Anyone who first arrives in Rio de Janeiro, and takes a casual evening stroll, can’t help but be drawn in by the twinkling lights lighting up the hillsides. Well, those twinkling lights sitting on some of the most prime real estate in the city, are the favelas. Favelas are defined as slums, yet the word slum doesn’t incapsulate what…

Rio de Janeiro is much more than Copacabana and Ipanema. It is home to incredibly diverse and interesting neighborhoods that can satisfy various different tourism itches. Here are some of the best neighborhoods you may or may not have heard of:

This may sound a little dramatic but its true! “Soaring rock faces rise directly from the ocean floor hosting the most breathtaking views. Waterfalls descend lush mountainsides that abruptly collide with bustling streets. World-class beaches line the coast, ranging from the umbrella filled, super energized, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, to the deserted white sands of Prainha,…

One minute you’re swaying in and out of people as cars and buses zoom by, the next minute you’re surrounded by lush rainforest with nothing but the sounds of wildlife echoing around you! Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular hikes right within its city limits (and beyond). The views at the top are outmatched…

Favelas, loosely translated as ‘slums’, make up a big part of Brazilian history and its present identity with over 11 million people living within them. Rio de Janeiro Favelas reside on its many hillsides, the suburbs, and the adjacent cities. Some sit on top of upper-class neighborhoods and business hubs, while others were pushed far from the city center.…