The VLT is the best way to get to Rio’s Aquarium
First tip. It’s best to purcahse your Aqua Rio ticket before hand on the internet- avoiding unnecessary queues. The best way to get to the Aqua Rio marine aquarium is by using the new VLT tram that runs in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The ‘Carioca’ station is the best one as its central and is linked to the metro too, so it’s easier to get to from districts like Copacabana and Ipanema. You’ll have to purchase a special card for the ride if you don’t have a carioca transport card already. At the Carioca station there’s a vending machine – which counts with the support of some VLT employees – for purchasing the cards, not as easy as one might imagine. After you get your card (buy a round trip) your ready for a real cool ride through downtown business center Rio. A look at how the city grew over the decades and centuries. Before you know it your already descending to the Olympic boulevard – the refurbished old port district of Rio de Janeiro – which received a revamp for the 2016 Summer Games.
The Olympic boulevard is a great choice for fun in Rio
The Olympic boulevard is the port where the transatlantic ocean cruisers dock. Along with the ‘Museu do Amanha’ (Museum of Tomorrow) the Aqua Rio is the first apparatus available to the avid tourist. The VLT tram passes right on the boulevard making it an easy walk to any of the complexes – though the scorching hot sun is an inconvenient presence at some times of the day. The entree to Aqua Rio can vary depending on the visitors origin. Internationals will pay more with brazilians and cariocas chipping in with less – with sporadic promotions happening year round.
25 fish tanks and over 4,5 million litres of water
The entrance to the complex has a huge skelleton of a humpback whale on its ceiling – giving the visitor a great opening for the trip. Soon the visitor has a sample of what’s comming with a microscope showing the base of the ocean food pyramide – Krill. Covering over 26k s/m the Aqua Rio complex has 25 seperate fish tanks home to over 8k creatures of over 350 species – the largest of which has a see-through tunnel for observing the hundreds of fish and main attraction of the complex – the magona shark (Carcharias taurus) and the lambaru shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum). Seeing all the marine life from beneath and within the water is a real treat. Projections give late 2017 as date to commence the shark diving activities. So stay alert and you might be able to dive in the shark tank. A lifetime experience. But it’s not all about the sharks. The jellyfish, ans several species of tropical coloured fish are a joy. The little ‘nemos’ and company will put a smile on anyone’s face. A reatreat and a great time, specially for the kids. Don’t miss it!