Rio De Janeiro

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It is safe to say that Rio De Janeiro is one of the most vibrant and buzzing cities in the world. The city has stunning views, sandy beaches and, most famously, a great party atmosphere. Of course travellers come far and wide to experience the energy of the Rio Carnival.

The city is resided over by the 30 meter tall Christ the Redeemer Statue. Almost from any street in the city you will be able to see this iconic art deco structure. Take the trail up Corcovado Mountain to see the statue up close and experience the breath-taking views of the city.

Highlights

We asked Flavia, our local host from Rio, what she loved most about her city. This is what she had to say:

‘You know what I love most about Rio, the vibe and the energy and how casual people are (in a good way).

It doesn’t matter the way that you dress your sexual preference, nothing matters, you will always feel welcome here. On the beaches at Rio you’ll see the very rich and the very poor all in the same area, but you can’t really tell who is rich or not. People are not concerned about your appearance, people are concerned about you.

We leave the beach in bikinis and go into the city just wearing that, nobody cares. You see elderly men in their 70s with just speedos on and they will just walk down the street, even three blocks away from the beach. They will leave their homes in their speedos and they will head to the beach wearing only this and it is perfectly normal. Nobody will look at them and think they are crazy.

No one will judge you or look at you funny. This is what I think I like the most.’

When is the best time to go?

According to Flavia, our local host, these are the best times to visit:

Well first of all you need to note that our summer is opposite to your summer. When we have summer, you have winter. Many international travellers will aim to visit during our summer months, but I would advise against that because the average temperature will sit around 40 degrees.

I think that this is too hot to do much more than spend time at the beach which would be a shame to miss out on exploring the city. The best times to come to Rio would be April to June. This is when we have autumn, the days are beautiful and it’s hot but not too hot. Perhaps maximum 30 degrees during this period which is still very enjoyable.

However, if you do want to experience carnival you will need to come during summer as it takes place on New Years Eve.

NotintheGuideBooks Tips

Tips from our local guide, Flavia:

Learn some Portuguese because not everyone speaks English. The main touristic areas will have English speakers, but it is best to learn a few phrases before you go. Most of the menus are in English which is helpful but to ensure you feel more comfortable, practice some Portuguese before you go.’

Try the food because Brazilian cuisine is very good. There is a large variety of cuisine as we have heritage from Portugal, Africa, India and we have such a fusion of foods.’

Come with an open mind. People are very nice here and will talk to you and try and help you. Also, we are a country still in development so be aware that public transport is very sporadic. Be prepared to wait.’

The best way to get around would be to walk. Although Rio is a very big city the main touristic attractions tend to be in walking distance. For example, around the Copacabana area. You could also cycle. For the more far away areas such as Downtown I would suggest taking the metro.’

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