In September 2017 my friends and I decided to travel to Rio de Janeiro for 10 days to escape Chile’s cold winter. It had always been my dream to go to Rio and I was super excited when we booked the flight.
We wanted to avoid staying in the touristic area and rather experience the real and authentic Rio. So we decided to book a hostel in a favela close to the Copacabana – proximity to the beach was still a must.
Read about my experience in a favela:
10 days in a favela in Rio de Janeiro – How dangerous is it?
Rio de Janeiro is definitely my favourite city in South America so far. It has long and sandy beaches, great weather, crazy nightlife and beautiful nature to escape the city life.
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You can either hike up to the statue or take a bus. Initially we wanted to hike but we were told that lately tourists had been robbed on the way. Since we had our expensive cameras with us we decided to stay on the safe side and took a bus instead.
People in Rio are really active and it seems like everyone does sports. I think I’ve never seen so many defined bodies and beautiful people in one place.
One day Pablo, the owner of our hostel, offered to take us on a little hike through the jungle behind the hostel.
After about half an hour of hiking we reached a spot with a beautiful view where we stopped to enjoy the sun.
Rio should be on everyone’s bucket list. I fell in love with this city and its vibe. It’s one of the destinations where I’ll go back again for sure.
- Don’t go to the beach at night. There are no lights and tourists often get robbed.
- Bar Do David: Delicious local food for a low price in the favela Chapéu Mangueira
- Green Culture Eco Hostel: Amazing hosts! The owner invited us to a BBQ with his friends, went out to party with us and took us on a hike through the jungle.
- Be careful with your belongings, especially on the beach. Someone even stole our flip-flops.
- Lapa is the part of the city where all the nightlife happens. Again be careful with your valuables. We left our phones and wallets at the hostel.
- Watch the sunset at Ipanema beach.
- Try an acai bowl, they’re super cheap and sold at every corner.