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Rio de Janeiro – City Guide

Rio de Janeiro – City Guide



May 17, 2018

I spent a week in Rio but I could have stayed there for 1 month, I LOVED it!

My first impression was not the right one, I didn’t understand the interest of this building bar from the 80s overlooking a popular beach. But taking the pulse of the city, you quickly realize the wealth and energy of this seaside town!

I spent only a week in Rio, but I think I could have stayed there for 1 month, as I LOVED it so much!

My first impression was not the right one, as I did not understand the interest of this block of buildings of the Eighties overlooking a popular beach. However, by taking the pulse of the city, you quickly realize how rich and energetic this seaside city is!

Rio Brazil Brazil Corcovado

10 things to do in Rio:

10 things to do in Rio:

1./ Chiller on the most famous beach in the world.

The first thing to do is of course to enjoy the most famous beach in the world: Copacabana. Street vendors, people running, surfers, pretty swimsuits, caipirinhas, it’s all there! On Copacabana it smells like sunshine, holidays and the sweetness of life.

1./ Chill on the world’s most famous beach.

The first thing to do is of course to enjoy the most famous beach in the world: Copacabana. Street vendors, people running, surfers, nice swimwear, caipirinhas, all is there! Copacabana has a nice atmosphere of sunshine, holidays and sweet life.

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana

2./ Go trekking above the favelas

We go up to the top of the mountains called “The two brothers” (Dos Hermanos) admire the view of Rio. To do this, take a taxi to the bottom of the pacified Vidigal favelas and then a motorcycle taxi that will take you to the top. Then 1 hour of walking and we are at the top.

2./Trekking over the favelas

We climbed until the top of the mountains called “Two brothers” (Dos Hermanos) to admire the view over the bay of Rio. To do so, take a taxi to the bottom of the peaceful Vidigal favelas, then jump into a motorcycle taxi that will take you all the way up. Walk an hour more to reach the top.

Rio Brasil Brazil Favelas visit

Rio Brazil Brazil Favelas visit dos hermanos

Rio Brazil Brazil Favelas visit dos hermanos

After the descent, lunch in a restaurant in the favela: Macaxeiras (ask the locals, it doesn’t exist anywhere on a map). For 12 real a buffet of vegetables and delicious meat is offered.

After going back down, have lunch in a restaurant in the favela: Macaxeiras (ask for it, as it does not exist on the map). A buffet of vegetables and delicious meat are available for 12 reals.

Rio Brazil Brazil Favelas visit dos hermanos

3./ Admire the sunset.

At the very top of the sugar loaf (Pao de Açúcar) at the end of the day, the view is splendid. For this you have to take 2 cable cars (30 minutes). Or on the rock between Copacabana and Ipanema. It’s my favorite spot. A drink a beer while eating a grilled corn.

3./ Admire the sunset.

Enjoy the splendid view from the top of the sugar loaf by the end of the day. Two telecabins (30 minutes) will take you up and down. Or on the rock between Copacabana and Ipanema This is my favorite spot to enjoy a beer and eat grilled corn.

Rio Brazil Brazil Favelas sugar loaf visit

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana beach

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana beach

4./ Fly over the city at Corcovado.

After a climb by a small train we are dominating the whole city at the foot of the famous Corcovado. On a clear day the view is breathtaking!

4./ Feel yourself flying in Corcovado.

Take a little train up and enjoy dominating the whole town at the foot of the famous Corcovado. The view by clear weather is breathtaking!

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana beach

Rio Brazil Brazil Copacabana beach

5./ Drown in meat.

Notice to meat lovers, you absolutely have to try a currascaria restaurant. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth doing once! I recommend with eyes closed Currascaria Palace which offers in addition to a buffet a dozen kinds of cut meat right before our eyes. We come out of it by rolling on the ground.

5./Drown yourself in meat.

Meat lovers should definitely try a currascaria restaurant. It is a little expensive but you should give it a try! I highly recommend the Currascaria Palace, which offers a buffet as well as a dozen of different sorts of meat cut right in front of you. You might come out of here by rolling on the ground!

6./ Refresh yourself.

In the city’s botanical garden. The place is rather pleasant and offers us a moment of calm near Lake Rodrigo de Freitas.

6./ Refresh yourself.

Discover the city’s botanical garden. The place is rather pleasant and offers us a moment of calm near the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

Rio Brazil Brazil Corcovado

Rio Brazil Brazil Corcovado

7./ Dance in the street.

HAS Pedro do Sal every Monday and Friday evening from 9 p.m. a band comes to play in the street. We dance, sing, drink and eat cheese skewers all over the place. One of my best evening memories.

7./Dance in the street.

In Pedro do Sal, every Monday and Friday evening from 9pm, a group comes to play in the street. People dance, sing, drink and eat cheese skewers in all directions. One of my best evening memories.

8./ Dance to rock n roll

In the club Bukowski which is actually a house rehabilitated into a club! The dj upstairs is EXCELLENT playing 80s rock I danced all night.

8./Dance to rock n roll

In the Bukowski club, club located in a rehabilitated house! The top DJ is EXCELLENT; he plays 80’s rock music. I danced all night long.

9./ Visit a favela.

At your own risk I’m not saying it’s 100% safe. We were obviously with a guide who knew everyone and learned about the evolution of the situation (still very tense) in real time from the inhabitants we met. I saw some pretty harsh things I do not recommend this tour for the faint of heart. However, the experience is totally enriching from a cultural and human point of view.

9./ Visit a favela.

At your own risk: I do not pretend it is 100% safe. We obviously chose a guide who knew everyone and got information on the evolution of the situation (always very tense) in real time from the inhabitants we were meeting. I have seen some pretty hard things: I do not recommend such a tour to sensitive souls. However, the experience is totally rewarding from a cultural point of view.

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

Rio Brazil Brazil favelas visit visit

10./ Visit the center

Santa Teresa district, Lapa with its famous stairs but also the street art of the famous Kobra.

10./ Visit the center

The famous colorful stairs and the Kobra street art.

To sleep : Walk on the beach hostel located 5 minutes from Copacabana.

It’s tiny, the beds are super super laid but you know everyone in the space of an evening which makes the place very endearing.

To sleep: Check the Walk on the beach hostellocated 5 minutes away from Copacabana.

It is tiny, you sleep in bunk beds (X3), but you will know everyone by the end of the evening, which gives a nice charm to this place.

For breakfast I have never eaten breads as varied and delicious as here: Pao & Companhia.

____________________________BRAZIL_I TINERAR Y________________________

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