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Frommer's Portable Rio de Janeiro Paperback – May 1, 2006

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Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Put the Best of Rio de Janeiro in Your Pocket

  • Insider tips on the best side trips from Rio.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
  • The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.

Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com

About the Author

A native of California, Shawn Blore has lived and worked in a half-dozen countries and traveled in 40 or more (but who’s counting). Now a resident of Rio de Janeiro, Shawn is an award-winning magazine writer and the author of Vancouver: Secrets of the City and co-author of Frommer’s Vancouver & Victoria, Frommer’s South America, and Frommer’s Brazil.

Alexandra de Vries made her first journey to Brazil at the ripe old age of 1 month (alas, few of her food reviews from that trip survive). In recent years since, Alexandra has returned many times to travel, explore, and live in this amazing country. Alexandra co-writes Frommer’s Brazil, about her favorite place to live, and Frommer’s South America and Frommer’s Vancouver & Victoria, about her favorite places to visit.

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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Portable (Book 110)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 3 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471784672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471784678
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,796,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
My own two trips to Rio have been in the latter half of June 2008 and the same period in 2006, that is to say in what passes for mid-winter there. This obviously does not make me any kind of comprehensive expert on the city nor on the various outlying spots I was able to get to, but I had expert guidance from a resident travel writer and I packed quite a lot into my time there, so perhaps I can be of some assistance.

Frommer's portable guide seems rather a good little book to me. It is a handy pocket size, it covers a lot of topics and the advice offered is concise and sensible. It hardly needs saying that the remarks on currency-exchange are best disregarded in the present world situation. Rio was inexpensive by my standards in 2006, but a lot less so in 2008, with 5% inflation in Brazil's `tiger' economy and the £ sterling nosediving. However unless something really appalling overtakes what I am saying, it should still be affordable on a moderate income. Take good notice of what the book says about arrival. Rio airport is a bit scruffy by European or American standards, but the customs and immigration process is efficient, and they were able to clear a 450-seat jumbo jet in not much more than half an hour. On no account lose the form with the green printing, or you will face problems when trying to leave. Battle your way through the innumerable taxi-touts and get a prepaid taxi from one of the women yelling at you from behind the glass panels. It will cost you twice what your taxi from a rank will cost on the way back, but just go along with that. Carry a reasonable amount of reais for immediate purposes, but a good rule in Rio generally is not to carry more cash than you can afford to be robbed of.
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By A Customer on December 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
The guide wasn't that helpful in defining our itenerary or discovering Rio. The guide only covers hotels and restaurants and the restaurants were either tourist traps or filled with other travelors... hard to get a taste of local tradition.
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We spent two days in Rio and used this book to help us in our sightseeing decisions as well as to give us some of the history and insight into the culture. We found the book to be very helpful.
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By Reno on December 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Has all the basics you would expect. Definitely worth a buy - along with THe Partier's Guide to Rio (this has some of the other "must do/see" items like particular foods that you've gotta try).
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