73 Hours in Rio de Janeiro

There is a reason why Brazilians call Rio de Janeiro the "wonderful city". With its imposing mountains, sparkling beaches and great locals, this lively access to Brazil is spectacular. Although a weekend is not enough

Angel Reyes
May 3, 2022
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There is a reason why Brazilians call Rio de Janeiro the "wonderful city". With its imposing mountains, sparkling beaches and great locals, this lively access to Brazil is spectacular. Although a weekend is not enough, you know the main highlights of the city and discover the exciting culture of Rio de Janeiro. If you are planning to travel to Brazil, read on to find out how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

There is no place in the world like Rio de Janeiro. On the one hand, there is a bit of everything: mountains that almost touch the sea, lush jungles, a fascinating history and a culture full of energy and life. Although it is most famous for its annual Carnival Festival, Rio de Janeiro is indeed a fantastic destination throughout the year. If you have a weekend or a few months to go, you will not regret traveling to this amazing city.

Friday In Rio De Janeiro

If you arrive on a Friday afternoon, drive directly to the beaches of Rio. Nestled between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, you will find Arpoador Rock. Join the crowd on the rocks and enjoy the magnificent views of both neighborhoods, the city skyline, and the sunset. When the sun goes down, stroll along Copacabana Beach or Ipanema Beach and choose from a variety of restaurants. Try your first restaurant "per pound" or visit one of the trendy restaurants in Rio. If you're looking for a party, on Friday night there's nothing better than Arcos de Lapa becoming a big street party. Caution: If you want to try the famous Brazilian Caipirinha, this local favorite is incredibly strong. Just go if you want to do a full day sightseeing on Saturdays!

Saturday In Rio De Janeiro

Try to adjust to most of your journey today. When the weather is fine, the crowd begins on the Sugar Loaf or Corcovado, where the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer rises above the city. After enjoying the spectacular views, head into the dark forest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world. Finally, head downtown to visit the historic buildings and museums of Rio. To maximize your time and connect with so many attractions in Rio, book a tour of the city. The Rio Full Day Tour visits Rio's main attractions and major attractions, as well as a specialist guide who will tell you all about Rio.

When you buy your agenda for your trip to Rio, keep in mind that although the malls are open on Sundays, most street shops are not. Take a half-day excursion to Rio de Janeiro and spend the afternoon in the best shops in the city. Visit the Rio Sul shopping center, one of the city's largest shopping malls, or visit a more traditional market on the Old Market (Feira do Rio Antigo), which takes place every first Saturday of the month. the neighborhood of Lapa. If you are looking for small shops, visit Rua Visconde de Piraja in Ipanema or Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon. Otherwise, stop by Santa Teresa for its art galleries and craft shops.

Sunday In Rio De Janeiro:

Spend your last day in Rio and enjoy what the city is most famous for its beaches! Take sunscreen and a hat, rent a beach chair and get sun, sand, and waves. When choosing the beach, you want to visit, you have a choice of options. For those who cannot rest all day on the beach, take a cultural excursion to the Copacabana Fort or complete your day by bike and cycling along the promenade or visit the city's parks. If you're looking for a bit more adrenaline, you can boost your pace with a surf lesson, a walk in Pedra da Gavea or kite flying in the city for spectacular views. Rio has something for everyone, be it a beach lover, a history lover, a shopping lover or a sports traveler.

Keep in mind that Rio is located in a tropical area and that clouds and rain occur all year round. It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your visit, so you can choose the sunniest day for activities such as Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, which may need a clear day, so you fully appreciate the views spectacularly.

Angel Reyes

Angel Reyes is a photojournalist and columnist covering culture and travel trends for OMG BYE. He studied Film from Full Sail University. Angel also produces interactive projects and feature video.