Day 1-4 :
Most travellers, including myself, fly into Rio de Janeiro. While it's nolonger the capital of Brazil (which moved to Brasilia in 1960), Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant and culturally-rich cities in the
world. It offers pretty much everything you could want in one place - awesome views, white-sand bays, and buzzing nightlife.By day, head to Copacabana Beaclh
and Ipanema Beach for the sun and surf or view Brazil's historic relics and fine art at Museu Histórico
Nacional. Look up from almostany street in Rio and vou'll see Christ the Redeemer, the open-armed
statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Corcovado Mountain.You can reach this peak and enjoy an unforgettable view of the entire city by taking a narrow-gauge train. By night, you'll find the year-round party at the samba clubs in Lapa, an eclectic bohemian district and nightlife centre.
Don't miss the Escadaria Selarón,125 meters of steps covered in bright tilewhich have been transformed into a world-known piece of art. Next to the steps is the Santa Teresa neighborhood, a renowned gathering place for intellectuals, academics, artists and politician, If vou're interested in visitıng recommend going to the Santa Marta favela in Botafogo, which
appeared in Michael Jackson's MTV
. Recommended nights: At least 3
nights (but you can also leave
Rio for the end of your trip)
Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro:
There are lots of hotels with fantastic views androoftop swimming pools overlooking the beach in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Many of them are
surprisingly affordable if you're not traveling during Carnival, New Years orEaster. Rio Othon Palace is right
on Copacabana beach, with spectacular views of the bav and Sugarloaf Mountain. It's also got a beautiful rooftop pool and a popular restaurant and bar on its 30th floor.A cheaper hotel in the same location
is Orla Copacabana Hotel, also overlooking the beach and steps from restaurants, bars and attractions. There's a metro station just 900m away and prices are as low as $59 for a double room.
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to book vour hotel in Rio de Janeiro way ahead of time, as they get booked up (and prices get jacked up) at peak travel season When I traveled there during
Carnival, I couldn't find any affordable accommodation and ended up staying in an Airbnb room which was expensive and dodgy.