Rio de Janeiro’s November 2010 Highlights 2

Rio de Janeiro is considered by many to be a top priority due to the fact that it has a lot to offer. With this sequel, we will continue to point out what we consider to be important events that will be organized in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this November 2010.

A world trade show that will open its doors on November 20th is the Soccerex Global Convention and will last four days. The event features important meetings and active debates. The organizers expect more than four thousand people to attend to this event, coming from more than a hundred countries, for a gathering of 300 exhibitors. This year, the “League Summit” will be held for the first time, which is a meeting of the organizers of the main world championships, like English’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s Primera Division, German’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue 1 and of course, the Brazilian Championship.

A tribute to the 40th anniversary of being the world champion three times in a row will be the highlight of the event. Soccer legends, Brazilian players, culture and music people will participate in a soccer beach tournament for this occasion. The Soccerex Festival shall take place in an arena set up right on the golden sands of the famous Copacabana beach, and it shall have a team of former players such as Holand’s Rud Gullit, England’s Bryan Robson, Argentine’s Adiles and Brazil’s Carlos Alberto Torres and Bebeto.

On November 20th is the Zumbi dos Palmares (Black Consciousness Day). Celebrate the anniversary of the death of the leader who set the interior of Brazil in motion in the 17th century by forming the Quilombo of Palmares, as a resistance against slavery. The venue for this event will be Praca Onze – Av. Presidente Vargas – Downtown. This will coincide with the National Black Pride Day which will honor the man who dedicated his entire life to fighting for freedom of his race.

The International Sand Sculpture Competition is the final major event that will be organized in Rio de Janeiro. It will be organized starting with November 21th until December 5th 2010. The venue for this event will be Enseada de Botafogo – Praia de Botafogo – Botafogo.

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Rio’s Airport Transport

You will need to clear customs and immigration when arriving into Galeao International Airport, gateway to the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. This is usually a quick and efficient process, prior to collecting your luggage.

You will move through a secure area upon collecting your luggage. In this area there are a few ‘executive taxi’ companies who offer fixed price transfers to all major destinations.It is possible to pre-book your airport transfer with these companies, and some will even allow you to pay online prior to arrival. Try contacting Rio Airport Transfer for more information on pre-booking your transfer.

After departing the secure area of the airport there are also yellow taxis located immediately outside the doors of the airport, and buses can be found by follow the signs, written in English.

Travelling by standard taxi from the airport will either be a pleasurable experience or one in which you’ll discover later you were ripped off on. Like taxi companies all over the world Rio de Janeiro has its fair share of good drivers, and those who will exploit the fact that you don’t speak the language, and don’t know how much you should pay. Keep in mind that the Brazilian economy is doing quite well and therefore taxi prices have increased significantly in the last few years.

If you are ripped off by a taxi driver in Rio don’t take it too badly, many Brazilian’s not native to Rio also find themselves paying more than a local would pay when travelling from the airport.

Buses are a very cheap way of travelling from the airport to the most popular suburbs. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage then bus travel within Rio may not be the best option for you. Firstly it is difficult to get luggage on and off a bus and there’s not always much space on the bus, and secondly there is a greater chance someone will try to steal from you. Having said this, intercity and interstate bus travel within Brazil is a very comfortable and secure way to travel.

Arriving in Rio ensures you a nice stay, but the noise and the attention you will receive from those wanting to offer you services can be overwhelming to some. If you prefer to have your transport to and from your accommodation arranged before arriving then contacting one of Rio’s executive transfer companies will be the best option for you.

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