I was nervous about going to Rio de Janeiro as I’d heard many a horror story but how silly that was – I loved it!
My first tip would be to stay in Ipanema, it’s cleaner, deemed safer and the beach is way better than Copacabana. There’s plenty of bars and restaurants. If you climb up the rocks of Arpoador you will get amazing views of the sunset. What else you should do in Rio de Janeiro?
If you want to grab yourself an ice cream then head for Felice Caffe which is located not too far from Ipanema beach. All their ice-cream is homemade and tastes amazing! I had the chocolate orange flavour and it’s the best I’ve ever had.
If you’re short on time and want to see all the main sights in a day then I would recommend the full day city tour with Rio Maximo. I chose these guys as they were the cheapest and included everything I wanted to see. You get to spend some time at Sugarloaf mountain, Christ the Redeemer, the Selaron Steps, the Maracanã stadium (football stadium but was also where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics were held) and Sambodromo – this is where the Rio Carnival takes place (for a small fee you can try on some headpieces and the money goes to the people who make the costumes). A huge BBQ buffet lunch is also included in the tour.
Oh! And one last thing you must do in Rio de Janeiro, grab yourself a fresh coconut to drink and sit on the beach people watching, the people of Brazil are beautiful.
Author : Kellie – The Globetrotting Addict
About the author: Having recently quit her desk job to travel once again, Kellie is now back in the UK teaching English. She loves sunshine, yoga, beaches, prosecco & house music