MICHAEL SOMMERS has lived and worked in Brazil as a journalist for nearly 15 years, in the country's original capital of Salvador, Bahia. As a writer and photographer, he has contributed travel articles to theNew York Times, The Globe and Mail, and the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of the guidebooks Moon Brazil and Moon Rio and his ongoing dispatches from Brazil appear on his blog at www.moon.com/blogs/brazil.
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Unlike many serious guide books, this one has only 272 pages and is made to carry around while using it. One thing that makes this book different is it's approach to travel. The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase geographic knowledge while promoting conservation. This is a real geographer's guide to Rio de Janiero.
One of the first things everybody will want to do is visit the beach because those beaches are so famous. I haven't been there but now I know how badly I would have signaled that I'm from here, not there. It's considered manly to sit directly on the sand and unmanly to sit on a beach towel. Bringing lots of stuff to the beach is in bad form and will let everybody know you're a foreigner.
I like this travel guide because it has maps of the salient places a tourist will normally visit along with explanations for why one does or doesn't do certain things. This is important because Rio de Janiero has such a unique culture with its own way of doing things.
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An Intelligent And Diverse Travel Guide4 mars 2014
I have visited Rio twice in the past six years and have had the advantage of having my own personal guide both times, my brother-in-law. My "guide" had resided in Rio, at different times, for nearly two decades and travels there a couple of times each year. In viewing this guide, I considered my interests which steer toward nature and the terrific beaches, mixed with shopping and unique dining experiences. For the new visitor, this book does a great job of breaking down what Rio has to offer by providing short yet succinct descriptions, maps, and pictures. It also provides good tips on food and lodging and fairly average information regarding transportation, etc. Overall, this is a good planning guide. However, my one gripe concerns crime. Rio has its share of pick pockets, etc. I'm not sure any guide is going to provide enough information to guarantee a traveler's safety. On this guide, it scores 5* on straightforward travel information regarding the area and 2* on safety preparedness.
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This is an interesting guide on what to see and do in Rio de Janeiro and its environs and it certainly piques interest in travelling there. It opens with an exhortation to “travel with the eyes open,” promoting “geotourism” as a modern concept in opposition to “tourism.”
A good introduction to the history and culture is followed by equally helpful chapters divided by neighborhood or geographic area. There is a short section with information on lodging, dining, transportation, and other practical information.
The content seems to have been compressed to fit in a guidebook format, as if what was planned to be coffee-table book has been reformatted at the last minute. The photographs definitely convey the sense of the place and its people, the micromaps are helpful, and the content is descriptive, but it is difficult to enjoy this as a book for reading and it is not as useful as something like a Michelin Green Guide to have in the hand while travelling.
best travel guide ever!23 mai 2014
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i am not one to pick up a travel guide book and when i do they are so boring and information heavy, but this guide by national geographic is just perfect, it is so easy to read and gave me much more info than i have researched myself the past year. i now have a very full and exciting itinerary to look forward to when i go to brasil this summer for the world cup!
While I have never been to Rio de Janeiro, I'd love to go, and that's why I picked up this guide. As expected, the pictures were beautiful (and it's something I've come to expect from National Geographic). The book contains a decent amount of history, and I certainly learned more than I expected because I knew next to nothing about the location previously. One of my favorite things about this travel series is the size the books are - easy to travel with, pack, and carry.