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KITESURFING HOLIDAY - RIO
As Brazil makes its final preparations for the football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics two years later, Rio de Janeiro is going to be buzzing more than ever. It's already one of the world's
The beach suburb of Barra da Tijuca is the main kitesurfing area. Roughly 20 minutes from Ipanema, there are three kitesurfing kiosks located at Praia Pepe. You can store your gear at the kiosks, making getting to and from the city much easier (if that's where you decide to stay), there are showers, board racks, air compressors and refreshments, making this a very hospitable spot. The only obstacles? The beautiful people! Once the stronger winds (predominantly from the left - although you can get it from the right) and bigger waves hit, the beach empties out and offers up
If you prefer freestyle then MaximRio run guided excursions to Araruama Lake, a waist deep, salt water lagoon. Two-and-a-half hours away from Rio, it's worth every second of the trip as there
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
The season in Rio de Janeiro is from October to March and you can expect constant 18 to 25 knot winds. Basically if the direction is correct on Windguru, the thermals will accelerate the wind, often making the statistics and readings difficult, but there's plenty of wind! Ideal kite sizes for Rio are your nines or 12 metres and smaller for Cabo Frio, Buzios or Araruama where the thermals are stronger, getting up to 30+ knots.
We can personally recommend Martin from MaximRio as the host with the most, he's been running
Currency: Brazilian Real (R$): £1 = R$3.6 / €1 = R$3.2 / $1 = $R2.3 ATMs work fine in Rio and at the airport.
Hotel charges in the city are astronomical, however www.riomanagement.com offer apartments at a fraction of the cost, starting at US$95 per night for a one bed in Ipanema, rising from there. A three bed can cost around US$300 per night, with prices increasing substantially around NYE and carnival (26th Feb - 5th March). Rio however is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you won't regret any time spent here.
FOOD AND DRINK
Rio is insanely good for eating out and drinking, day or night, but again, it's not cheap. The city centre is much safer than you may have read about years ago, the favellas (we are led to believe) have been cleaned up to a huge degree and are away from the centre, and with the focus from the World Cup and the Olympics coming to town, there is a lot of pressure on Rio to have reduced the threat there once was to tourists. That's not to say it's like wondering around at home, but be
Spectacular hang gliding, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, SUPing off Copacabana, stunning beaches, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf mountain, the Macarena stadium, museums, galleries and a host of cultural tours. There is no end to the activities here.
The international airport is Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim (GIG) and is 45 - 60 minutes from Leblon / Ipanema / Copacabana. The domestic and South American airport is Santos Dumont (SDU) and is 75 minutes away from the city centre