The traditional black and white stones used in the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema seafronts have been given a modern twist in order to help out tourists. Using an idea developed in Portugal, QR codes made of the stones have started to be installed at the beaches, vistas, and historic sites where you can access the information in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
As a result of the increase in the number of people acquiring smartphones and tablets, the QR technology has become part of the main touristy points around Brazil and through them you are very likely to get access to the history and details about the attractions and in other cases you may even get a discount or a promotion.
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro
Here you will be able to see where you can find these tourist points and how to access the QR Codes on your smartphone.
List of the sites where the QR code will be installed in Rio over 2013.
4. São Conrado
5. Barra da Tijuca
8. Pão de Açúcar
10. Pista Cláudio Coutinho (Urca)
11. Arcos da Lapa
12. Monumento aos Mortos / Aterro do Flamengo
13. Praça Paris
14. Mestre Valentim
15. Praça XV – D Pedro I
20. Gonzagão / Centro Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas
21. Curumim / Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
22. Quinta da Boa Vista
23. Vista Chinesa
24. Chafariz em frente ao MAM
25. Chafariz das Três Mulheres
26. Parque Madureira
27. Relógio da Glória
28. Jardim Botânico
29. Praça Tiradentes
30. Obelisco da Rio Branco
How to access and use the QR Codes
1-) You will need to download the free application to your equipment:
2-) Then you just need to point it to the image and it will identify the code.
3-) You will be directed to a website where all the information will be available.
By Simone Wells
Image from: http://blogs.estadao.com.br/viagem/pontos-turisticos-do-rio-ganham-qr-codes/