Free Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

One of South America’s most popular destinations, Rio de Janeiro is, unfortunately, also one of the continent’s most expensive destinations. Restaurants, main attractions, hotels, even hostels can have sky-high prices in comparison to the rest of the region. The good news is that with year-round warm weather and natural beauty, the city offers tons of options for those on a budget, encompassing incredible beaches, parks and live music in public spaces. Here are some of the best free things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

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June 21, 2016 by
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Guide to Rio Beach Sports

It’s easy to see how a huge part of Rio’s culture revolves around its many miles of beaches, and local sports are no exception. Cariocas (locals of Rio) love to take advantage of their beautiful shoreline, and a wealth of sports have been created or adapted to fit the sands.

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May 23, 2016 by
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How to Drink Like a Local in Rio

Known internationally for its parties, Rio is a great place to go out for a beer or cocktail. However, drinking culture is different in Rio than it is in, say, the US, but with a few tips on what to drink where, you’ll fit in in no time!

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May 18, 2016 by
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How to Spend 3 Days in Rio

Three days in Brazil’s cultural capital may not seem like enough to take in the all the sun, sand, music and incredible scenery — but with some planning, you can experience a slice of what Rio has to offer in just a few days, before heading off to your next adventure. Here’s how to spend three days in Rio.

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May 16, 2016 by
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Food Lover’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro may not be known as a top gastronomic destination, but foodie’s rejoice over Brazilian cuisine’s use of exotic ingredients and its juicy steaks and fresh seafood dishes which borrow ingredients from both the country’s European and African roots. Eating in Rio is not like say, Paris, where it feels as if any restaurant you walk into will likely be delicious. But with some local knowledge and recommendations from this food lover’s guide to Rio, you’ll get the best of the city’s food scene.

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March 30, 2016 by
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18 Essential Local Experiences in Rio de Janeiro

Cariocas (residents of Rio) are known for taking advantage of all their city has to offer, from the year-round warm weather to the beautiful shoreline, incredible music scene and wealth of parks and open spaces. Want to experience Brazil’s cultural capital and its stunning landscape like the locals? Once you’ve checked off the city’s top attractions, like Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf, try out these 18 essential local experiences in Rio de Janeiro.

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March 18, 2016 by
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Rio Beach Guide: Beyond Ipanema and Copacabana

Millions of beachgoers head to the famous shores of Ipanema and Copacabana every year. Tall apartment buildings and hotels rise above the sand at these iconic urban beaches, and tourists and locals alike fill up the shores daily. But it’s worth it to explore other parts of Rio’s expansive coastline, which include long white-sand beaches, fantastic views and nature reserves which make you feel as if you’re anywhere but a bustling urban metropolis. Experience the city’s lesser-known slices of paradise at these six Rio beaches.

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February 23, 2016 by
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Best Urban Hikes in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is where urban metropolis meets tropical jungle, dramatic mountains and white-sand beaches, making it one of the best places for urban hiking and climbing. Smack in the center of the city lies the Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban rainforest, with trails that afford some of the best views of Rio’s striking landscape. Explore this nature-lover’s haven within the city on one of these six urban hikes in Rio de Janeiro.

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February 16, 2016 by
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Gay Guide to Rio

Aside from its spectacular beaches, thrilling nightlife, and stunning landscape, Rio de Janeiro is also known as one of South America’s most gay-friendly destinations. Known for a laissez-faire attitude towards sexuality, especially during raucous events like Carnival, Rio is fabled for its cruisy hotspots and sensual atmosphere. Between its enormous Pride celebration, its salacious gay […]

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July 24, 2015 by
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The Story behind “The Girl From Ipanema”

One of the most iconic pieces of music ever written is forever associated with the Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro: “The Girl from Ipanema.” You know the one: Tall and tan and young and lovely The girl from Ipanema goes walking And when she passes, each one she passes Goes “Aaaaaah!” But do you know […]

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June 26, 2015 by
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