City Guide Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting Rio de Janeiro

Brazil and South America’s most famous city is best known as the world’s biggest party city. Once a year it comes to a standstill and the carnival takes over. And no matter where you are in the city you can see the Corcovado (Statue of Christ).

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Rio de Janeiro - Home of the 'favela'

Marcelo Armstrong, founder of 'Favela Tour', Rio de Janeiro's original favela tour, speaks to Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty to explain what a 'favela' is, why he decided to start the tour, and that there are many positive aspects to them and not just negative ones.

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How to save money in Rio de Janeiro

If your funds are low when in Rio de Janeiro, and you want to save money by doing free things and more, watch our video presented by our editor Colm Hanratty.

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Rio de Janeiro City Reviews

  • 80%


    it's okay but not more

    living in a safe favela. It can be reached after a hill and 143 steep stairs - super exhausting! staff was nice and helped us with the tours and taxi. They speak good english. Hard to get in contact with other guests, because the common area is 21 steps away in a different house. The common area and kitchen were quite dirty with a lot of ants and cockroaches. Dorms and private bathroom are clean but simple. very few breakfast - just toast, no self-service. Good party initiation & organisation!

  • 80%


    A magical city

    Options is the best part about Rio. There are so many places to eat, lots of amazing beaches, tons of beach vendors and so many people there to become friends with. Would highly recommend coming to this city and experiencing the magic of the landscape and the carioca people themselves!

    Insider Tip:Helicopter ride over Rio -- so worth it! Ask your hostel about public transportation -- it is easy, usually air conditioned, and very cheap!

  • 70%


    Perfect place to get lost for days

    I initially planned only 2 nights in Rio. I saw most of the sightseeing places in 2 days. However, with all the partying going on, you need more than that so I extended my stay to 5 nights. The beaches are very nice during the week days, but on the weekends it get very crowded. Getting around is very easy when you are in Copacabana. if you're going somewhere in groups, it's about the same price to take a taxi.

  • 80%


    Rio de Janeiro

    Rio is a must have seen if you go to Brazil. Although it has all this touristy stuff to visit it is totally worth it! The city center is as nice as the beach side is. There is a place for everyone to enjoy!

    Insider Tip:try to get to the Christ without having half of it hidden in clouds. If you have time climb the mountains los heramanas and enjoy the view!

  • 50%


    Rio 2015

    Rio is one of my favourite cities: fantastic atmosphere, loads to see e.g Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema. Weather is amazing too and the locals are really friendly.

    Insider Tip:The best time to take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain is just before sunset, this is the best time to take photos. Also when planing to go and see Christ I would definitely recommend hiking up, it's a bit missions but the feeling when you reach the top is amazing and makes it well worth it.

Brazil: Itinerary

While Asia has for years been the most popular continent on the planet for backpacking, over the last decade South America has fast been speeding up every traveller’s ‘to-do list’. And in particular, due to its size, cities and diversity, Brazil has climbed to the top of everybody’s South America list. While it isn’t the capital, Rio de Janeiro is where most people begin their journey.

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