Rio de Janeiro: what to do, see and eat!

Rio de Janeiro Guide: what to do, see and eat!

Explore beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes and cultural diversity with Rio de Janeiro Guide: what to do, see and eat.

Rio de Janeiro is also called Ciudad de Maravilla

Its breathtaking beaches on the South Atlantic Coast, amazing parties with taste of caipirinia will stay in your mind forever.

Check out my travel guide to Rio de Janeiro: what to do, see and eat before your travelling and be better prepared for an adventure.

This city is the second biggest city in Brazil and the third largest city in the South America. Rio de Jainero is just unique with plenty of culture, amazing culinary and great music.

My guide will help you to better organise your visit.

All the tips and travelling information are based on my personal experience.

Places I visited saw and ate. I hope it will help you to better prepare for your trip.

There are few things that stayed in my mind forever and for sure, you won´t find them in any other South American cities, see below.

What to do and visit in Rio de Janeiro?

Copacabana and Ipanema beach

Probably the first thing that you will visit is famous and marvellous Copacabana and Ipanema beach.

After a few minutes of laying down there you will realize that on the beach locals are selling each and every taste of Brazil.

You can find here:  caipirinas, coconut juice and sea food, prepared just in front of you or brand new dress ready for the tonight´s party at Lappa district.

Escalera de Selarón

This place is well known for Brazilians and every foreign tourist that visits Rio de Janeiro.

Salarón stairs art became internationally recognised and was made by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as ´my tribute to the Brazilian people´.

I visited this place at night but still I was completely impressed by the colours of the ceramics.

There are 215 steps measuring 125 metres long which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries around the world. See iton the map.

It is real spectaculars and it is just next to Lappa district, the place where you will be spending evenings and nights parting and dancing Brazilian Samba.

Visiting this art is completely for free.

El Cristo Redentor del Corcovado as one of New Seven Wonders of the Planet.

While taking this tour or going by yourself, just make sure that the weather is sunny without clouds so then you can enjoy incredible city views.

The statue of El Cristo is a symbol of Christianity across the World. It is symbol of Rio de Janeiro and also Brazil.

El Cristo Redentor is one of the New Seven Wonders of the Planet.

The statue is located at the Peak of Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park on the 700 metres.

Standing there and enjoying the most incredible views of the city Rio de Janeiro will definitely stay in your mind forever.

How to get to CRISTO REDENTOR?

There are various possibilities of getting there. The most common is taking a train ´Tren del Corcovado´.

It goes every day from 8AM to 19PM. The train leaves every 20/30minutes from the Estación de Cosme Velho Train Station. 


If you buy return train ticket to Cristo Redentor, the Cristo Redentor entrance is included. These are the fees:

Adults – high season R$ 74,00

Adults – low season R$ 61

Children (from 6 to 11years old) – both high and low season R$ 48,00

Seniors more than 60 years – R$24 (low and high season)

Children under 4 – free

Whenever you travel abroad, please use XE Curreny App to better understand rates and money exchange.

I always use it. The good thing about this app is that you can also use it offline.

Before your trip, please check out the most updated prices on the official website, here.

Pan de Azúcar 

Another important spot for tourist and travellers that you can´t miss in Rio de Janeiro, is Pan de Azúcar.

Here also you will see famous cable car called ´bondinhos´ with panoramic view of the city.  

It is not only the major attraction for travellers  but also, it is an important place for history of Brazil.

Just here, on the 1st of March in 1565 the city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro was founded  by the Portuguese Estácio de Sá.

On the top of the hill, you will see unforgettable views of Rio de Janeiro.

Opening hours: 

Cable car: 8:00AM to 21:00PM (ticket box only until 19:50PM). The cable car goes every 20 minutes. 

Last climb of the Cable Car: 20:00PM into Morro de Urca and 20:20PM into Pan de Azúcar

Last descent of the Cable Car: 20:40 from Pan de Azúcar and 21:00 from Urca.

Prices of entrance to Pan de Azúcar:

General price R$79

People between 6 y 21 years old and seniors (always showing ID) pay R$31

Children under 6 enter for free.

The entrance includes return ticket. 

For most updated prices, please check out the official website

Remmember to use XE exchange app.

WHERE TO STAY in Rio de Janeiro?

Copacabana is the best place to stay in Rio de Janeiro.

There are plenty of different kinds of hotels, hostels, Air B & B. everyone will find something for its budget.

Staying in Rio de Janeiro is not cheap, but affordable.

Check out your accomodation here.

If you still haven´t found your flight connection to Rio de Janeiro, remmember to check my secrets of flying cheap, here.

Where is the best place for parting in Rio de Janeiro?

The best party in Rio de Janeiro and probably one of the best in your life you will have in Lapa district.

The most famous district: Lappa.

Just here you can find variety of different cultures, music, dancers.

Partying in Lappa Discrict will help you to understand how different and divers Brazilian culture is! Don´t miss it!

For me it is ´street party of whole world ´  with every possible kind of music as: Samba Reggae, Rock or Funk Brasileño.

WHAT TO EAT in Rio de Janeiro?

Brazilian food is delicious but also very fat. A lot of Carbohydrates like fried fish, beans and potatoes are mainly available here.

Feujada or black beans as traditional Brazilian food will definitely give company to rice, meat of fried fish.

I was constantly wondering, how it is possible to eat every daily fried food and not to be fat?

Well, once arriving to Rio, you will notice that Cariocas (locals from Rio de Janeiro) are obsessed about taking care of their bodies.

Runners, Surfers or open beach gym full of people is very common to see every day.

That is how they lose calories and get fit. Through variety of Brazilian food, you can´t miss trying feijoada,  beijinho de Coco, bauru, pao de queijo, brigadeiro, coxinhas or acai berries.

Coconut Juice in Rio de Janeiro

Being in Rio and not to try Coconut fresh juice is almost a sin.

On every corner of Copacabana you will see locals selling cooling juice that definitely will help you to bite hot weather.

ACAI only in Brazil

These berries are directly from the Brazilian Amazon.

For centuries açaí berries were consumed exclusively in the rainforests of the South America. Acai Berries were essential nutrient for the indigenous diet.

Nowadays, the nutritional properties of açaí berries are used as a natural medicine for treating digestive ailments and skin diseases.

This fruit is very popular for Brazil and you can get a juice or an ice-cream with açaí everywhere in Rio de Janeiro.

From my person experience, açaí ice-cream with strawberries and bananas was the best one I had in my live. Don´t forget to try it!

Without any doubt, Rio de Janeiro is a multicultural city, great for visit, beach and party. Its locations and social division will help you to better understand cultural diversity of the Brazil.

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