Travel Guide: Just in time for the Olympics, Rio De Janeiro

Welcome back to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day in June to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today we’re jumping the pond to South America – visiting Rio De Janeiro just in time for the Olympics.

Home of the most beautiful people on earth and the most beautiful beaches these people are endemic to. Rio De Janeiro is the seaside city to top all seaside cities and is soon to be the host of the Olympics 2016. Known for its stark division of classes, whether you’re at the tippity-top or on the ground-floor – Rio is one hell of a party.

Here is our travel guide for the vibrant Rio De Janeiro!

Getting there


If you are planning to hit up Rio De Janeiro this Summer (well, their Winter) avoid August if you can. The Olympics begin on the 5th August and from then on the whole city will be a fuster-cluck.

If you’re into that good for you; if you’re looking to avoid the madness, September might be the cheapest and best time to go. Checking SkyScanner for flights out to Rio in early September it shows that you’ll be forking out about £800-£1,200 in total if you want direct flights!

Rio De Janeiro

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Accommodation


If you feel gauged by the flight prices, here’s a bit of much needed good news: living in Rio is the right kind of cheap. Checking Hostelworld for dorm prices around early September, there are rooms available for as cheap as £7 per person, per night!

If you want a bit of respite from the party environment, Air BnB has group accommodation available for around £50-£70 a night, which, when split, is very reasonable! Especially if the beach is on your doorstep.

Rio De Janeiro

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Things to do


Here are our top three recommendations of things to do in Rio. Again, as we always say, make your own adventure! Explore for yourself and reap the rewards of discovering the world without Trip Advisor holding your hand:

  • Life’s a beach: This is a seaside city after all. Don’t stick with the Copacabana, explore some of the other beaches like Ipanema and Botafogo! They’ll be a bit quieter, too.
  • Sugarloaf Cable Car: Rio is a city of diverse elevations so it makes sense that the best way to see it is from above!
  • Tijuca Forest: If you came to South America with the desire to hike but don’t want to venture all the way up to the Amazon, Tijuca is located right in the middle of the damn city!


Rio De Janeiro

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