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 Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.