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.
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.
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.
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 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
Rio de Janeiro is home to more than a dozen beaches. There’s the song-worthy Copacabana and Ipanema; the bayside Botafogo beach, which makes up for its small size with an impressive view of Sugarloaf Mountain; and Arpoador beach, where a rock jutting over the water provides the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
If you don’t want to look like an obvious tourist on the beaches of Rio, follow these three tips to blend in with the locals.
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
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.
Sharon had always wanted to do a tour through a favela but had been worried that it would be like being herded through a zoo. In this post, she shares her experience exploring the Rocinha favela.
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.
There is a dark side to Rio de Janeiro which is hard to miss: at the heart of the city, on the slope of the its mountains, lies some of the poorest neighborhoods of South America, the favelas. It is one of the biggest gap between poor and rich people on the planet and yet crossing a street is enough to go from one side to another.
Maxime, from Traveling Coder, shares his experience going on a favela tour.
How much does a trip to Rio de Janeiro cost?
Josh Eaton provides a breakdown of his 12 days in Brazil by category.
Their budget was set at $80 per day for two people. They expected to spend more than the goal average for the trip. They found an interesting way to keep themselves under budget, but still ended up going over.
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.
Places to eat in Rio de Janeiro
Menus in Rio overflow with dishes based on grilled meats, black beans and fried pockets of mild cheese, all garnished with crispy pork fat.
You’ll have to dig around for some variety. Helen Anne Travis did the digging for you and created a list of her favorite Rio restaurants and bars, as well as tips on what to order.
10 Can’t-Miss Snacks in Rio de Janeiro
Bar food, street food, snack food, beach food—Rio de Janeiro thrives on snacks. And so will you, if you can find your way around the hundreds of baffling options. Find your favorites and sample them at many, many locations city-wide.
If you’re a foodie with flair, Rio is just for you. In this post, GQ Trippin shares their top 5 must-eat street foods.
Safety in Rio
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.
Jennifer Huber shares the steps she took to stay safe while in Rio.
Helen Anne Travis was there for five nights. Aside from those four hours she was trapped in a sushi restaurant during a national protest, her trip was delightfully incident-free.
Maybe it was luck. Or maybe Rio’s not the big, bad place your “well-intended acquaintances” will have you believe.
More Resources for Rio de Janeiro
Check out these helpful travel guides:
- Top 10 Rio de Janeiro (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)
- National Geographic Traveler: Rio de Janeiro
- Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor
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