On this page we have some of our favorite memories of Rio: drinking coconut water on the beach and celebrating with Brazilians during the World Cup 2002. I was so lucky that the final game coincided with my birthday...the best party of my life! Of course, no one wishes to remember the 2006 or 2010 World Cups, now on to 2014 in Brazil!
Access the Rio de Janeiro online guide on Férias Brasil for travel tips and information in Portuguese.
Saturday afternoon at the Botanical Gardens.
The Jesuits' Bridge in Santa Cruz.
We have a lot more pictures of Rio's Botanical Garden. We also photographed Rio's fabulous downtown museums and cultural centers. For general tips on Rio, visit our Little Black Book.
There's a great Web site dedicated to one of my favorite spots in Rio: the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). Wonderful photos, the history of the cable cars and much more. Don't miss it!
Also, if you're planning a trip to Rio after you see the animated film, don't forget to check out our fave site there: Ipanema.com. They have a FREE hotel reservations service, which is a big hit with travelers from around the world. I've used it myself many times.
The Jesuits' Bridge and Princess Isabel's home in Santa Cruz (shown here in an older photograph) are being restored as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of D. João and the Portuguese court in Brazil. We're planning on seeing a lot of the exhibitions and taking a lot of pictures around town. Among the institutions founded by the Portuguese king are the magnificent Biblioteca Nacional and that favorite of ours, Rio's Botanical Garden.
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