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.
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.
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!
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!