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The ultimate guide to Rio de Janeiro, the Rough Guide offers detailed coverage of sites from the Christ statue at Corcovado to the fun-filled beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, together with comprehensive reviews to suit all budgets of accommodation and restaurants in the city and state of Rio de Janeiro.
The definitive guide to Rio de Janeiro carnival and the best year-round Rio de Janiero nightlife, in-depth advice is provided for finding the best carnival parades and street party "blocos"; how to get to the purpose built parade ground "Sambodromo"; staying safe in Rio; finding the best street sambas; and all the Rio de Janeiro carnival warm-up events at samba schools, nightclubs and city shows.
Rio offers far more than carnival and beaches, however. With the best coverage of fascinating less-visited areas like Santa Teresa, downtown and the Zona Norte, there are also background chapters on Rio de Janeiro's turbulent history, Afro-Brazilian influences, and the growth of favelas and reviews of tours of them that both informative and beneficial to the community.
Now a premier destination for sports, comprehensive information is given on football matches at the Maracana stadium and on Rio's football clubs, as well as coverage of volleyball, capoeira, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and hiking in the beautiful Tijuca national park, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Handy information is also provided on getting out of town to destinations elsewhere in the state of Rio sucy as Paraty, Petrópolis, Ilha Grande and Búzios.
About the Author
A freelance journalist since 2004, Robert Coates has written widely on the Caribbean and Brazil for travel guides, newspapers and international organizations. Previously working in youth-focused roles in NGOs and local government in the UK and the Caribbean, he holds a masters in Postcolonial Politics from Aberystwyth and speaks Portuguese and French.
Oliver Marshall is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in history and travel relating to the Americas. His most recent travel articles have been to Connoisseur Circle, The Geographical Magazine, The Independent and Wanderlust Magazine. He first visited Brazil in 1982 and has been regularly ever since. He has degrees from the universities of East Anglia and Manchester and has been a research fellow at the Universities of London's Institute of Latin American Studies and the University of Oxford's Centre for Brazilian Studies.
Eager to leave genteel Bath in south west England as a fresh-faced eighteeen year old, Robert Coates used a handful of Rough Guides while backpacking the Middle East in the mid 1990s, always appreciating the books' approach to balancing coverage of the sights with intelligent background. A few years later he discovered a passion for the Caribbean while living in Jamaica as a youth worker, an experience which included drumming in a reggae band, inadvertently ending up in a riot, and developing a love for ackee and saltfish.
After two degrees and a stint as a reporter at the UN Commission for Human Rights, Robert's first work as a travel writer was in 2004. While visiting family in Belize, he met Rough Guide author Peter Eltringham and gained an informal - if alluring - contract to research music, punta nightlife, and human rights issues for the Rough Guide to Belize. He has since returned to the region numerous times to update Rough Guides to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean - in the process visiting islands like Cuba, Curacao, St Lucia and Martinique. Dancing rum-in-hand through the carnival-crazed streets of Port of Spain led Robert onwards to Brazil, travelling across the country in 2007 before returning to the Cidade Maravilhosa to research the first edition Rough Guide to Rio de Janeiro, published in 2009.
In between times, Robert has worked for VSO as a volunteer manager in London and a programme officer in Guyana, as well as contributing to the New Internationalist and a range of other books and magazines. He's a self-confessed lover of Rio's big passions - football, Carnaval and samba - as well as being an enthusiastic hiker, canoeist and musician. When not in Brazil or the Caribbean, he is based in Bristol.