for handling. The new tour of the site covers the interior of the residence, giving access to environments such as the dining room, the visiting room, the music room, where the grand piano of the artist’s mother, the ceramics room, is located. It keeps a good part of the popular art collection, the Burle Marx room, the guest room and the kitchen. Now it is also possible to take a close look at pictures and family photos, as well as the landscaper’s collections, which include Cusco, pre-Columbian, sacred and popular Brazilian art. There is also a multimedia guide in the application format, with scripts in Portuguese, English and Spanish, in audio description and in Brazilian Sign Languages (Libras).

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A new way to visit the Botanical Garden

Rio de Janeiro

Even those who have already strolled through the wooded areas full of stories from the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro will be able to have a new experience in visitation. There are new two models of guided tours: on foot or in electric carts, on weekends and holidays. The guided tour services bring the public closer to the history and the research work done at the Botanical Gardens. Knowledge needs to be shared and experienced to promote belonging and engagement – says Ana Lúcia Santoro, president of the institution. Cart visits will be divided into circular and premium. In the first case, the visitor will have the opportunity to enjoy the service throughout the day. The second model will serve up to six people in the same group for an hour. In the pandemic, the circular line will take only five people. Starting on January 19th, the circular model route will have mandatory disembarkation at seven stops: headquarters of the old Engenho, Bromeliário, Playground, Chafariz das Musas, Pacheco Leão 101, Lago do Pescador and Jardim Japones.

In the initial service, the bracelets will be limited to 70 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon. Cars will have 15 minute intervals between points. According to the Botanical Garden, all vehicles of the circular model will be cleaned by the driver himself at each end of the circuit.If the visitor wants to choose to use the same cart from the beginning to the end of the visitation, the Premium model promises to meet expectations, with the route through the main highlights of the Garden: Pau-Brasil, Frei Leandro Lake, Casa dos Pilões, Bromeliário and Orquidário and Restinga Canteiro, among others.

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Welcome Hope, Welcome Vaccine

Last January 18th, at 709 meters above sea level, in the middle of one of the largest urban forests in the world. We see no better place to start the vaccination against covid- 19: At the feet of Christ the Redeemer, the greatest symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro, icon of Brazil and one of the seven wonders of the modern world.It is worth remembering that Brazil has two of the most respected research and development institutions in biological sciences: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, which formed a partnership with AstraZeneca (Oxford vaccine) and Instituto Butantã in São Paulo, partnership with Sinovac (vaccine coronavac – Chinese). Both vaccines will be produced in Brazil.
Thanks to SUS, the only health care system, Brazil has the expertise in mass vaccination, without the need for a private network.
In 2010, Brazil vaccinated 80 million people against H1N1 in three months. In a single day, the PNI (National Immunization Program) manages to vaccinate 10 million children against polio. It is the only country in the world that has this capacity.
With this experience and the vaccine already being applied to the population, soon we will have better conditions for our new visitors.