About Gisele T
Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Since May 2005
35-49 year old female
I’m a Brazilian journalist living in Argentina since 2008. Buenos Aires became my home from the very first beginning.The city is perfect for walking and for those who like architecture, gastronomy, literature and tango. I'm constantly discovering new places and corners even after all these years. An inspiring city for all types of travelers. You are invited to see my personal blog (in Portuguese): Aquimequedo.com.br
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Outdoor Activities
For a taste of Northeast Brazil without leaving Rio de Janeiro, the best option is to spend a couple of hours at Feira De Sao Cristovao — the haunt of immigrants from this region. The architect Sérgio Bernardes designed this cultural center, and its official name is 'Centro Municipal Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas.' The place has about 700 stalls selling typical food, crafts, ingredients for regional cuisine, as well as arts and crafts. Of course, there is also live music: forró bands and dance groups (typical music and dance from the northeast), and 'repentistas.' The concerts are held in three stages and five different squares. Be careful not to get lost!
For a different view of Rio de Janeiro, take a ferry and spend a day in Niteroi. One of the city's main attractions is the Contemporary Art Museum — better known as MAC. In 'flying saucer' style, it was designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer and built on Boa Viagem beach in a privileged area with a 360' view of Guanabara Bay. It hosts some good exhibits, but the highlight is the architecture itself.
The first thing that strikes you at Casa Daros is its size. This space, devoted to contemporary art, covers more than 11,000 square meters in the Botafogo neighborhood, as well as a garden with imperial palm trees and a spacious interior courtyard. It has exhibition rooms, a library specializing in contemporary Latin American art, a gift shop, and a cafe.
Miam Miam (meaning 'yum-yum' in French) is all about good food. And that is exactly what you will find at this restaurant near the Casa Daros. Roberta Ciasca — trained at one of the famous Cordon Bleu schools — is in charge of the cooking, and the menu offers 'comfort food:' homemade cuisine with innovative touches, beautifully presented. The restaurant is in an old house full of antiques in a delightfully retro setting. Everything invites you to linger.
This 'favela' gained fame for being the setting for the Michael Jackson music video for 'They Don't Care About Us' in 1996, and offers one of the most beautiful views of Rio. The best way to do it is by a guided tour offered by the favela community association. The visit starts with a very steep climb up the hill via cable car, followed by a descent on foot, to explore the nooks and crannies of the favela. There are several guides who speak different languages, even Japanese. The favela is becoming safer and has around 6,000 residents.
This is one of the most charming places in Rio. It is an impressive house, a landmark of 1950s architecture, and the former residence of the Moreira Salles family. It was designed by Olavo Redig Fields with landscape design by Burle Marx. Nestled high in the Gávea, on approximately 10,000 square meters of land, in the midst of the lush Tijuca rainforest. The location alone is worth a visit, but it also houses a great cultural center, cafe, and cinema.
Surprisingly, this museum is not often visited by locals or tourists, which is an injustice! For many years, this colonial mansion, built in 1913, was the summer residence of the industrialist Raymundo de Castro Maya and houses many beautiful art collections. Located on a property of 150,000 square meters in the Tijuca Forest, its gardens have sculptures by contemporary Brazilian artists such as Helio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Iole de Freitas and Nuno Ramos. You can get some great pictures so take your camera with you.
Accustomed to living in harmony with nature, the locals have discovered many places to enjoy the beauty of the region. One such location is the Tijuca Forest, the third largest urban green area in Brazil, with more than 15,000 square meters of dense vegetation, hills, trails, and caves. Estrada das Paineiras is nearly three miles long and winds through the Tijuca Forest. The path goes from the Alto da Boa Vista and comes close to the Christ the Redeemer statue, offering a beautiful view of the city.
Pedra do Sal (meaning salt rock), at Morro da Conceição, was once a slave market and was also considered a sacred place for African religious offerings. Today, it hosts lively samba jam sessions by the Roda de Pedra group every Monday in Largo João da Bahia. The music starts in the afternoon and usually goes on until 11pm. Pedra do Sal is a historical and religious heritage site.
If you can't go a day without entering the ocean, go to discover the Prainha Beach, a paradise 45 minutes from Ipanema. Approximately 150 meters long, Prainha Beach offers white sands and crystal-clear waters suitable for bathing. If you tire of the beach at some point, enjoy getting to know the Natural Park of Prainha. It has 586 square meters of native forest, where you can also see bromeliads and orchids, as well as Maçaranduba, a regional tree species, almost extinct due to the exploration of the construction industry.