When planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, we must consider expenditures, right? We budget. We save. We check prices of the must-see tourist attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. In fact, we think primarily monetarily while trip-planning, because dollars make sense…and cents, or in this case, centavos. Unfo
rtunately, if we plan this way, we are really, painfully under planning. What should we really expect? I’ll tell you one thing– I wish someone had given me a manual on how to manage types of transport in the grand city, because when I arrived, the get-to-where-I’s-going used up everything I had. That’s right folks. Transportation done the wrong way in Rio can spend more than just most of your money–It can also exhaust most of your time and energy.
In the next few entries, Wheelies on the Bus, “Driving Mrs. Crazy,” Not Your Momma’s Mini-Van, Rock the Streetcar (Bonde), “Under-Over Ground,” and “Politician Aero Plane (Newly erected, keeps changing positions),” we will explore the how-to’s of each type of transportation, which types are best to use to go where and why, and, of course, the costs of each. Get ready for a bumpy, crowded ride.