Hola meninhas! Todo bem?! Back from Brazil, I wanted to share with you my express stay in Rio De Janeiro, for my friend Glawdys birthday. It’s just the 5th time I set foot there, now they even ask me the way in the street, I pass for a real Carioca (= resident of Rio) especially when I’m tanned hahaha!
If a stop in this town maravilhosa tempts you, here is the top 5 things to do in Rio De Janeiro in 72 hours ! I would add that all this is possible over 2/3 days provided you are at least organized 😉
1/ Drink a caipirinha on Copacabana beach
As soon as the suitcases have been put down at the apartment or the hotel, the first thing I advise you to do is to go sunbathe in Copacabanaand accompanied by a caipi Where guarana fresh is even better! Once installed on your deckchair you will not need to move, drink, food, bikinis, sarongs, sun creams, jewellery, etc… Everything comes to you! Here’s something to recharge the batteries after a long flight and get in the mood.
Metro: Siqueira Campos, 3 blocks from the beach.
2/ Admire the view of all of Rio from the Pão De Açúcar
When evening comes, why not climb to the top of the Pao De Acúcar to admire the splendid sunset over Rio? It will be a perfect option to spend a quiet evening after a long flight and to be amazed! The phrase ” cidade maravilhosa » (= marvelous city) thus takes on its full meaning, the sky in Rio becomes orange-pink, with violet nuances during sunset, it’s a magical spectacle! This is my favorite place in Rio, although very touristy and not cheap I don’t mind doing it again every time.
The easiest way to get there is to take an Uber, there is no metro nearby.
2/ Swim in Ipanema and buy your Brazilian bikini
The next day, head for the famous beaches ofIpanema and Leblon! Then you will tell me if you are rather Ipanema or Copacabana. To find out, you have to test these two main beaches of Rio Sud! For my part, I am 1000% Ipanema! I love the view of the mountain, and when the tide goes down and gives way to small natural pools of crystal clear water (photo below)! It’s a really adorable, peaceful and chic neighborhood, with many trendy places and good restaurants, it’s not uncommon to see local stars there. It’s also an opportunity to go shopping, treat yourself to a collection of bikinis, bring back sarongs as souvenirs, and go for a walk to the Ipanema hippie market. To end the day in style, the sunset over Ipanama from theArpoador is always a good idea 🙂
Metro Ipanema / General Osório.
4/ Say hello to the Corcovado and the Tijuca Forest monkeys
the Corcovado overlooks the city, you will see it every day, finally if the sky is clear! Be careful in case of overcast weather, it is quite possible not to see it even at the top, it often has its head in the clouds! So be sure to choose your day for this excursion. For information, the little train can be taken at Cosmo Velho. This time I admired it from the Vista Chinesa which offers an absolutely sublime panoramic view of Rio. Then if you like nature, you can walk in the Floresta Da Tijuca, and see very greedy little monkeys! To refresh yourself, there is a pretty waterfall to see, but you have to climb quite a bit! To finish, or to start depending on, I advise you to come and recharge your batteries at the Jardim Botanico of Rio, it is one of the most beautiful in the world.
To get there, I recommend the Uber option, or walking from the botanical garden for the more adventurous.
5/ Visit the charming district of Santa Teresa and go out in Lapa
A little far from the beaches of Rio Sud, the northern area of Rio has many surprises in store for you. Do not hesitate to go there for an afternoon to visit the picturesque district of Santa Teresa. Warning: bring good walking shoes because it goes up! Capture your time in Rio on the stairs Selaron, it is even possible to obtain a cement tile with your photo integrated, rather nice as a souvenir! In the evening, it’s party time in the street and under the arches of Lapa ! Many small houses sell delicious caipi, tapioca and churrasco, the food is good and cheap (5 reais for the caipirinha and 10 for the tapioca from memory). The area is populated by bars and night clubs, with different atmospheres: from samba to funk via electro, you will surely find something to suit you! I don’t have a night photo because I was too busy dancing!
Metro Cinelandia, about 5 minutes walk.
So ! I hope you liked my article about making a stopover in Rio and especially made you want to spend a few days there! Beijing ♥