Visit Ilha Grande (Big Island) From Rio

Just a two-hour drive and a short boat trip from Rio de Janeiro lies Ilha Grande (Big Island), a beautiful island off of Brazil’s Green Coast.  Visitors can expect to enjoy a handful of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, boat tours, and hiking opportunities (for the more adventurous, ‘Pico do Papagaio’ or The Parrot Peak offers a stunning view of the region’s 365 islands):

VISITING RIO DE JANEIRO’S ISLAND ESCAPE ON ILHA GRANDE

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Branching Out: Day Trips to Explore Near Rio

Read on for 4 destinations near Rio that make for amazing day trips. Niterói, Petrópolis, Teresópolis, and Ilha de Paquetá are each within a 2-hour trek (via car or public transportation) from Rio and each city offers something different.  From an artsy metropolitan vibe to the idyllic mountain scene, from the great outdoors to an island retreat–you’re bound to find a destination you’ll love!

GREAT DAY TRIPS TO EXPLORE WITHIN TWO HOURS FROM RIO

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Rio’s Museum of Art Transforms into a ‘Lugar de Criança’

Each weekend during the month of October, Rio’s Museum of Art is transforming itself into a ‘lugar de criança’ (place for children).  Read on to find out how you and the little ones you love can experience and explore pint-sized exhibitions, including the Creation Laboratory and special programming for children with hearing impairments:

RIO’S MUSEUM OF ART BECOMES ‘A PLACE FOR CHILDREN’ THIS WEEKEND

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The Guide to Rio’s Centro: Afternoon and Evening Edition

From where to go for a tasty Brazilian snack (one great option is Café do Bom Cachaça da Boa) to the hottest nightlife spot (think Espaço Acústica), today’s featured article offers up some great tips and suggestions for exploring Rio’s Centro in the afternoon and evening:

TIPS FOR VISITING RIO’S CENTRO IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING

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ArtRio’s CIGA Festival Open Monday and Tuesday

September 24th and 25th, the ‘Circuito Integrado de Galerias de Arte’ (Integrated Circuit of Art Galleries) or CIGA will be open, with the goal of bringing visual arts and people together. Rio’s art galleries–large and small–as well as well-known museums and cultural centers will open their doors, offering special and previously unpublished exhibitions:

ARTRIO’S CIGA FESTIVAL OPENS DOORS MONDAY AND TUESDAY

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Taste the World in a Day

Today’s featured article shares the story of Mercado de Produtores Uptown (the Uptown Farmers Market),Rio de Janeiro’s first market-food hall.  The market is inspired by Rio’s tradition of food markets and born of a new trend toward charming food stalls.  Read on for more about the wide range of artisanal international foods offered at Mercado de Produtores, and how you too can experience “this gathering of diverse food.”

MERCADO DE PRODUTORES UPTOWN: SHELTER FROM THE STORM

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A Must, If You Love Wild Swimming

Situated in Jalapão State Park, a short flight from Rio, Cachoeira do Formiga (or “Ant Waterfall”) is a shoe-in for your bucket list.  A bright turquoise swimming hole with water so clear that you can see the grains of white sand at the bottom.  But be forewarned: This pool is so beautiful that your social media followers might accuse you of Photoshopping any photos you share of yourself here!

A CRYSTAL CLEAR SWIMMING HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BRAZILIAN DESERT

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