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Frommer's Rio de Janeiro Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) Paperback – May 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket (Book 149)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470881577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470881576
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

20 Self-guided Tours. 44 Maps. One Great Trip.

At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything—in the smartest, most time-efficient way.

  • The best of Rio de Janeiro in one, two, or three days

  • Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste

  • Walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods

  • Hundreds of evocative color photos

  • Bulleted maps that show you how to get from place to place

  • Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets

  • A tear-resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs

Find news, deals, apps, and expert advice,plus connect with other travelers at Frommers.com

About the Author

Alexandra de Vries is a freelance writer and translator. Born in Amsterdam to a Dutch father and Brazilian mother, Alexandra made her first trip to Brazil at the ripe old age of 1 month (alas, few of her food reviews from that trip survive). In recent years, Alexandra has returned many times to travel, explore, and live in this amazing country. Alexandra also cowrites Frommer’s Brazil and Frommer’s South America. As a translator, she has translated books on Brazilian icons such as Oscar Niemeyer and Burle Marx.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sm on October 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I used this in 2012 and found it very useful, particularly the walking tours. It's small and compact and I found the map was accurate, but I wasn't using it for Zona Sul as the other reviewer was. Tourists often hear lots of warnings about Rio and then they end up not seeing the delights of the city. The tours take you through areas like Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps, indicating where to be careful but without being alarmist. The restaurant recommendations are good. Simimlarly museums are very well covered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MB on December 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This travel guide is terrible, for several reasons. First, it is SO out-dated. For example, the Santa Teresa street car has not been operational since August 2011 and is not anticipated to be operational any time soon. But the guide makes several recommendations re: the streetcar. It also makes other obviously outdated cultural references, like such and such place will be subject to more security than a J Lo wedding. This tells me the guide hasn't been updated since the mid-2000s. Second, the maps are truly terrible. Most streets on the neighborhood walks are not labeled, making it virtually impossible to follow the suggested route. We also found that landmarks are just flat out misplaced on the maps! Third, many of the suggestions are just dangerous. For example, you probably don't want to walk from St Sebastian via Lavardio as the book suggests, because the streets are deserted except for homeless people sleeping in the streets. Fourth, the era of tour books giving hotel and restaurant recommendations is pretty much over. I can get Trip Advisor advice in real time, why take up half a book with a selection of outdated restaurant and hotel recommendations. Save your money and buy a good map instead and browse Trip Advisor for hotel and restaurant recommendations instead.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maui girl on September 20, 2011
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Although this book had a publishing date of May 2011, I thought it was out-dated. We walked around Ipanema and after having spent an hour looking for a particular store, we discovered that it had closed down. We found several other stores that were also permanently closed, so I stopped referring to the guidebook. Maps had a few errors and some locations were misplaced on the map so we spend extra time looking and finally found out that it was incorrect on the map. This book can be useful for basic tourist info, but I found info on the internet that I thought was more helpful than this book.
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We have had a great experience with the Frommers day by day for Switzerland in 2012, we expect the same level of detail with the Rio de Janeiro Day by Day.
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By Rob on February 11, 2013
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I plan to go to Brazil one day most likly in 2016 when the Olympics are in Rio.
Anyone wishing to visit need some kind of guide to have an inkling what's there
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