Experience Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

By: Mariana Souza

Rio de Janeiro, the main city during the World Cup tournament this year, is now set to host the Olympic Games in 2016. When coming to Brazil, it is impossible to resist beautiful Rio and its long white sandy beaches. A tropical paradise in the middle of a buzzing city. Everyone has heard of places such as Copacabana, but Rio has much more to offer.

During the World Cup 2014, Brazil has proven to the world that we know how to host a good party, and that Brazilian hospitality is a charm that will make you want to come back. So why not book a trip to Rio de Janeiro? Scroll down to check a list with some of the things to do around Rio that will make a trip down here even better:

Stay in Barra da Tijuca

Barra is not thought to be the most conventional neighbourhood for tourists, considering it is not really close to the Maracanã Stadium or the Christ the Redeemer Statue. However, the area is safer and relatively cheaper than famous Copacabana and Ipanema. Also, its 18 km (about 11 mi) of clean beach attracts surfers and tan lovers.

From Barra you have an easy access to anywhere in Rio, since it has connections with the main avenues around the city. Public transportation is better than in other neighbourhoods, and they are about to launch a new subway line that will  improve things. The negative side is that walking is not always an alternative.

Moreover, if you are considering to come for the Summer Olympic Games, then staying in Barra da Tijuca is one of your best options. The neighbourhood is hosting most of the competition.


+People are more likely to speak English

+Barra is filled with clubs, bars, shopping malls, theatres, cinemas and other entertainment activities.

Love Nature

Rio has plenty of opportunities for nature and adventure lovers. Hike during the night (YES!) and watch the city wake up from Pedra da Gávea, and get a ride on a hang
glide on your way down.

Also, Rio is home to the World’s largest urban forest, the Tijuca Forest, and lagoons, such as Rodrigo de Freitas, where you can kayak and practice windsurf and stand up paddle.

Visit Ipanema

Ipanema is breathtaking! Nice  good-looking people, delicious food, warm atmosphere and great parties! The sunset at the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world! Locals clap their hands when the sun goes down!

Hidden Spots: Joatinga, Prainha and Grumari

These three beaches are considered to be Rio’s jewels. The water is crystal clear, the waves are perfect, they are never packed and there are no urban noises to disturb you.

Be Social, Make Friends

Sincerely, Brazilians really love making new friends! So whenever you come here, don’t be afraid to ask if you can join that footvolley match at the beach or a chat at a bar.


Everyone worries about security when coming to Rio de Janeiro. The city is known to be dangerous. My advice is: use common sense! Don’t go to a favela (slum) at 3 am or flash diamonds! Just like any other big city there are risks, but freaking out won’t help.

Also, it is not as dangerous as it used to be. There are a lot of things to improve, but progress is evident! And you won’t really miss out on the places you should avoid the most.

Be Updated & Plan Ahead

Parties, festivities, football games, expositions, all can make your stay in the Wonderful City more pleasant! Make sure to check the current events and the weather to enjoy the best of Rio.


That’s it! To shorten the list and make things easier for you, check the link below to see a variety of places to eat, stay and hang out around Rio de Janeiro (my top picks)!

Rio de Janeiro (my top picks)

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