How to get around Rio: transportation advice

Are you coming to Rio for the very first time? In case you are wondering how to get around Rio, take a look at this post, where I share valuable advice in terms of transportation. Subway Riding the subway is definitely the safest and most convenient way of getting around Rio. When choosing where to…

Where to eat in Rio: Seu Vidal and its inventive sandwiches

If you’re wondering where to eat in Rio, Seu Vidal, sandwiche store in Copacabana, is a great option for an afternoon meal. I’ve been there and I wanted to share my impressions. First of all, I was delighted by the nice treatment they give to the clients, since the owners (father and son) take care…

Neighborhoods in Rio

When I travel, by the time I need to choose where to stay, my main criteria is always the location and of course the value for money. So I had to write this post here about the neighborhoods in Rio and my opinion about them, in order to help you on this very important choice….

How to blend in with locals in Rio’s beaches

I was born and raised in Rio and I’ve seen lots of foreigners wandering around Copacabana and Ipanema beaches; there are many signs you’re a tourist in Rio de Janeiro. Here are some tips to blend in with the locals a bit better. Wear Havaianas, the original Brazilian flip-flops. Actually, this is one of the…

16 signs you were born and raised in Rio

1- You’re always late. Somehow, time just doesn’t run naturally here. One moment you look at your watch and you have plenty of time. The next you’re already late. What happened in the meantime? 2- Because of this, you always mentally add at least 2 hours for social meetings. Even if you get there on…

Alternative schedule of Carnival blocos in Rio

There is the Carnival from Sambódromo and the samba schools and the street Carnival.  And there is the street Carnival ‘traditional’ and the alternative.  To help you with all these diferences, I’ve decided to make this Carnival schedule. I’ve made it based on my personal taste and opinion, the same way I do with the weekly…

What do in Rio from 09 to 12 Fev

How to use Facebook events linked in the name in blue!  – Free * or really cheap events! * But remember to tip in to the hat so they can keep doing it!  Cultural issues: – Events in open air spaces may be cancelled if it rains. If so, they will announce it on the FB…

Shop guide around Saara

Saara is a region in the Center that has many stores, and it’s perfect to buy Carnival accessories and costumes. But where exactly? How to get there: Subway station: Uruguaiana. Saara has 3 main streets (Alfândega, Senhor dos Passos and Buenos Aires), not to mention the little streets in between, and almost infinite number of stores which…

What to do in Rio (02 to 05 Feb)

How to use Facebook events linked in the name in blue! – Special events in honor to Iemanjá. – Free * or really cheap events! * But remember to tip in to the hat so they can keep doing it!  THURSDAY, 02 Feb Forró de Rabeca  Forró de Rabeca at Praia do Leme, in honor to Iemanjá.  Reeschuled…

Survival guide to Carnival in Rio

Here are a few valuable tips for those who are coming for Carnival for the first time. Use costumes At least to me, the best part of Carnival is definitely the costumes. I love everything about it: going to Saara to buy things, creating them, wandering around the streets wearing it and seeing so many…

Why you should put Ubatuba on your travel plans

Ubatuba is in the seaside of São Paulo state, 5 hours from Rio and 1.5 hours from Paraty. With its 102 beaches and islands, as well as waterfalls, Ubatuba is a paradise that should be on your Brazil travel plans!   How to get there Direct bus from Rio to Ubatuba (5 hours, R$100*). Timetable…

Schedule pre-carnival

SATURDAY, 18 Feb Maracutaia What time? From 5pm. Where? Praça Marechal Âncora, Centro (próximo à Praça XV) How much? Free! Dates: 28 Jan, 04 Feb, 11 Feb and 18 Feb SUNDAY, 19 Feb Cordão do Boi Tatá One of the most traditional and colorful blocos. Highly recommended! What time? From 8am to 3pm. Where? Departs from Av. Henrique Valadares…

What to do in Rio (26 to 29 Jan): social projects special!

