Rio De Janeiro tips

It’s been 6 months since I visited Rio De Janeiro and with the World Cup just around the corner, I wanted to give some tips for those who are actually lucky enough to be going!

First of all, Rio is an incredibly beautiful city. In fact, it was the most stunning view I’ve seen when landing.

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The lights were sparkling like nothing I had ever seen before. It looked amazing but don’t be fooled – Rio De Janeiro isn’t called one of the most dangerous cities in the world for no reason.

Writing purely from my own experience (knowing many people who had a great time), it definitely is a place where you need to watch your back so be safe. I have put together a simple list of tips which don’t include the usual:
* Don’t walk on the beach after 8PM.
* Keep your valuables safe and out of sight.
* Keep emergency money hidden on you.
I trust that you are all street wise…

DO:
* Learn some Portuguese before you go, this is my number one advice. Just learn the basics at least because you can not really get by with much English in Brazil. Whilst a lot of people increasingly speak English, especially with the upcoming World Cup and Olympic games, they greatly appreciate and respect foreigners who attempt to speak their language.
* Book a tour – when in Rio, visit the usual attractions like Copacabana beach, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Botanic gardens etc. All of the main attractions can be seen in one day so the best option is to book a tour with a reputable company. Good tours with reviews can be found on Viator: http://www.viator.com/rio-de-janeiro/d712-ttd?pref=02&aid=g2344

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* Utilize the locals if you know any. They know the city and will keep you out of tourist traps.
* Stay in a hostel – if you do not speak the language and do not know anyone there it is very easy to feel isolated. During the World Cup I’m sure this will not be the case though but hostels are always a great way to meet new people.
* Pay attention to the numbered posts along the three main beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Each post has a different crowd, you will notice.
* Watch the sunset at Arpoador rocks: the area where Ipanema meets Copacabana.

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* Visit the following restaurants/bars/cafes:
Togu, Leblon – The best sushi in Rio in my opinion. In fact, this place served the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life. Coming from a sushi fanatic, that says a lot.
Felice Cafe, Ipanema – A small cafe that offers very fresh and healthy food and has the best staff I encountered in Rio.
Sushi Leblon – Rio’s equivalent of Zuma in London, Japanese food for the young and trendy.
Confeitaria Colombo, Lapa – An extremely cute cafe in downtown with a great selection of delicious fresh pastries and good coffee.
Stuzzi Bar, Leblon – A small but very lively and trendy bar.
Rio Scenarium, Lapa – The best samba place in Rio.
Lapa Street Party – A weekly Friday street party. Be safe and you will have a great time for sure. Don’t forget to arrange your transport back in advance.

NOTE: If you are desperate for some English speaking companions (which I’m sure during the World Cup you won’t be, but just in case):
Shenanigans, Ipanema – Irish Pub and sports bar.
Gringo cafe, Ipanema – the name says it all.

Be safe, enjoy the World Cup and have fun in Rio!

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2 Comments

  1. August 20, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Wow…the night view looks beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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