Rio de Janeiro is a vital city, with an overflowing nature, with dreamlike beaches and wonders such as the Sugar Loaf or the Christ Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain.
When to travel? Where to stay? Where to eat?… These answers and some more doubts you can solve in our 10 tips that you should consider before traveling to Rio de Janeiro.
- When is the best time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro? As it is in a tropical zone, any time of the year is good to visit. However, the best dates are between December and February, as it corresponds to the summer, year-end parties and the exuberant “Rio de Janeiro Carnival”.
- Travel time. With 2-3 days is enough to know the most typical of Rio de Janeiro. At this time you can visit: the Sugar Loaf, the Christ of Corcovado, the Maracana stadium and the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.
- How to get to Rio de Janeiro? As it is an international destination of first order, you can reach both directly from the main European capitals as an indirect way through Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Miami, New York, etc…
- Where to stay?The 2 tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro par excellence are Ipanema and Copacabana. The first is somewhat more expensive and is considered safer than Copacabana. However, Copacabana has more atmosphere and from its beach you can see the Sugar Loaf. You can also choose the neighborhood of Leblon, which is the upper-class neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It is not so touristy, but it has good shops, restaurants and pubs.
- Where to eat? As with hotels, there are many options to eat depending on your tastes and budget. Along the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema you can find beach bars where you can have a beer (R$ 7), some cold coconut or food of the type of hamburgers, pizza or fried fish. Likewise, throughout the Atlantic Avenue you can find many restaurants where you can have lunch or dinner fish and meats in the typical Rodizio style (R$ 100-120).
- What clothes to wear? Wear comfortable and light clothing to withstand temperature and humidity. In addition, as it is a tropical climate, it can rain in a torrential way in a matter of minutes, so it also wears a raincoat or waterproof clothing. Remember also not to bring objects that attract attention: watches, chains, bracelets, etc … Do not go with fear, go with caution.
- Security. The level of security in the city has worsened in recent years. During the day you can move in peacefully, but without neglecting, for the safest neighborhoods: Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, as well as the tourist areas of Christ of Corcovado and Pan de Azúcar. At night move in a taxi, better than a formal company and do not have tinted glass. It is also not recommended to go for walks on the beach at night.
- Cycling. The city has a bike path to cycle along the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, as well as the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. Do not miss the opportunity, rent a bicycle (R$ 10-15/hour) and enjoy the visit to the city in a different way.
- Do rappel in the Sugar Loaf. There are several mountain groups that rappel on the hill of Urca, on the first level of the cable car that takes you to the top of the Sugar Loaf. If you want to do this activity in this spectacular place, contract it in advance with one of the adventure agencies in Rio de Janeiro.
- Tour in the slums (favela). There are several agencies that offer you a tour of the slums (favela). During this visit you will see how the workers and drug traffickers live there. That is why they will not let you record or take pictures in certain parts of the tour. We did not do it because we did not like the idea of paying a money that would go in part to the drug traffickers, who impose their laws in the slums (we know of this tour by friends who work in Brazil and who did).
We hope that these tips have solved your doubts and help you to plan your trip.
If you want to know more, we leave you as a reference our experience in this wonderful city.
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