I stayed in Rio for seven days, but some of the days I was just chilling on the beach. I must say I like Rio, but I wouldn’t see myself living here. It is basically a big city on the beach. The landscape is amazing. I have definitely never been in any place like this before.
I managed to get to Corovado to see Christ the Redeemer. But unfortunately for me, he was up in clouds, and this is the best photo I have that includes me.
Rio is settled on the bottom of hills. The place is quite surreal. However, unless you are staying at a really nice Hotel with a pool and good service, you will pretty much be bored unless you are an adventurous backpacker that loves exploring. If you are an explorer, keep you camera close, because when the little boys on bikes show up, you will have to hand it over.
I did have fun outside of the beach. Dare I say it, I had more fun in the center of Rio then I did on Copacabana and Ipanema. I felt more safe in the center. There was a lot of buisness people and the architecture is quite impressive. There are lots of houses from the beginning of 1900’s that really left me speechless.
Rio is colorful and full of amazing art. People here have different mind then people in Europe. They are much more dreamy and open minded than the people in Europe. They express it trough their art but also in everyday life.
I visited the famous steps of course and took a stroll down the little alleys which actually, wasn’t the best idea because everyone looked suspicious.
Often we would stop for coffee. Brazilians tend to have nice coffee, but most of the places were just serving generic supermarket ones. Can’t blame them, it is not a rich city.
Also I fell in to a spntaneous conversation with a stranger that was sitting next to us with the most adorable pug. So I gave that pug some sweet puging.
I get hungry pretty quickly, so I stop at random places to eat. The streets of Rio are filled with local restaurants as well as foreign ones. Most of them are quite busy , so unless you really choose your time you will probably be left hungry. Service in Brazil is pretty bad. They are not your tipical waiters and waitresses , as a matter a fact I think they hate serving. However, I had to eat so I stopped a couple of times to eat and review the places. If you are interested to read about them, you can go and click on my Yummy Rio section HERE .
There are some hints of Rio that reminded me of Barcelona, but other than that they are very different. If you are strong on your feet with a big apetite you will adore Rio. Every single thing on the street will make you stop and think. It is a truly amazing city.
Don’t go to Rio to have a holiday. Go to Rio to have a different holiday. Don’t expect to be served and pampered. Rio is not a resort , it is a big city on the beach. However if you are looking to have a hedonistic type of holiday then choose nice Hotels like the historic Copacabana Palace or the new modern Fasano. Enjoy some cocktails on the rooftop pool or in an amazing luxurious environment, and just kick back and relax. If you are more in a adventurous mood then choose a hotel that is in a touristic location but not expensive. You will need to put your things in safes in the room as thieving is very common. Hope you enjoyed my post. Cheers!