Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is probably one of the most famous beach cities in the world. It has been the subject of many songs, has the largest carnival parade in the entire world, and is viewed as the epitome of paradise. Rio de Janeiro is a very dreamy place and has so much to offer for those who visit. You get the setting of insanely stunning nature, amazing nightlife, and traditional Brazilian food that no one can resist. If you’re considering taking a trip, use this guide to make sure you do everything possible in Rio.
What to Do
Of course, Rio is known for the famous beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana, but there are so many others that are waiting for you in Rio. One of the newly discovered beaches is called Praia de Secreto, which literally means Secret Beach. Located in the west of the city, this beach is great because not only do you have the sea in front of you, but you have natural pools of water that are warm and perfect for relaxing.
Rio is well known for the giant statue of Christ called Christ the Redeemer. It is actually now considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, so obviously a must-see. You can reach the statue that is now almost 100 years old either by train, a van, or hiking the trail! If you do decide to hike though, try not to bring many valuable things with you as there have been muggings in the past.
After you see Christ the Redeemer, stop at the Santa Teresa neighborhood. There are bright, colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, and a very artsy feeling. There is also a famous set of steps called the Escadaria Selaron, which are truly a work of art. Wander the streets and you can still find local artists and artisans where you can pick up something special to commemorate your trip and support local businesses.
Although Rio is known for its nature and activities, don’t miss out on going to the downtown area! Praca 15 de Novembro is a square the holds the colonial history of the city. This is the spot where the Portuguese royal family first landed in the city and has loads of gorgeous imperialist architecture, as well as museums and political buildings.
Food and Nightlife
There are many places to go out in Rio, but one of the famous spots is the Lapa neighborhood. There are many bars and clubs there that give you the feeling that you’re in carnival all year round.
Food-wise, you cannot leave Brazil without trying fejioada. This bean and pork stew is so delicious and hearty, and will definitely fill you up after a long day of site seeing. The best place to get it in the city is the Academia de Cachaca where it is served very traditionally with all the fixings. This joint is also well known for its cachaca, as told by the name, so be sure to get a shot of it alongside your meal, or better yet, order one of their famous caipirinhas.