Apartment, Accommodation & Rooms in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
is a city of contrasts - it features some of the world’s most densely populated areas yet these areas are only a few minutes from tropical jungle where monkeys and large lizards roam free. Upper class neighbourhoods are a stone’s throw away from shanty towns. Rio has a busy couple of years ahead – the 2014 World Cup
and the 2016 Olympics
. 6 million people live in this colourful, unbelievably bustling and vibrant city and anyone who finds themselves in South America should visit. You’ll find plenty of accommodation in Rio, from luxury hotels to student hostels, bed and breakfast and backpackers lodges. If you’d like a more authentic experience whilst staying in Rio, a good option is to rent an apartment rental or guest house. You’ll get to experience life in the city and have the chance to live like a local!
The highest attendance for a football match worldwide was at the Maracana Stadium
in 1950 - nearly 200,000 people were in the stadium.
Micheal Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams and Sepultura have shot music videos in Rio.
Rio isn’t Brazil’s biggest biggest city – that would be Sao Paulo
Rio de Janeiro means ‘River of January’ in Portuguese!
Rio has 46 miles of cycle paths!
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Rio is full of sun, sea and bikinis and it’s a hugely fun city to visit. There are several world famous tourist attractions that new visitors to Rio should visit and many beaches and bars to experience. Rio is an extremely large city with three major areas – Centre, North and South. Most tourist attractions and shopping areas are located in the centre and the south and you’ll probably find you won’t need to venture anywhere else. A trip up Sugar Loaf Mountain
is strongly recommended. To get to the top of this 390 foot granite mountain you’ll need to take a cable car. Go at dusk to witness the stunning sunset over Rio’s bay! The Statue of Christ the Redeemer
is also an essential Rio attraction to visit. You can get amazing panoramic views of the city and of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The best way to reach this attraction is to take the train – get your tickets early in the morning for when you plan to go to avoid queues that build up during the day! Of course a visit to Rio wouldn’t be complete without a walk along the most famous beach in the city – Copacabana
. It’s as beautiful as you’ve no doubt heard and you’ll find beach bars, volleyball and plenty of good times!
Food and drink
Rio is packed with exciting food and drink. There is a bar every 100 yards on the main beaches in the South Side area of Zona Sul
which sell cheap beer, Caipirinhas
and refreshing agua de coco (coconut water). The bars stay open all night and the atmosphere is fantastic in the early hours.
Many fruits in Brazil are hard to find outside of the country – we recommend you try açaí , which comes in the form of a dark purple sorbet. If you get a taste for açaí , go to the PUC University in Gávea. The bus terminal there sells the biggest açaís in Zona Sul. The best place to buy fruit is from the supermarket chain Hortifruiti, passion fruit (maracujá) is especially good in these shops and they are a lot cheaper than outside of brazil.
restaurants offer ‘all you can eat’ meals for approximately £4. Take a seat and a waiter will come round with a wide selection of pizza – take a slice of whatever you fancy! You’ll more than likely find chocolate covered pizzas – we recommend you give it a go! All you can eat meat restaurants are also ubiquitous and good value - about £10 per person.
Off the Beaten Track
You’ll no doubt meet people whilst in Rio who’ll have some great tips where to go away from the tourist areas. Here’s some suggestions we have:
Take a mototaxi up to the top of a one of the safer favelas such as Vidigal
. Enjoy the twisting and slightly hair-raising ride before enjoying amazing views from the top. Then walk back down and see favela life for yourself.
Most tourists will go to Pão de Açúcar but few will go along Pista Cláudio Coutinho
, located near the base of Morro de Urca, the first mountain before Pão de Açúcar. You will be treated to some amazing views, exotic animals, and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of Rio.
Rio’s airport, called Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
, is located to the north of the city. 4 bus lines operate at the airport taking passengers to the main beach fronts, central bus terminal and Rio’s other smaller airport Santos Dumont. Getting around Rio and locating the main attractions and sights isn’t as hard as you might think. Most areas of interest are in the South Side area of the city. Walking around the neighbourhoods in this area is the best way to explore and see what Rio has to offer. Cycling is a popular way to get around too and you find dedicated bike lanes in the South Side area. Buses are quite difficult to navigate, so if you’re looking to get around quickly then take a taxi – they’re cheap! Rio’s subway system is small but clean and safe. It’s useful if you want to get between Copacabana Beach and Downtown.