Vibrant, loud city, a lot to offer
Rio is definitely the loudest city I have visited in south America; always music and people aren't embarrassed to sing and dance in public. Despite bad press regarding safety, I felt safe during my 4 week stay over carnival. No one tried to rob me. Each time I was lost (which was a lot of the time), people would volunteer their support in directing you. Hard to find info on transport and activities, but always a lot happening, mostly spontaneous
Insider Tip:Add an extra 20 minutes onto your expected travel time if catching the bus. Metro is better during peak hours, the roads are really busy around 5-7pm. spontaneous music, dancing or 'classes' on impanema beach after 5pm. Per kilo resturants are a great way to try local food. you have a buffet to choose from and pay by the weight. average Copacabana was 55Reals per kilo, Felini in Leblon is delicious but 72R per Kg. Pricier than other countries and cities in south America . haggle. It will rain , umbrella.