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Rio de Janeiro

From sandy shores to Samba grooves, Rio de Janeiro will make you swoon.

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Public Transit

Most Cariocas rely on the bus, metro and taxi systems. During the night buses and taxis – which are very cheap – will take you where you need to go. The clean and safe metro, R$ 3.20 per ride, is constantly expanding its coverage. Locals and confident travellers may use private vans located all around the city and in the favelas. Although driving a car is not difficult, finding a place to park can be hard and expensive.

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Known for

Carnival, samba, sultriness, sizzling beaches, caipirinhas, Brazilian bikinis, Sugarloaf Mountain’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the World Cup, favelas

Locals Love

Locals Love

Being carioca, bike riding, sunbathing, sand sports, ocean sports, light beer, fresh juice, staying fit, sunset, going to the same beach spot their whole lives

Locals Complain About

Locals Complain About

Leaving Rio, having to go to São Paulo for any reason, weather not fit for the beach, polluted water, favela safaris, formality

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Here's your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts