Two Days In Rio De Janeiro
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Are 2 Days In Rio De Janeiro enough?

Yes, you can see a lot in Rio in jus 2 days.

Obviously, its almost always better to spend more in any great place, but its not always possible.

This guide will  help you to spend two days in Rio De Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian city of 6.4 million people is a steaming hub of culture, sites, sounds, and history.

The stunning mountains by the sea are breathtaking and the lively city is filled with things to do. Rio is known for its beautiful beaches, majestic views, and a notorious nightlife of the rich and famous.

Here’s a great itinerary if you can only spend two days in Rio de Janeiro.

Know before you go

When is the best time to visit
Rio De Janeiro?

December – March: The best time to spend two 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.

February: Of course, Carnival is in February, so if that’s your thing, then plan ahead. It is Rio’s busiest time for sure!

June – September: The intense rains come June through September, so you probably want to avoid those months!

What is the food like in
Rio De Janeiro?

You’ll eat well during your 2 days in Rio de Janeiro! The food is a major part of the culture, so enjoy and be adventurous! 

Churrascaria is the famous Brazilian barbaqued meat. Restaurants will serve you right from the BBQ sticks that the meat is cooked on. You will be blown away by the quality of the meats and poultry.

Enjoy Feijoada, a black bean stew 

Drink Caipirinhas, a cocktail made with the traditional cachaça liquor made from sugar cane and mixed with lime.

Where is the best place to stay in
Rio De Janeiro?

Spend your 2 days in Rio de Janeiro within walking distance to the Ipanema Beach. Some neighborhoods are safer than others so do your research.

Zona Sul Ipanema

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!

NOTE! This area is policed more heavily than others, so it’s reportedly a safer neighborhood. That being said, criminals are aware that tourists gather there, so be watchful!

Is Rio De Janeiro Safe?

Safety is on everyone’s mind while traveling in Brazil.  Rio requires a little more vigilance than in some other cities, because it’s notorious for crime against tourists.

Here are some tips for satying safe in Rio:

~ Purchase a theft proof bag, or undercover money pouch.

~ Keep your phone and camera tucked in safely. 

~ Take rideshares at night.

~ Do not venture out alone.

~ Don’t engage with the vendors on the beach.

~ Of course, don’t leave your stuff unattended!

Brazilian Travel Tips

~ The language of Brazil is Portuguese.

~ The currency in Brazil is the Real.  

~ Brasilia Standard Time is the time zone for Rio De Janeiro. Brazil has 4 time zones. Rio is one hour ahead of NYC.

Must See Attractions during your 2 Days in Rio de Janeiro!

2 Days in Rio De Janeiro

Day #1 Cristo Redentor

The iconic Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer stands atop the Corcovado Mountain on the edge of the water overlooking all of Rio de Janeiro.

 The train ride to the top takes you through an urban rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for a tropical bird or sloth sighting!

Cristo Redentor Interesting Facts

~ The trains were built by the Swiss to help the citizens of Rio create their tribute to Christ.

~ The statue is a 98 foot tall, art deco statue, with  arms spreading 92 feet wide.

~ It was built in the 1920’s with a combination of private and church money.

~ It’s made of reinforced concrete covered by thousands of soapstone triangles.

~ Millions of people make the pilgrimage to the statue each year.

~ It’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

2 Days In Rio De Janeiro

Day #1 Lapa Neighborhood

The Lapa neighborhood is Rio’s artistic and cultural hub. It’s home to street art, lively shops, and restaurants.

The bars and music venues are fabulous! Find a Samba music and dance show.

Selarón Steps

Famous in the Lapa neighborhood are the 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.

It took him 20 years to create this magnificent tribute to the Brazilian people before dying on those very steps in 2013.

2 Days In Rio De Janeiro
2 Days In Rio De Janeiro

Day #1 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

Day #2 Ipanema Beach

Ipanema is known for being the place where the rich and famous like to vacation. It is a spectacular beach with some of the most breathtaking views in the world.

Ipanema overlooks the mountains and has golden sand and remarkable sunsets.

Be careful, because the waves and undercurrent can be very powerful. Very close by you can dine at the Restaurante Garota de Ipanema where the 1962 song, The Girl From Ipanema was written. 

2 Days In Rio De Janeiro

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

Rio De Janeiro Bonus Activities

If you have some extra time, here are more Rio excursions for you!

Hike the Dois Irmãos, or Two Brothers, are the two pointy mountain peaks that you see from the Ipanema beach and in every vista of Rio.

The hike takes about 40 minnues and rewards you with spectacular views.

Hike Sugarloaf Mountain The Sugarloaf Moutain is the iconic peak of Rio with its granite top that resembles a loaf of sugar!

The mountain is at the tip of Guanabara Bay in Rio. This peak is almost 1300 feet above the harbor.

The hike takes about 2.5 hours. 


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