[This post was written on November 25, 2019.]
The Rio Star is almost open to the public. The big Ferris wheel was being built in Rio de Janeiro since the end of 2018. You can buy tickets starting today, November 25th, at 6 pm, for a special promotional price of R$49. This discounted price will remain until December 19th. From that day on, the original price for the tickets is R$59. Special half-price conditions may apply to students, elderly people, and teachers.
Starting at 6 pm today, you can buy tickets online at riostar.tur.br for rides from December 6th on, when the wheel begins to run for tourists and residents. You can only use debit or credit card to buy the tickets.
Measuring 88 meters in height, Rio Star has 54 cabins with a capacity for eight passengers each. The full ride takes from 15 to 18 minutes. From the top, you can see the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, the city center, and other sights. All cabins have air condition for a better experience during the hotter days in Rio.
The Ferris wheel is located in the docks area of Rio de Janeiro, near AquaRio. It is also fairly close to Museu do Amanhã.
If you are interested in being one of the first people to have this kind of experience in Rio, we suggest you buy the tickets in the first minutes of the sale. They will surely sell out quickly.
To get to Rio Star, the better way is to take the subway and VLT. Take the subway to Cinelândia station and then take the VLT (Rio’s light rail vehicle system) Line 1 to Utopia/AquaRio station. Of course, you can also take an Uber or taxi to get there easily.
Rio Star is among the 30 biggest Ferris wheels in the world, having the same height as the Eurowheel in Italy and the Aurora Wheel in Japan. It is also the biggest in Latin America.
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