Two Days In Rio De Janeiro

Spend two days in Rio De Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian city of 6.4 million people is a marvelous hub of culture, sites, sounds, and history. Rio is a stunning mixture of mountains by the sea which will take your breath away. It is a must see city in my book, even if you only spend two days in Rio de Janeiro.

Know before you go

Best Time To Go

The best time to spend 2 days in Rio de Janeiro is between December and March when you will catch the warm summer weather during the day, and the magnificent thunder and lightning storms of the evening. Of course, Carnival is in February, so if that’s your thing, then plan ahead. A post pandemic Carnival is probably going to be pretty busy! The intense rains come June through September, so you probably want to avoid those months!

Where To Stay

There are an infinite number of hotel choices, but I recommend you spend your 2 days in Rio de Janeiro within walking distance to the Ipanema Beach. Some neighborhoods are safer than others and more touristy than others, so do your research. The Zona Sul or the southern zone near the beach, is a nice mixture of shops, restaurants, hotels, and residences. And you can’t beat walking to the beach! This area is policed more heavily than others, so it is reportedly a safer neighborhood. That being said, criminals are aware that tourists gather there, so be watchful!


You will eat well during your 2 days in Rio de Janeiro! The food is a major part of the culture, so enjoy and be adventurous! Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, it’s all good! Be cautious of eating unwashed fruits or vegetables without a skin, but you should be fine at most restaurants. Enjoy  Feijoada, a black bean stew,  and Churrascaria, or meat that is barbecued in the Brazilain style.  Drink Caipirinhas, a cocktail made with the traditional cachaça liquor made from sugar cane and mixed with lime.

Travel Tips

Not to worry if you don’t speak Portuguese. As a tourist friendly city, you will get by with English. The currency in Brazil is the Real. Currently, one real is equal to $.19 cents American. It is easy to exchange dollars in Rio, and of course, credit cards are widely accepted. 

Safety is on everyone’s mind while traveling in Brazil. As with any touring experience, you need to be cautious and smart. Rio requires a little more vigilance than in some other cities, as it is notorious for its crime against tourists. Purchase a theft proof bag, or undercover money pouch, keep your phone and camera tucked in safely when not in use, and take Ubers at night. Do not venture out alone, do not engage with the vendors on the beach, and obviously, do not leave your stuff unattended!


Must See Attractions during your 2 Days in Rio de Janeiro!
Day #1
Cristo Redentor
The iconic spot Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer stands atop the Corcovado Mountain on the edge of the water overlooking all of Rio de Janeiro. It is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and is a once in a lifetime experience. Get dropped off at the bottom of the mountain, buy tickets, and take the train to the top. The ride takes you through an urban rainforest as you climb Corcovado Mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for a tropical bird or sloth sighting!

Fun Facts: The trains were built by the Swiss to help the citizens of Rio create their enormous tribute to Christ atop an extremely steep grade. The materials were hauled up by the railway to make the 98-foot tall, art deco statue, with his arms spreading 92 feet wide. It was built in the 1920’s by a combination of private and church money. It is made of reinforced concrete covered by thousands of soapstone triangles, and is the largest sculpture, in the art-deco style, in the world. Millions of people make the pilgrimage to the statue each year and you will understand why!


2 Days in Rio De Janeiro
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
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The Lapa neighborhood is Rio’s artistic and cultural hub. It is home to lively markets, shops, restaurants, and important landmarks. Look for murals and street art. The bars and music venues are among the best! Find a Samba music and dance show if you can because it expresses the heart of the Brazilian culture. Central to the Lapa neighborhood are the famous Escadaria Selarón or the Selarón Steps. Chilean born Jorgé Selarón renovated the 215 steps with over 2000 tiles, between the Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods because they were falling apart. Over a 20 year span he created this magnificent tribute to the Brazilian people before dying on those very steps in 2013.
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
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Carioca Aqueduct
The Carioca Aqueduct or Arcos de Lapa was built in the 18th century in order to bring the fresh water of the Carioca River to the city. Now, the arches are the track for the cable car between Centro and Santa Teresa. You can catch the cable car near Av Mem de Sá. 
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
Day #2
Ipanema Beach
The two famous beaches on the stunning coast in Rio are both worthy of your time for a stroll and a swim. They overlook the mountains and have golden sand and remarkable sunsets. Be careful, as the waves and undercurrent can be very powerful. Ipanema is known for being the place where the rich and famous like to vacation. Very close by you can dine at the Restaurante Garota de Ipanema where the 1962 song, The Girl From Ipanema was written. The boulevard by the beach is closed on Sundays for bikes and walkers to enjoy. 
Day #2

Copacabana Beach

Walk a short 3 km from Ipanema to the Copacabana Palace and beach. The famous promenade of black and white tiles, from Portugal, create the iconic wave pattern that Copacabana is known for. Visit the luxurious Copacabana Palace for a drink and to enjoy the atmosphere where the rich and famous have stayed since the 1920’s. Along the way, you will find plenty of shopping opportunities to buy souvenirs.
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro


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