Schedule of this week is dedicated to social projects initiatives. So I will use this new symbol to identify events which has as a proposal to raise funds for social projects or motives like that.  THURSDAY, 26 Jan Black Haus Another Thursday night by Black Haus in the most beautiful bar in Rio. Views to…

Guide to enjoy Paraty as a local

Paraty is a historical city from Colonial times, but which has many other perks: beaches, waterfalls, high-end gastronomy and many cultural events throughout the year.  I had my very first Worldpackers experience (work exchange) in Paraty and I’ve stayed nearly a month there living like a local. And now I will share with you  🙂 How to…

Schedule 19 to 22 Jan

The summer is here, Carnival is close and the schedule is huge! Many cool things to do in Rio: the hardest part will be to decide which one to attend. THURSDAY, 19 Jan Festa: Baile do Ouvidor  Free party in Ouvidor Street: classic! It always gets packed, but just a side note: according to the producers,…

Schedule 13 to 15 Jan

FRIDAY, 13 Jan Baile da pesada Black music and its sub-genders! What time? 11pm-7am. Where? Rua Sacadura Cabral, 154, Saúde.  How much? On the list, its free until 1am.  After 1am, R$20 women and R$30 men. No list, R$30 women and R$50 men. Selvagem This is a really famous party born in Sao Paulo, which made…

Christmas Schedule – 23 to 25 Dec

It is Christmas, but this year is in a weekend. Sooo… there are no many events as it usually has, but still… there are some good options for you! 🙂 THURSDAY, 22 Dec O Rio é Doce Hamilton de Holanda, Marcelo D2, Roberta Sá, Diogo Nogueira and DJs Zeh Pretim e Zedoroque presenting to you the very…

Survival guide to New Year’s Eve in Copacabana

I’m sorry, world, but here in Rio we have two of the biggest shows on Earth: Carnival and Copacabana New Year’s Eve. Among cariocas, however, the New Year’s Eve is far from being an unanimity (Carnival too, but I should talk about this in other text!). Some people love, others say “I prefer to spend…

Bailinho, one of the best parties in Rio

The Party Bailinho, created in 2007 without great pretensions, is a huge success here in Rio. The party left its fans miserable since they stopped making regular editions. But during the Olympics, they were part of Scheeeins’ party schedule as guests and recently they announced that they will be making summer editions at Pier Mauá. Save the date: 14…

Schedule (16-18 Dec)

FRIDAY, 16 Dec Balkumbia Latin music party, on the streets. What time? 10:20 pm – 05:20 am. Where? Bar do Nanam: Rua Imperatriz Leopoldina, próximo à Praça Tiradentes. How much? Free! Bangarang  Reggae music party!  What time? 11pm-05am. Where? Nu.Miolo: Ladeira de Santa Teresa, 6, Lapa. How much? R$10 – til 01AM, R$15 – after 01AM.. MOO  Electronic music…

Dekmantel, Amsterdam Festival, in São Paulo

Have you ever been to Dekmantel, electronic music festival in Amsterdam? The festival, which made its first edition on 2013, its already considered by some experts as one of the best festivals of the gender on the world. The festival usually takes over Amsterdamse Bos, biggest park of the city, (yep, not Vondelpark) by day and Melkweg, by…

Schedule – 9 to 11 Dec

Summer is almost here. And the city is electric, more than ever! To refresh from the heat, two festivals of craft beers. There are also a lot of good parties and other events!  How to use: -> Facebook events are linked blue in the name. – events for free!  – highlighted events, that I find…

Brand new rock bar in Rio

Check it out: it just opened an AMAZING rock bar with great view to Lagoa.  I’m talking about Jack Daniel’s Rock Bar, concept-bar of the famous Whiskey brand. Get ready for an incredible experience in a 3-floor house. Beyond its gorgeous physical space and a flawless thematic decor, the bar has: pool table,  giant football table,…

Special 100th Anniversary of Samba Schedule (01 to 04/12)

On December 2 is National Samba Day. And the samba, more than a Brazilian rhythm, is carioca (local from Rio). Its symbolic house is Pedra do Sal, the meeting point of samba artists since slavery times. Whenever I go there, I feel a very strong energy and it is one of my favorite places in Rio!…

Schedule (24 to 27 Nov)

How to use: Facebook events are linked in the name. – events for free! – highlight events, which I find particularly good. THURSDAY, 24 NOV HONK  First day of HONK, international festival of brass bands. I tell you all about it in this post, with full schedule. It’s going to be kind of out of…