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

  • 80%


    RIO is beautiful

    the weather is beautiful, people are friendly, fresh fruit and juice everywhere along the beaches, Be very careful around the city center at night it is seedy and dangerous, stay out all day and at night stay along teh well lit safer beach areas.

    Insider Tip:take the bus youncan get from the beach form13.50'Real to the domestic or international airport DO NOT spend anymore money. Its airconditioned huge comfy bus.

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    Must visit city in South America

    Rio de janeiro is for people who enjoy beaches, and/or the outdoors. Hang on the beach, go zip lining, visit all the mountains, and go hangglidding.

    Insider Tip:Don't be afraid to take public transportation. It will save you so much money. Metro was super easy to figure out.

  • 100%


    Beautiful City!

    Always when i come to Rio i feel refreshened!! What an atmosphere!! I wish i was here during the World Cup!

    Insider Tip:VEry nice place, a bit expensive but nothign to really worry about

  • 70%


    Rio de Janeiro one of the best places in the world

    Beautiful city, always good weather, many tourist spots, always something new to do or discover the in the city

    Insider Tip:see sunset at Arpoador, drink a caipirinha at Copacabana beach, take a tour favela, spend one night in Lapa!! Rio is a must see city!!

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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.

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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