Moon Rio de Janeiro
By Michael Sommers
First Edition, November 2009
Price: $17.95 USD
Experienced traveler and Brazil resident Michael Sommers covers the best of Rio de Janeiro—from exploring the lavish architecture of Centro and Lapa to relaxing on the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. Sommers includes unique trip ideas for a variety of travelers, including Historic Rio, Romantic Rio, and Rio on the Cheap (With Charm). With expert advice on where to stay, what to see, and where to find the best Brazilian cuisine, Moon Rio de Janeiro gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy the very best of Rio de Janeiro with these itineraries:
- The Best of Rio
- Top 10 Beaches
- Rio on the Cheap
- Carnaval Party Planner
- Nature Lover’s Rio
Discover the ins and outs of Rio de Janiero’s neighborhoods.
Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:
- Santa Teresa
- Gloria and Catete
- Flamengo and Laranjeiras
- Botafogo, Cosme Velho, and Urca
- Copacabana and Leme
- Gavea, Lagoa, and Jardim Botanico
- Barra da Tijuca and Recreio
- Greater Rio de Janeiro
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
- Ilha Grande
Resources include a Portuguese Phrasebook
Born in Texas and raised in Toronto, Michael grew up with travel on the brain—the result of time spent in the backseat of Oldsmobiles, Mini-mokes, and Pan Am jets under the influence of his Gourmet-addicted mother and his father’s roving zoom lens.
When Michael turned 18 he began living it up around the world, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montréal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in literature from McGill University and an MA in history and civilizations from the école des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema. He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.
Michael first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory of Rio de Janeiro is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at the Hotel Glória. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes and unique cultures. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the beautiful baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for the last decade. He has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil’s national stew of beans and salted beef and pork), but he does make a mean caipirinha.