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.

Nan Palmero
Nan Palmero

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.

Rodrigo Soldon
Rodrigo Soldon

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. Studios Studios