Rio de Janeiro premieres its giant wheel
This Friday, December 6, the capital of Rio, an iconic point of tourism in Brazil, opens a panoramic view that will be the highest in Latin America
The attraction, baptized as Rio Star, is located in the port area, which was remodeled during the preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The "Porto Maravilha" is a museum and restaurant complex located in the old port of Rio, at which is accessed thanks to the VLT, the electric train that crosses the most central points of the city, in addition to traditional options such as buses, metro and taxis.
Rio Star will be the largest rotating wheel in Latin America and will be among the largest in the world, among which is the High Roller (Las Vegas), Star of Nanchang (China), London Eye (London) and EuroWheel (Italy). With 88 meters high, it reaches the equivalent of a 25-story building and has 54 air-conditioned cabins each with capacity for eight passengers, facilities adapted for people with disabilities and can transport up to 432 people every 18 minutes. The attraction will offer unique views of Rio de Janeiro postcards such as the port area, the Amanhá Museum, the Central Clock, the Morro da Providencia, Cristo Redentor, Sugar Loaf, Pedra do Sal, Río Niterói Bridge and the City of Samba or Sambadrome.
The expectation of the operator FW Investimentos is that some 3,000 people visit the attraction every day, reaching more than one million visitors per year. Rio Star will be open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, in an area close to the Aqua Rio marine aquarium, and in the middle of a food plaza and open access shops.
Tickets are already on sale through the site www.riostar.tur.br, and cost between 49 and 290 reais for those who want VIP access and private cabins; Children aged 3 to 11 pay 35 reais, the same value for people over 60 and people with disabilities entitled to a companion. Unlike attractions such as the Sugar Loaf bondinho, the wheel sells the locations for a given day.