Top 8 Must-Dos for the Real Carioca Experience in Rio de Janeiro

Looking for the real Carioca experience? Here’s how to get it:

Relax at the Beach

Whether you choose the hustle and bustle of Copacabana, the excellent people watching of Ipanema, family friendly Leblon, quiet Leme, or interesting Vermelha, Rio de Janeiro has a beach for everyone.

Whichever you choose, remember to leave your beach towel at home. In Brazil, beachgoers use a canga (like a cotton sarong) as a coverup, towel, and beach blanket, and they can be bought right on the beach.

Order an ice cold beer from a wandering beach vendor, maybe some Globo biscuits, and sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

Circle around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

The Lagoa is a popular jogging, walking, and biking path with amazing views of the city, circling around its namesake Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon). With over 7 km of paved trails, it is a fitness freak’s dream come true – for free!

When you get tired of the trail, you can picnic on the grassy embankment, or go to one of the Lagoa-side restaurants or bars for some refreshments.

Get down to Samba beats

Samba lessons are plentiful and inexpensive in Rio de Janeiro, and there is no better place to learn than here.

You can check out Pedro do Sal, where regular samba sessions kick off as the sun sets. Legend has it that samba was born there, in the historic center of Rio, and the tradition continues with an amazing band and free dance floor. Vendors pop up throughout the night to provide late night munchies and ice cold beer and caipirinhas.



The World in Chips

Even if you’re an adventurous eater, chances are you tend to stick to your old favorites when it comes to snack food. Everyone loves curling up on the couch with a brew, or a can of soda, and a huge bag of potato chips. Proven favorites like sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, and barbecue are some of the most popular in the United States, but have you ever thought about what kind of chips people on the other side of the world are tucking into?

The Best European Tours for 2018

The best trips through Europe go beyond the conventional tourist sites. They immerse you more deeply in the local cultures and give you a thrill of discovery and adventure. Fortunately, it’s not too late to sign up for an amazing and affordable European tour for 2018. The following are five tours that give you a rich taste of the natural beauty, history, and culture of different areas around the continent.

The Best Car Rental Sites

Rental car sites can save you a lot of money on your rental vehicles, but with so many to choose from, it can be hard to distinguish one from the other. Therefore, it has been broken down for you in this article. Keep reading to discover prices, varieties of selections, and each site's ease of use.