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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    My friend and I went to 3 cities; Sao Paulo, Manaus (for the amazon) and Rio de Janeiro. Rio was definitely our favorite! It had that city feel with the shopping and nightlife, but it also had the beach. The views of the city are also so beautiful from the beaches and mountains. I would 100% come back here.

    Insider Tip:Rio is a little more pricey of a city in Brasil, but definitely worth it.

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    Rio the most amazing city on earth

    Love this city. Great weather, amazing beaches;, beautiful vistas, great nightlife, friendly locals. Need to spend at least 3 weeks here.

    Insider Tip:Learn some Portuguese before you go. English is limited and the locals are keen to talk.

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    crazy city

    stay at least 4 days and do your best to go early and stay late in the surge laof ( best view by far of the city) party hard in LAPA in the weekend a MUST swim in Ipanema beach cooler than Copacabana beach

    Insider Tip:go to the suger laof weekdays it's cheaper ;)

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    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

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    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

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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