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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Endless activities

    People here are quite friendly. Plenty of English speakers willing to help. The weather was really near perfect for most of my stay. People are always out and doing something. I didn't have one bad experience involving any kind of danger

    Insider Tip:Take a favela tour. It's not what you think

  • 20%

    elielsouz7121

    DANGER

    Rio is DANGEEEERRRRRR, IS IM-POS-SI-BLE you go to rio and dont loose somethig really important Or your passport, mobile, or ID, or goods important

    Insider Tip:Rio is DANGEEEERRRRRR, IS IM-POS-SI-BLE you go to rio and dont loose somethig really important Or your passport, mobile, or ID, or goods important

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    The best!

    Awesome environment, great and helpful staff, awesome location, amazing drinks, incredible breakfast!

    Insider Tip:If you don't wanna party, you may wanna find another place a bit quieter.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    City of RIO

    We spent most of our time on the beach so I would recommend staying in the area of Ipanema. Take the hike up to Christ the redeemer. Learn the bus system. Take a taxi at night.

    Insider Tip:Take a trip to Paratay and rent a boat for a day. To save money eat at the cafeterias where they sell you food by the kilo.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A city well worth taking the time to explore

    Rio lives up to its expectation, there is so much to do in this city and such a variety of places to visit, stay and eat. To truly appreciate and get to know the real Rio you need to visit different areas, and if possible stay in different areas, make sure you go to the buzzing bars in Lapa, explore the shops and streets of Santa Theresa, go to Ipanema beach as well as Copacobana for a nicer beach and nicer drinking and eating options. Loved my time in Rio, will return for sure!

    Insider Tip:Ask your hostel or look online for the directions to the most amazing view in Rio. Atop the mountain above the Vidigal favela, which you can see from Ipanema beach. Despite what people think, this is a safe, pacified favela, you take an exhilerating moto taxi to the top and then follow a trail to the top of the mountain where you have a view down one side over Rio's biggest favela, and the other side looking over rio with only a handful of other independent travelers.

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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