Category: Things To Do

Food Lover’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro

March 30, 2016

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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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18 Essential Local Experiences in Rio de Janeiro

March 18, 2016

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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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Rio Beach Guide: Beyond Ipanema and Copacabana

February 23, 2016

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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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Best Urban Hikes in Rio de Janeiro

February 16, 2016

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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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Gay Guide to Rio

July 24, 2015

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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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Christmas in Rio

December 5, 2014

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Christmastime in Brazil happens at the height of summer, and from sizzling beaches to one-of-a-kind shopping to holiday parties, there is no place hotter than Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the season. This year, the Marvellous City boasts the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, perched atop Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and standing the equivalent of […]

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Exploring Centro

November 7, 2014

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In-the-know visitors to Rio de Janeiro often venture into the more central districts when they want a bohemian afternoon of alfresco dining in Santa Teresa or a night of samba-fueled debauchery in Lapa. But between all-day beach bumming and adventure sports in the area, it’s easy to forget that downtown Rio — called Centro — offers a mix of history and culture that can only be found in what was once the only imperial European capital in the Americas. Here are a few treasures.

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Boating Excursions in Rio

October 10, 2014

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Boating on the Rio

While the charms of Rio de Janeiro often keep visitors anchored to its famous beaches and samba clubs, one of the best ways to discover the Marvelous City is from the water. Between the boisterous surf of the South Atlantic and the stillness of vast Guanabara Bay, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coastal ambiance, discover nearby beaches, and see the many sides of Rio and the surrounding landscape.

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Things to Do in Barra da Tijuca

September 12, 2014

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Barra da Tijuca

Yes, Ipanema and Copacabana might be the better-known of Rio de Janeiro’s beach-side districts, but Barra da Tijuca – on the western edge of Zona Sul – is making a name for itself on the tourist circuit. With the headquarters of the 2016 Olympic Games, plus two major Brazilian TV networks based in the neighborhood, the area has sprouted a quickly diversifying shopping and dining scene that has silenced the disparaging remarks about Barra being a bad copy of Miami. Oh, there’s also that incredibly long, clean, tranquil beach – with excellent surf – that beckons even some of the die-hard Ipanemans when that beach gets a little too crowded.

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Staying with Locals in a Rio Favela

August 29, 2014

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Walking the busy streets of Rocinha photo courtesy of NESRI via Flickr

Rio de Janeiro, known as the ‘marvellous city’ and the most popular of Brazilian destinations, is also a city of contrasts. The city’s favelas – translatable into English as slums, shanty towns or ghettos – sit on hilltops overlooking the most expensive real estate in South America.

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