Local Transportation Advise - Rio Sao Conrado area
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM Last Post By: ratta
Jan 17, 2013 7:27 AM
Local Transportation Advise - Rio Sao Conrado areaHi all -
I'm planning to stay at Rio on the 2nd Week of Feb - just as Carnival gets started.
One hotel choice I have is the Royal Tulip at Sao Conrado area.
The hotel seems quite nice and I'm getting a good deal considering the time of year.
However I'm concerned it would be very far away from Rio's main attractions and I'm worried I would end up paying too much on taxis. Can I get some advise on this subject? Or are there any alternatives via Public transport to reach out to Rio's main attractions from the Sao Conrado area?
On the other hand I would appreciate any tips on the Sao Conrado area itsel.
Thank you very much
Jan 17, 2013 12:02 PM
Jan 17, 2013 4:08 PM
2São Conrado is close to Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Barra da Tijuca. You will only take taxis if you want to because there are dozens of bus lines to take you from there to most parts of town.
São Conrado area don´t have much to offer... it´s a small isolated neighbourhood. In there, you can go to São Conrado´s beach or visit the famous Rocinha (biggest favela in Brazil). Besides, there are good restaurant options and a shopping center called Fashion Mall.
One restaurant that I recommend in the area is a churrascaria called Oásis. In there, you can taste the famous brazilian barbecue. Though pricy, it´s worth it.
Jan 17, 2013 6:46 PM
Jan 22, 2013 5:27 PM
I am currently staying at the Royal Tulip in Sao Conrado.
Yes, it is a bit farther away. It is reasonably close to Leblon. A taxi to Leblon will set your back about 10 reais, 15-20 to Ipanema depending in traffic and how far you want to go into Ipanema. And then more to Copacabana. However there are lots of busses that go in and out, and the desk is helpful about telling you how to get around. There is also a free bus to the Botofogo shopping mall. There are also vans that come down past the hotel that you can flag to go along the coast. We've only taken them to Leblon and Ipanema, but I think there are some that go further afield. They're the cheapest, about 2 reais.
As for the area... It's not my favourite. You are right next to both the Rio Fashion Mall (one of the most expensive in the city I'm told) and the Rocinha favela. There aren't a lot of restaurants. The ones in the mall tend to be on the expensive side, but the food is fine. The one with outdoor seating when you first arrive I would recommend, but I don't remember the name. Outside of the mall, there are some supermarkets near the favela, and then there's the favela itself. I just came back from dinner in Rocinha at a nice place, but I went with friends who knew the area. If you have a group of people you are with, going just inside the favela is okay, but I wouldn't go wandering around aimlessly. If you're interested, private message me and I'll give you directions to the place I went. Food was plentiful, good, and cheap!
The beach on Sao Conrado isn't great. It's been fairly empty since I've been here. It also smells after the rains due to sewage from open sewers in the favela. i wouldnt swim in it. I know I'm not selling the area. It's doable, but not ideal. However, I feel totally safe here, even near Rocinha. I would take a taxi back at night, but that goes for most anywhere in Rio.
As for the hotel, it's by no means posh. It's decent. The rooms are a little stuffy, but for the price it's fine. The best thing is the service. Emerson who works the desk is really helpful, and their feijoada lunch on Saturday is actually pretty good.
I do want to say that, given the option, I wouldn't stay in Sao Conrado again. It has been a bit of a hassle getting around, and that definitely does add some cost onto your trip. It's probably still cheaper to stay here rather than in Ipanema, even if you take a lot of taxis, and if you have the time and energy, it's perfectly possible to get around by bus and the vans.
Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM
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