In 2007, I traveled to Salvador Bahia, Brazil with my brother. Brazil has long been one of my favorite countries because of my initial trip in 2007. Since my first time in Brazil, I had been itching to return and finally visit Rio de Janeiro. In March 2019, my husband and I eagerly arrived in Rio. I didn’t believe in love at first sight until Rio. So much so we’ve discussed returning for New Year’s Eve and one day purchasing property. Rio is a vibe on so many levels from the language, music, beaches, people, and most definitely the food.
On the expressway into the city, it’s not uncommon to see people selling snacks such as cookies, candy, and drinks along the freeway.
Forgot something? You can purchase a myriad of wares on the beach such as bikinis, cover-ups, speakers, sunglasses, and the most delicious Caipirinhas. If you can think of anything you may need while on the beach, someone is definitely selling it.
March in Rio is extremely hot. The level of humidity is insane so be sure to dress appropriately. The sun is not forgiving so bring lots of sunscreen and aloe Vera.
The highlights of my time in Rio were visiting Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Escadaria Selarón, Ipanema, Rua de Ouvidor and Little Africa.
I opted for an Airbnb experience for the first time; where we explored Little Africa, Pedra do Sal, Morro da Conceição, Largo da Prainha and Valongo’s Suspended Garden. The guide Gabriella did an amazing job of explaining the history of Brazil, stereotypes about favelas, its connection to Africa, and the current state of Brazilian politics.
It is helpful if you learn a few Portuguese words before you go. Uber is extremely reasonable, which is what we relied on primarily. Food and drinks are reasonable in Rio. Average meal is $5-10 Drinks range from $2-10. The dollar goes far in Brazil.
Note: Before I left for Rio, I was peppered with warnings about safety. The entire time I was in Rio, I felt safe. My advice is to take the same precautions you would in any metropolitan major city. Use common sense.
Have you been to Rio? I’d love to hear about your experience!