Locals show you their favourite spots
Some locals in Rio make themselves available to show visitors their favourite views, bars, restaurants, shops and special spots.
They are usually journalists, fotographers, designers and freelancers.
Lots if fun, worth trying it out: www.rentalocalfriend.com Definetly old city centre, Santa Teresa, of Rio is a charming little gem. I loved to ride on the trolley and watch the city from the top hill.
Let's face it - no matter how many honest, hard working people live in favelas, they are dominated by drug factions.
When you go on favela tours, funk ball tours or any similar activity, the tour operators pay "fees" to the drug factions for visiting rights and to ensure safety.
Please do not support the drug culture that opress a large part of the population.
Below is a picture of what the trash cans look like here. I know this seems like a random and stupid tip but it is important to know. Please do not litter in the cities down here. Plus, if you are a smoker there is a metal bar right on the outside of the trash can (right where you put the trash in). You can use that to put out your cigarette and then throw it into the trash can. It's good to be extra courteous in another city and help keep the beauty you came to visit alive.
Always have bathing suit ready
Everyone in Rio seems to be ready to go to the beach at any moment. Women are always with their bikini tops on under their tops, if they are wearing tops, and men often walk around in swim shorts and flip flops.
By Bus to Buzios. (Or buying a post card).
The special feature of arranging to meet a Brasilian when on holiday in that Country is the way in which the arrangements, to travel by bus or visit a museum or visit such places as Pao Acucar and Corcavado, are made. I
It becomes so simple, it is without fuss, there is no difficult tongue twisting contortions such as attempting to speak the language. Or even worse pointing to the words in the phrase book.