Rio is a wonderful place to be. The city has everything you can ask for.It has an amazing night life ,beautiful beaches and natural places that are near by.
South AmericaBrazil33 days / January 2020
Highs & Lows
Be careful with too much caipirihnia in Lapa
Tropical weather ,sometimes it rains a lot
- Rio de Janeiro
I arrived at Rio on the same day as the revellion party.It was on December 31 st of 2019. My reservation in mario's house on the favela of Santa Marta was an amazing experience to really get to know the heart of Rio.20 percent of the population in Rio lives there. Mario and his family received us on new years day. We couldn't miss the revellion party at Copacabana with the great fireworks. You also have to be very careful there. I don't recommend you take anything of value, just the money you want to spend on drinks and food.
Next day we went to Ipanema beach, in Rio you have buses or the metro (subway) that crosses the whole city.To go to Ipanema beach you can take the metro and get off at Ipanema station or Nossa senhora da paz.The sunset and sunrise at praia do arpoador is beautiful.
If you want to go to have a good time at night you need to go to Lapa.Is a bohemian neighborhood that has a big arc witch is called Arc of Lapa. You can take a taxi,uber or go by metro if you don't go too late.The metro station is cinelandia.There is the scales of selaron that is an artist work of art.
On tuesday museums are free in Rio.I visited the Rio Art Museum and the museum da amanha.That has a big and amazing architecture.You can get of on the Uruguaiana station.
- Arraial Do Cabo
Is a small city very close from Rio only two hours away,you can take a bus on the rodovaria that is a bus terminal.Or you can use the bla bla car app that is very commun and safe to use.It is also cheaper than the bus.You share a care with other people that need to go where you go.It is a very calm place with caribbean beaches, it is known as the Brazilian Caribbean. That water is transparent and very warm.It is one of the best places in Brazil to do snorkel and diving. The best beach for me was pontal do atalaia.But have other beaches like praihina and praia grande that are also very nice.In praia grande you can have a great sunset.
It is a very small town that is three hours from Rio.You have to go first to Rio das Ostras and then to Sana.If you like mountains, rivers ,waterfalls and shooting stars you must go there. It is a very hippie town where the people can be very peaceful and warm. You have the cachoeiras of Sana, which are five large waterfalls. You can also have the experience of cucumelo. It is a fungus that grown in the grass, you must ask first and watch videos and read about that before trying it. It could be a healing experience in a magical place in peace with nature.
Next to ipanema beach is the vigidal favela.You can take a moto from outside the favela to the entrance of morro dois irmaos and back later.Is a free walk about two hours where you can see Rio in a way never seen.You should go early in the morning or not to late at the afternoon.Don't worry is a place full of tourist and people that live there are helpful.
A place where you can try the best Acai (asai) ever.Is a fruit that grows in Brasil that is made icecream. You can eat the best sea food and do diving or snorkel.There are also boats in praia do Anjos that takes you to do that or to other beautiful beaches around like Pontal do Atalaia that for me is the best.You can also go walking there ,it takes you like an hour from Praia do Anjos.
The mountains will be with you or you with them. The town is small but very beautiful.If you like watching stars is a good place to be at. You can see shooting stars all the time.You have a big rock on the tip of a mountain.The myth is that aliens put it there.You can also try magican mushrums that are call cucumelo.
The best place to go is the cachoeiras do sana, is a natural park where you can be with five great waterfalls.
Q & A
What would you have changed?I would maybe spend less time in Rio because is a intense city and go more to Arraial do cabo that is a safer and calm place
Anything go wrong during the trip?Not really
Restaurant recommendations?The food is bittersweet, the sea food is very good
Tips you would give a friend?Take sun glasses , a hat and water everytime yo go out.It can be very hot
Packing tips?Don't take winter or heavy clothing
Transportation Tips?In rio use the metro everytime you can, is easy to read and you won't get lost
Any surprises?Just good ones
Booking details?I used booking for some hostels but you can get a cheaper price if you look by booking but go to check it out for yourself