Carioca Guide to Rio
Our website caters to the first-time visitor and to residents.
If you are planning a trip, start with the practical facts!
things to do and see. For Cariocas and visitors.
We left no stone unturned. This is an authorial website,
Celebrating 20 years on-line!
Whether we are talking about beaches, attractions, bars, shopping, or night clubs, we always have first-hand impressions to share. We are fascinated by the history of Rio, and witnesses to it. When we suggest a museum, a park, or celebration we go a little beyond the obvious.
You will find photos, maps, tips, addresses, links, and relevant posts from social networks! Our website is undergoing a major renovation to display even better on your tablet or smart phone. For practical information before you travel check out
Where to Stay in Rio – Carioca Guide
We have just launched a completely new and improved version of our celebrated guide to lodging in Rio. The scene has changed for the better. There are a host of new properties, including premium international labels. Traditional hotels changed hands and went trough a complete makeover. We used our expertise of two decades in the inbound travel business to select the best alternatives.
Choose by area or star rating, use the interactive maps for orientation. Choose your personal favorites by picking out features that may sense to you. From oceanfront to pet-friendly, a luxury spa and pool – or just a basic hotel right next to the action.
Getting a good taste of Rio
You can do all the sights on a single day. Corcovado, Sugarloaf , MaracanГЈ Stadium, it’s a panoramic tour, and it may make sense. Rio has such a diversity of scenes, pursue your personal interests. This is a city rich in history, with great museums, structures dating back to colonial era.
A collection of gorgeous ocean beaches. Small, sophisticated neighborhoods where everything is in a walking distance. Historical Centro, with bohemian Lapa. We know the hostpitality business from the inside. Take advantage of our professionall eperience, a few trade secrets, and genuine interest to help.
Carnaval 2017 in Rio de Janeiro
It is not too early to start planning Carnaval 2017. We will publish our new guide soon! Here is the best of 2017. With almost a full month of festivities, there were over 500 street blocos. The largest one was Cord o da Bola Preta with almost one million people! Simpatia Quase Amor, Banda de Ipanema, Bloco Volta, Alice, Empolga s 9, Spanta Nen m, the best blocos are always the ones that your friends invite you to!
Where to Start
There is no special order to follow, so here are some popular choices. Rio for Beginners is our introduction to the city. Practical facts to plan your trip, plus info about the culture, people and history. Enjoy!
Favorite Parts of Rio
You may start with a Rio Quick Tour. From the International Airport past Historical Rio, Guanabara Bay, and ocean beach areas all the way to Barra da Tijuca. Stop whenever you want. Find photos, maps, tips and curiosities.
Choose special themes like parks, museums and cultural centers, beaches, historical churches. We give you all the tools to make the best of your stay in Rio, at your own pace. You can favorite the maps for future reference. We provide links to official websites, whenever available.
Where to Stay in Rio
The lodging scene in Rio has been upgraded, and there are more hotels and rooms than ever before. New international chains arrived in town. Other properties changed hands, and were renovated from scratch – or retrofitted.
Condo hotels that offer apartments with services and a kitchenette are available at some areas, and perfect for families our gourmet cooks. The hostel concept blossomed, and sometimes in addition to dormitories, they may also offer rooms.
Eating Out in Rio
Some travelers are satisfied just to grab something to eat along the way, while others consider eating a part of the whole cultural experience. Maybe it’s an ingrainded longing to find a dish cooked exactly like home. Or a gourmand urge to sample anything that you will never find elsewhere. Would it surprise you to learn that Rio caters to all tastes?
Style, Cuisine or Area
You do not have all the time in the world to sample everything, so we took the liberty of picking out favorites that are popular with friends – and specialized criticts. The vast majority is located in convenient areas that are easy to reach, and they come in all price ranges. We are not prejudiced.
Night Life in Rio
When it comes to night life possibilities, Rio caters to all tastes. Hanging out with friends at a caf is a Carioca past-time. We have favorite bars, usually clustered around the same areas. Samba is alive and sets the beat to the gafieiras and clubs in Lapa. Forr is also popular, if you like to dance together.
Dance clubs feature a number of favorite label parties. There are clubs open all days of the week. They come in all sizes, from cozy and neighbourly, to huge. The largest clubs are mostly in Centro. They alternate attractions including live music shows and bigger parties. Rio Nightlife Carioca is updated daily with our hand-picked suggestions. Keep connected!
Carnaval 2017 in Rio
Carnaval is so much part of our culture that it has been celebrated in Rio since the colonial era. In many cases when Cariocas say that the year only starts after the end of Carnaval they are being realistic. Festivities last a month. The city stops to celebrate during the 4 official Carnaval days, Februrary 25 through 28, 2017. Street Carnaval is much more organized than you would imagine. We are hosting 550 bandas and blocos this year. The largest ones may attract as many as one million people!
The Samba Parade at Samb dromo is really spectacular. On Friday and Saturday Group A schools compete to fight their way up. On Sunday and Monday Special Group Samba Schools perform their magic. If you follow our posts you know that tickets are priced less with the new exchange rate. Watching at home is not the same thing, but it will be broadcast in real time. The party scene happens in a big way. Off-Carnaval specials compete for the attention of Cariocas and visitors from Brazil and all around the world. Enjoy!