Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green, Eco-Conscious Rio

Visitors have so many misconceptions about Rio de Janeiro: that it's so unsafe you shouldn't leave your hotel to roam the streets and certainly you shouldn't go bicycling, jogging or walking on any of the trails; and that it's a car-choked city crammed with slums. The list goes on. But this isn't what I found. In fact, surprisingly, Rio is a verdant city coated with green spaces and it's also a bike-friendly city. Who knew?

This is an piece I just did for National Geographic Traveler's Intelligent Travel blog on the Rio you never knew.

13 comments:

aljellejay-r said...

Nice advice. Thank you.
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JTravel said...

Hi Aljellejay-r Glad you enjoyed my tips.

Jane Boursaw said...

Good to know! Ever since I saw the movie 'Rio' (yeah, I know it's an animated kids' movie and probably not indicative of the city, but there you go), I've wanted to go there. It's so colorful! Of course, they were smack in the middle of Carnival in the movie, so that probably helped.

jcreaturetravel said...

Hi Jane, I still have to see that movie. It looks very cute.

merr said...

What a lovely article on NatGeo. I have never been, either, but that photo on our blog looks amazing.

JTravel said...

Hi merr, Glad you enjoyed the article and the photos. Hopefully, my tips will be useful should you make it to Rio.

casey-good-food-stories said...

I don't know about breezy runs, but I'm sure I could manage a breezy walk under those trees - looks gorgeous!

JTravel said...

Hi casey, everyone, whether those working up a sweat or those just strolling, enjoy these paths, for sure.

Donna Hull said...

Enjoyed the article. I visited Rio at the end of a cruise. To be honest, I dreaded touring there because of Rio's bad reputation. It turned out to be a delightful city that I would enjoy visiting again.

JTravel said...

Hi Donna, I'm so glad you enjoyed Rio. So many people fall for all the bad publicity and miss the city's hidden and not so hidden treasures.

Alexandra said...

I don't think I will ever get to Rio, but who knows? This post increased my desire to visit. And, I have always appreciated the Brazilian people. I recently learned that Brazil is a country with a zero immigration policy. Did you know?

JTravel said...

Hi Alexandra, I found the Brazilians very warm and welcoming when I was in Rio. But I had no idea about the zero immigration policy. Thanks for the heads up on that.

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Great post and I never knew it was a bike friendly city, thats great! Also love the picture at the top of the post.