This very attractive city was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th centry. Rio was the capital of Brazil until 1960 when Brasilia took over. It is famous for its spectacular setting as well as its carnival. It also has many beautiful beaches including the well-known Copacabana and Ipanema.
Position 22°58'S, 43°08'W.
All clearance formalities must be undertaken in the commercial harbour of Rio de Janeiro, which is not recommended to be entered by yacht, as it is much more convenient to stay in one of the marinas and go to the necessary offices by public transport. Marina da Gloria is the most conveniently located for a visiting yacht and the office will help with instructions as the various offices are best visited by taxi.
If moving across the harbour to Niteroi, be sure to clear out of Rio first.
There are several anchorages and marinas in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most conveniently situated being Marina da Gloria close to Rio's smaller airport. The marina is very crowded with local boats, but space is usually found for visitors, although facilities are limited.
Another option is to anchor off the Royal or "Botafogo" YC. They make a charge for use of their moorings and facilities.
Alternativly, mooring at Niteroi on the eastern side of this large harbour is possibly a cheaper and safer option.
Last updated January 2010.