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Celebrity Tips for Rainy Days in Rio Posted by on Jan 9, 2009 in Entertainment

Rio de Janeiro is known best for outdoor activities, like the beach, Corcovado Mountain, the Sugarloaf, hang gliding, hiking, and more. But there’s no need to despair when it rains, since there are plenty of fun things to do indoors. Globo asked some local celebrities to give tips about what to do in Rio when it rains, so let’s check them out.

Evandro Mesquita, a singer, suggests taking a trip to Santa Teresa on the streetcar to see the beautiful old mansions and to explore the Carioca bohemian scene.

Milton Teixeira, a historian, advises taking a tour of Centro, Rio’s historic downtown area. There, he suggests checking out the National History Museum, the Imperial Palace, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Municipal Theater, some of which are the finest museums in town. He also suggests visiting the Mosteiro de São Bento, one of the oldest monestaries in Rio where you can admire the barroque architecture and hear the Gregorian chants at mass each morning.

Teixeira, as well as Ricardo Freire, a publicist, insist that tourists shouldn’t miss Confeitaria Colombo, a Rio landmark and cafe/restaurant from the early 1900s with spectacular architecture and delicious food. Though the most famous one is located in Centro, a newer branch is located in the Copacabana Fort.

Camila Pitanga, an actress, suggests exploring the cultural scene, including museums, concerts, and shows. As far as museums go, she encourages tourists to go to the Instituto Moreira Salles in Gavea and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Flamengo.

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