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Top Tips for Rio+20 Attendees

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14th Jun 2012

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With over 50,000 attendees descending upon Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the Hub Rio de Janeiro Pavilion is set for a week of intense activities. But what about the rest of the city? We asked our Man in Rio, Andrew Harding, to share the best secret tips for international visitors, Hub style.

Getting Around

Travel restrictions are in place for the week, and traffic snarls result in long journey times. Aside from taxis and shuttles from major hotels (recommended) Taxi Vans ply the streets of the city, especially Zona Sul, and are a quick and convenient way to get around. They cost R2.50 per journey, and the Vans marked Vidigal will take you right past Hub Rio, at 99 Avenue Niemeyer.

For a daily car service, try Gratas Executive Car Service, which Man in Rio can arrange.

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Aside from internet at the Hub Rio Beach House Pavilion, the two best places to get online and have a coffee at the same time are in Ipanema. Cafeina on Farme de Amoeda, and Market Cafe or Travessa Livaria Bookstore Cafe on Rua Visconje de Piraja are the best possible options for working meetings.


For the traditional churrascaria, try Porcao, in Leblon and Ipanema. In Barra de Tijiuca, try Baby Beef. For fine Italian dining, try Viera Souto in Ipanema - although reservations at all are likely to be full, just walk in. For casual bites, Sucos, Nectar and Ipanema Cafe, all on Rua Visconje de Piraja, are excellent.

Apartment Rentals

For apartment emergencies, email Man in Rio - they can help arrange via available lettings that are still on offer from individual owners.

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Go hangliding in Sao Conrado with a world champion Brazilian hanglider for R300, or try surfing in Leblon or waterskiing on the Lagoa with Greg, a friend of Andrew. Shopping - there is H.Stern for Brazilian luxury, and we love Osklen for top Brazilian fashion and Brazilian Soul. Osklen has just released a special collection in time for Rio+20 dubbed A21 - with great sustainable fabrics, beautiful material construction and stunning style.

There's always the beach! We like the area around Poste Nove (9) which attracts the beautiful people, and Barraca Jorge e Pele make the BEST capraihnas. It goes without saying this should be with Leblon cachaca, which is being served all week at Hub Rio. We also like Sonia, on the beach with aqua de coco at the midpoint of Posto 8 and 9. An evening beach run along Viera Souto is a perfect way to experience Carioca life at its best. Acai with granola in the morning, and pao de queijo as a snack from corner spots are a must!

To find Hub Rio, please visit our online map, or stroll up 9am-6pm daily at 99 Avenue Niemeyer, Leblon. The Beach House is ocean-facing, 500 meters before Sheraton Rio, and best accessed via Shuttle to Sheraton Rio and a short walk back, or by walking up from Leblon beach. Traffic restrictions one-way during the summit may be in force, so just remember if coming from Barra de Tijuca or Rio Centro.

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The 2012 Hub Culture Rio Beach House Pavilion - building the Future we Want, is presented with Coca-Cola and in association with Leblon cachaca, the Climate Group, CNN, the Carbon War Room, R20, EFF Architectura and Litmedia.