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60-yr old female going solo to Rio - itinerary

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I've decided to fly into Rio before my meeting in São Paulo in September to see some more of the country. I'll arrive early morning on Thursday September 7 (Independence Day) and I need to be in SP by Monday night or early Tuesday.

I've found a hotel in Ipanema (Mar Ipanema on Rua Visconde De Piraja) as this appears to be the most recommended neighborhood. I could save quite a bit of money by staying in Copacabana at Americas Copacabana or an Ibis several blocks off beach approximately Posto 3-4. My top priority is safety. Quiet would be nice. I don't expect an ocean/beach view and I am not looking for nightlife. Stay in Ipanema?

My thoughts for itinerary are:
Sept 7 - transfer to hotel (taxi?) and rest when can check in; maybe walk along beach; maybe Botanical Garden.

Sept 8 - weather dependent - Corcovado Cristo Redento (taxi to cog train?) + Sugarloaf + tour of Santa Teresa. I am thinking that tour guide not required to visit the two mountains, but might be helpful to have a guide when wandering the streets of Santa Teresa so I won't be a single tourist wandering and end up in the wrong place.

Sept 9 - taxi to ferry to Paqueta. Walk along beach, fort of Copacabana. Check into any Samba school rehearsals or go to a bar or show. I'd rather not go to a bar alone, so might end up at tourist show or relax.

Sept 10-11 - uncertain. I've considered Ilha Grande. but if I am not swimming, snorkeling, or walking alone through the forest, it sounds like it could be a lot of effort. I think Parity is too far even if I go to Parity on the 10th and on to SP on the 11th via bus, if practical. A tour to Petropolis (I don't want to drive) is close enough, but what little I've read about the Imperial Museum doesn't spark a lot interest although people seem to give it high ratings. None of the museums in Rio have caught my attention either. Any suggestions?

After SP, a friend and I will be going to Iguazu Falls.

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