First time in Rio de Janeiro
Dreams sometimes come true and mine did this year.
First time in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana celebrating new years eve. Drinks, mountains, beaches and salsa. Two weeks where we explored a jungle surrounded by a jungle. Our family and friends where worried for our safety in a jungle where your here about a lot of crimes in the street. If they where right to be I will tell you in our guide of Rio de janeiro.
First time you visit a new city a new culture is exiting no matter where it is. Rio de Janeiro has been my dream since I was 15 years old and I saw how they celebrated New years eve on Copacabana. First time I have been so super exited about a trip! But with my families and friends worrying in the back of my head. I always think of the best of people and I think best thing you can do when you travel is to be open minded but conscious about your decision and dont do anything reckless.
First time in Rio de Janeiro and we landed in the airport late in the evening so we decided to order from home a pick-up service to our hotel. It cost 60$ which was expensive but convenient. We found out that you can take a cap for around 100 Rs$. When we where going back we took an Uber which cost 69Rs$.
As it was our first time in Rio de Janeiro it is always a gamble where to stay and how. We staid 10 days at Yoo2 Hotel in Botafogo. The Hotel was lovely it is very new it opened in 2016. You have a nice hotel lunch, great service minded staff, great breakfast in a beautiful restaurant and a rooftop with pool and view to the Sugarloaf mountains. The room was clean and we slept like a king and queen. On the left side of the hotel there is a big building where you find a starbuks which is nice!
Botafogo is a upcoming nabourhood. It felt like an area mix of New York/Berlin and a place warm that I can’t describe. It was cool and locale and old and new. It had hidden cafes and restaurants everywhere. More Check out the eating in Rio here. You can not swim at the beach at Botafogo but it is easily to move around and get to some of the beaches. More of that under transportation.
The last 4 days we had booked through Airbnb a room at a lovely woman named Maria Louisia. Her place where only 500 meters from Copacabana beach which where perfect when we had to celebrate new years. Maria was a wonderful host and here flat was very nice and clean. Such a lovely experience to meet a local and get an insight in how the brazilians truly are. She explained all there new year traditions to us and was always there if we needed answers to our questions.
Most people book there first time in Rio de Janeiro at the Copacabana area. It is more touristy with a lot of shops, hotels and the beach is BIG. It is more dirty and busy than Botafogo the main thing to do there is the beach. Here you can rent bech parasol and chairs and there is people running around selling beachwear, food, ice cream, and drinks.
If you want shopping then they have a huge shopping mall in between Copacabana and Botafogo ore els go to the high street in Ipanema. It is a lovely area and not that touristy and the beach is very nice!
Like always we tried so many different kind of transport which is so much fun! We used the:
which cost around 3,90 RS$ per person per ride no mater how many stops. The first time in Rio de janeiro it can be difficult to figure out the routs but the signs are great at the stops helping you where to go and els use google maps there are a lot of cafes with free wifi spots. Most the busses drive from El Centro to Leblon and that covers Lapa, Botafogo, Copacabana, and Ipanema where we spent the most of our time. Notice: The busses dont have AC and can be crowded but runs all the time.
Which is super easy and lovely with the aircondition. There are not so many lines to figure out. You can download a map and remind of any other underground you know from other cities. It cost 3,5 RS$ per ride per person. You can not buy tickets in paper form. You can buy a ticket but it comes out like a plastic card. I will definitely recommend to put money on a plastic card which you can do on any machine. Then you use this card to pay for the metro. You can be two people using the same card if you want. We did i wit trough and passed it over to Jacob who used it after. Works fine.
Which cost around 5,5RS$ to begin with and then ads on. They are yellow like New York. They drivers usually dont speak english but if you can tell the name of the area ore hotel ore can point it out on google maps then they mostly know here to go. They are handy if you are not in mood for busses and want to get there fast and easy.
I recommend more than taxi. It is cheaper and you can use the funktion of sharing a cap and it gets even cheeper. If you want you can also request a car with a english speaking driver. If it is your first time to use Uber then now that you dint need wifi all the time. We used the Wifi from the Hotel ore where we could find Wifi and then we put in where to go found a drive and jumped in. I did not have wifi at the trip but is works perfectly anyway. His phone know where you are going and tells uber when you reach the point to get the payment so super easy even without wifi.
It is not the first time that we rent bikes. But it is the first time in rio de Janeiro. We rented bikes from the Hotel. It costed 150 RS$ per person and we had them the whole day. There is a biking roads driving a long side the coast of Botafogo trough the mountain to Copacabana and then all the way to Leblon. It is a great way to move around and just enjoy the sun but remember a lot of SUNCREAM! and bring a lot of water for the trip. A bit expensive but a nice way to spend the day.
To get to christ statue you can take the railway almost all the way up to christ. Remember to sit in the left side of the train where there is only 2 sets per row. There you get the best view. To take the railway remember to book your tickets before, you can do that here. And you can reed more of what to do here.
If you want to hike the Morro Dois Iramos that is the twin mountains and see why here. The mountains are at the end of Leblon beach you have to get up through a favela it os not a dangerous one at day and at the opening you find a lot of motorbikes that will take you up through the favela to the beginning of the trail. It cost 10 RS$ per person and a lot of fun. We took one up and walked our way down the favela.
We want on a boat trip to Ilha Grande more af that here.