🏖️Rio de Janeiro, Brazil🏖️
Couple of Do’s & Dont’s when visiting Rio:
Check into your hotel and head to the beach stat. Enjoy the local (gorgeous) men (& women) playing (almost naked) futebol on their local beach. I finally started to see the joys of watching sports.
Check the weather before visiting the Sugar Loaf/Christ the Redeemer.
Check out Leblón for local (expensive) shopping.
Check out the Maracanã for a stadium tour. Even if you are not a football junkie, its an amazing way to spend the afternoon.
Make sure you have a window seat when landing into Rio.
Do learn Portugese phrases. The only one i took back was Tutto Ben.
Watch the sunset over the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) from Ipanema.
Visit the Selarón Stairs.
Wander the streets after 6pm. It’s tempting to walk along Ipanema or Copacabana in the evenings, but unless you’re a local and you know what’s going on, I’d suggest a cab.
Don’t take an Uber in Brazil. Local taxis/hotel cars are your best bet.
Don’t drink their tap water. Apparently their water sanitation situation isn’t up to the times.
Where to Stay
The Fasano on Ipanema beach is impeccable. With its location just a stone’s throw away from Ipanema beach, it definitely made our vacation. The rooms are stunning too, peering out onto the most attractive stretch of sand in the city.
Here are a few restaurants I’d recommend. Make sure to make reservations beforehand as they get full pretty quick.
Rio is warm all year round with endless beaches for sunbathing, no matter what the season. Im not sure how people get about their daily lives here because if we lived in Rio, we’d be professional beach bums. We visited in the ‘winter’ – which is not really winter, to be honest. However, it does rain, so be wary of having that ruin your beach days.
I loved Rio and Brazil in general. If I had to change one thing, I’d have eaten way more acaí. Its my favourite snack and I often dream about it while in Singapore. So I’m not really sure why I didn’t do it justice whilst in its local habitat.