Originally Posted by feynmix
Thanks. Will keep that in the back of my mind. Constantly.
Also, Buzios or Ilha Grande?
How old are you? Voce fala portuguese?
If you are young I would check out the clubs in Leblon. Popularity like clubs in New york, I assume changes all the time. If you speak portuguese you will have a blast. If you dont you will probably have a blast. Dont be shy. Brasileras expect you to be aggressive. Tongue down the throat within ten minutes of meeting is not at all out of the question.
I just realized this was a bit hetero centric. Big gay scene in Rio also. Posto 8 or maybe 9 in Ipanema. Thats where the "Barbies" hangout.
Ilha Grande is the new "cooler" spot. Buzios is nice. You can get a bus trip arranged through a travel agency and many B&B's are quite reasonable. With only one week it might not be worth it though.
I have a low opinion of Copa. Its seedy and there is a lot of petty crime and minor annoyances. Beach is broad and beautiful though. Dont wear nice shoes in Copa. You will literally have shit thrown on them and a helpful local will guide you to a shoe shine guy to clean them up for you for a very reasonable price.
I much prefer the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon and the adjacent communities.
See Cristo Redentor. Try to go on a clear day and you can see all of Rio. Just stunning. You can see the ancient cemetary, Maracana and baby Maracana stadiums , all the beaches and a lot of the Favelas from up there.
Never been to Pao de Azucar. Well, Ive shopped at the super market chain of that name but not the tourist attraction.
Handgliding is supposed to be amazing. You can look down on some of the wealthy enclaves that are hidden for the most part. Its amazing what some of the mega wealthy have in their backyards.
Jardim Botanico is also great if thats your thing. I love it there but people who are not into plants or parks might get bored. Cant really see all of it in a day.
Eating: Italian in the Jardim Botanico neighborhood - Quadrifoglio. Very nice.
Need to check out a Brazilian Churrascaria. I prefer Carretao over Porcao. Theres one in Copa and another in Ipanema rigt next to a bar called Shenanigans thats kind of an expatriot hangout of sorts. Its cheaper than Porcao and the meat is every bit as good in my opinion. It does have a smaller buffet. Make sure you go hungry when you try out Rodizio style dining. Pace yourself and dont be afraid to waive off waiters with there platers and skewers full of meat so you can catch your breath.
Try a Por Kilo place as well. This is essentially a big buffet where you are charged by the weight of your plate. I like the Siquiera Grill in Copa on Rua Siqueira Campos coincidently. The Copa Carretao is across the street.
Milano DOC is another favorite Italian/sea food place on Gomes Carneiro. This is on the cusp of Copa/Ipanema. I have an Apt. on this street just a few doors down.
Esplanada grill. is in Ipanema. very good. Very reasonable prices. Rua Barrao da Torre.
Though the name is stupid there is a chain of restaurants called Garota de ipanema (you know, like the song) Good traditional brazilian food and a pretty good price.
Dont know what your interests are or I would be more specific. I myself go down there to debauch myself but of course Im going straight to hell and you might not want to take that road. If you do, let me know.
Oh. If you can I would highly recomend seeing a soccer game at Maracana. Especially if its a really important one. Its a madhouse of crazed, frenetic energy. No sporting event in the US compares to the craziness.