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

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    Rio in "Winter"

    Is a great time to go to Rio if you're not fan of huge crouds, you still can go to the beaches and swim in them. There is a lot of night activity. A bit expensive compared to other cities in south america.

    Insider Tip:- Take the national library free guided visit. Excellent historical review. - Visit the "Teatro Municipal", a very beatiful place - To go to other cities check the price to fly, it can be cheaper than the bus. - Visit Santa Teresa, there is a very beautiful place to see the city and to have lunch. - There are few exchange houses, in Copacabana and the international airport are the main ones.

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    Great City

    Rio is a world class city to visit and is a lot safer than it used to be. It has however lost a lot of its edgy charm since my last visit in 2009. My feeling is that some of this will return following the completion of the 2016 Olympics.

    Insider Tip:If you want safety stay in Ipanema/ Leblon, if you want touristy stay in Copacabana and if you want party stay in Lapa.

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    Rio Review

    Rio is the epitome of a chillax holiday, unpretentious environment with beautiful people that like a drug, will call you to return again.... and again...and again.....

    Insider Tip:Too short for me to do any off the beaten track stuff but if you are from Asia and only know English, basic portuguese would definitely help in getting around or a translation dicitionary.

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    Rio, the city of everything

    Rio is amazing. There is so much to do and see, you will never be bored. Definitely check out all the touristy things, they may touristy but they are 100% worth your time and money. Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf were amazing! We learned how to play fotevolley, chilled on Copacabana and Ipanema beach, checked out Lapa for nightlife and ate at a lot of good restaurants. Porcao is a good one if you want churrasco (100 reals but very good selection and large buffet for salads/sushi).

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    Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

    I have traveled to many countries and have been in fantastic cities! In my opinion Rio de Janeiro is among the most beautiful cities in the world! I'm suspect to say this to be Brazilian, but if you want to confirm what I say, come to a paradise called Rio!

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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