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, 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).

  • 90%


    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!

  • 80%


    Party in RIO

    The best city to party in Brazil , i loved people, parties, food, everything but too much traffic jam, terrible.One day to go to Cristo Redentor, one day to visit Pao do Açucar , so organize your time and wake up early, traffic jam is terrible you lose a lot of tome

  • 70%


    Awesome place

    Green Culture make 'mingh sedundo casa' during the World Cup. Pablo, Junior and the crew there are a fantastic group - and make you feel incredibly welcome. Their place is high up in the pacified favela of Chapeu Mangueira - but don't worry, you'll always feel safe. Great places to eat nearby, and always something interesting happening. Most of all: I will miss the company of Pablo and the lads - great soulful people. Cheers, Ben (from NZ).

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    Be careful and have fun

    try to travel in small groups to not get robbed. dont act drunk or stupid. respect everyone. to get to terminal, use the blue bus rodovaria rio novo from Botofago, Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. for R$10, it gets you there in an air conditioned bus. metro is good too. watch where you put your stuff in your jeans/shorts. visit Christo early to avoid long lines. same for Sugar Loaf. dont act like a tourist and you wont stand out.

    Insider Tip:pack light. plan your stays ahead if youre traveling on a busy time.

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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