Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro – Sunday Spotlight

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Sunday Spotlight – Things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

The Sunday Spotlight series is a collaboration of insider travel tips shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web on a destination – this week is all about Rio.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to go travel and visit Rio. If you have already been to Rio, please share a tip in the comments down below!

What to do in Rio De Janeiro

Living It Up In Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

Holidays in Rio de Janeiro have always been de rigeur for the international jet setter. There are so many extraordinary things to experience like the grand art deco hotels of Copacabana, drinking delicious caipirinhas, and visiting the world renown Christ the Redeemer statue. This article looks at how you can live it up on your own in this marvelous city.

Top 5 Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the planet’s top places to party, but there’s something here for everyone — not just those who like to stay up all night. Here’s some of Craig Martins favorite things to get you started.

Top Rio de Janeiro Tips – Your Unmissable Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

Vibrant, beautiful Rio de Janeiro draws millions of visitors to its shores each year, all searching to find the spirit of the city. But where to start?

Hostelworld ask their Facebook fans for their top tips on what is unmissable in Rio de Janeiro. Here’s what they discovered.

Tips for First-Time Visitors to Rio de Janeiro

While Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s favorite destinations for beach lovers, party people and culture lovers who like it hot, not everyone comes prepared to make the most of their visit. A little preparation can save you time, money and make a great vacation spectacular.

Rio de Janeiro Regional Guide

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest in Latin America. From the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the magnificent summits of Corcovado and Sugarloaf, Rio combines natural attractions with a sprawling metropolis.

Matt Kepnes shares a lot of useful tips about exploring Rio in this regional guide.

Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Leblon Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Copacabana Beach: THE beach to go on your next vacation

Copacabana Beach is by far the most visited beach in Rio de Janeiro, the most famous one in Brazil, and one of the most known beaches in the world. When foreigners think “Rio de Janeiro” or “Brazil”, Copacabana Beach immediately comes to their minds

Madson Araujo shares how to get the most out of your visit.

Visiting Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

The Best View in Rio…And It’s From a Favela

Rio’s favelas are where approximately 70,000 of the city’s poorest residents live. The favelas have a reputation for being crime ridden and acutely dangerous, with many places flagged as no-go areas: infamous as the hangouts for criminals and the location of drug deals.

Flora Baker never expected to visit any of the favelas in Rio – and she honestly never thought she’d experience one in the way she did.

An Inside Look Into Rio De Janeiro’s Favelas

Rio de Janeiro sells itself on images of white sand beaches with a bright city lights backdrop. The perfect blend of tropical and urban. But, it does not like to talk about how those twinkling city lights are mostly made up of favelas.

Favelas are the Brazilian version of ghettos. Alexandra Pucherelli spent 2 weeks living in a favela in Brazil and came to realize that they are the heart of Rio’s vibrant culture.

Travelling safely in Rio’s favelas

More travellers now choose to visit favelas as part of their trip to try to immerse themselves in the gritty local culture. However, visiting a favela, particularly on your own, can be dangerous and travellers are advised never to enter a favela without a guide who is known and respected by the locals.

World Nomads shared tips about how to stay safe.


How much does a trip to Rio de Janeiro cost?

Cost of Traveling in Rio de Janeiro

Ruth Rieckehoff writes in detail about the traveling costs. We highly recommend this article as she discusses how comfort and safety should factor into your decision.

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Safety in Rio

How to Stay Safe in Rio: Tips to Know Before You Go

Street crime is hardly limited to the city; so it’s important to be just as cautious and responsible as you would in any large urban area. Stay alert and use the Travel Channels helpful safety tips when visiting this tropical playground.

How I Stayed Safe While Traveling in Rio de Janeiro

Jennifer Huber shares the steps she took to stay safe while in Rio.

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Leave a comment below. What are your favourite things to do in Rio de Janeiro!

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27 thoughts on “Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro – Sunday Spotlight”

  1. Rio is such a magnificent city. I think it is the most beautiful city in the world! There are views nearly everywhere in this city and walking around, soaking it all in was my favourite thing to do. Otherwise the big three are all mentioned above – Christ the Redeemer, the famous Copacabana beach and the favela tour (thanks for the mention!). My husband also LOVED hang gliding over the city. This has to be one of the best places to give this a go!

    1. You’re not the first person to say it’s the most beautiful city Sharon. Happy to feature your post amongst the others, and these tips will come in very handy when we ourselves first visit Rio.

  2. I have been to Rio only once and it rained almost the whole time I was there. Such a beautiful city, though, and I’m looking forward to going back someday. Thanks for sharing all these great resources!

  3. I am brazilian but i live in Florianopolis; let me sugest other beachs like Ipanema and Leblon because Copacabana is kind of ” for turists only” and gay friendly.

  4. Great collections of resources on this city … I’m sure those headed to the World Cup later this year would appreciate seeing a post like this!

  5. Great wrap up! I’ve been living in Rio de Janeiro for the past two months and I still don’t feel like I’ve scratched the surface on all the great things this Rio has to offer. Things are getting more expensive for World Cup anticipation and certain favelas are facing tough times because of the pacification initiatives, but it’s still one of the most amazing places on this planet. Thank you for the information!

  6. Mahalo for featuring my photos and article on this wrap up! Rio is one of my favorite cities in the world. I have been there twice now and would go back this moment if presented the opportunity. Hope you all make it there someday!

  7. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most eye-catching locations in the world. For its architecture, beaches, galleries, museums, vibrant nightlife and superb cuisines, it is remarked as one of the most energetic cities to have as a travel destination in the world.

  8. Hey, love the article! And now, a couple of years on, it’s way cheaper to come to Rio! The Brazilian Real to the dollar and pound have dropped loads so things are way cheaper! I moved to Rio a couple of years ago and absolutely love the city, I can’t see how another city could be as beautiful, it’s stunning! Everyone should visit Rio at least once in their lives! I’ve met loads of tourist who didn’t have a clue what to see or do so I decided to make a website to explain everything! Check out the Rio Vibe at for everything Rio!

  9. Copacabana beach is the most famous but is not the best one. I recommend Barra da Tijuca and Grumari beaches. They are not so crowded and the water has a better quality.

    You can’t miss the sunset at Arpoador/Ipanema!

  10. I am Brazilian. And I can tell you that Brazil is very beautiful. There are countless fantastic places, the Rio de Janeiro is one of them …
    Northeast and South are the favorites of all. When you have the opportunity to come to the south of Brazil, in Florianopolis, know the “Beach of the English”.

    I look forward to other articles of Brazil.

    Happy travels.

  11. We haven’t been to Rio de Janeiro yet! But husband would love to go! My favourite is the photo I always see of the view over the city! (I think from Christ the Redeemer). Have you guys been up there? Would it be suitable to go up to that viewpoint with 3 kids (one of whom is a wriggly baby) – not sure if it requires tricky climbing and if there is protection around the edges?

  12. Nothing better than reading an article that speaks of my Rio de Janeiro and how the song says “… Rio de Janeiro is still beautiful ..”

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