25 Things to do in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Travel Guide

25 Things to do in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Travel Guide


Hello from Rio de Janeiro! This was our first
stop in Brazil and we were very excited to check out the top attractions, sample Brazilian
cuisine, and squeeze in a little bit of beach time. We had an action packed week exploring
the different neighborhoods and trying everything from churrasco to brigadeiro, so we decided
to film a city guide along the way. This video will showcase 25 things to do in Rio de Janeiro.
Now let’s get to it! First up, we started with the city’s most
iconic sight: Christ Redeemer. We boarded the train as soon as the station opened and
made our way to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Sometimes the statue can be shielded by fog,
but we lucked out with beautiful blue skies and panoramic views of the city as far as
the eye could see. So this afternoon we are visiting the Ipanema
Hippie Fair. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a rainy Sunday so it is not too too busy but
we’re going to take a stroll and see what we can find. This is a great place for souvenirs. The Ipanema Hippie Fair takes place every
Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Praça General Osório. Here you’ll find everything
from beaded jewelry and hippie pants, to leather sandals and street food. As you can imagine,
Sam had no problem sniffing out the street snacks! So Sam is having a Cocada. Can you tell us
what that is all about? Yes, so it is basically shredded coconut mixed in with sugar in this
kind of like patty type cake. Oh, it is so sweet. So good. And the coconut is so fresh.
I love this. Look at the detail in that. Oh, yum. Now it is my turn. Share. Sharing is caring. For a bit of color, we headed over to the
Selaron Steps, which is a tiled staircase created by Chilean artist, Jorge Selarón.
Initially Selaron would scavenge construction sites looking for tiles, but in later years
as his work gained notoriety, travelers began donating tiles from their home countries. The Museum of Tomorrow opened its doors on
December 2015 and it has been drawing big crowds ever since. This is a museum of ideas
that focuses on sustainability and ways in which we as humans can create a harmonious
coexistence in the future. So this morning we are doing a bike tour of
Rio with Rio by Bike. And it should be a really fun way to see some of the main attractions. If you want to see a lot of Rio de Janeiro
but you’re pressed for time, a biking tour with Rio by Bike is a great option. We covered
the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Gloria and Centro, with lots of
cool stops for pictures, refreshing coconuts, and anecdotes along the way. Our guide knew
the city like the back of his hand and his excitement for Rio de Janeiro made the outing
a lot of fun. And because we enjoyed our bike tour so much,
we also ended up doing a favela tour with the same company. For this tour we met in
Leme and then our guide took us up to Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira. On our tour we saw
lots of street art, learned about the intricate workings of life inside a favela, and then
capped things off with a beer at a local establishment. Next up, if you enjoy hiking you’ll be pleased
to know that there are lots of great trails in Rio. We hiked up Chapéu Mangueira Hill
and were rewarded with great views AND vultures. So it is our very first lunch here in Rio
De Janeiro so we thought let’s go for the classic grill. We are eating at a Churrascaria.
And I’m probably making that sound a little bit more Spanish than Portuguese but basically
it is a grill house and you just eat steaks and meats. And the waiters are going to be
coming around to the table with like these giant rotisserie sticks and they just basically
slice the meat onto your plate. So it is pretty cool. We’re paying a fixed fee. A flat rate.
And that also gives us access to a salad bar and we get sides. And free non alcoholic drinks.
So, we’re going to be eating lots of food today basically. Hahaha. Sounds good to me. So I think this is quite clever. At the table
they leave these little cards and basically you can flip it if you’re full and you no
longer want any meat. You just show the red side and then if you do want more meat you
show the green side. And you just leave it like that and the waiter comes around and
he just keeps bringing you different cuts. So we are nowhere close to tapping out yet.
We just started. This has just begun. Alright, time to try the meat. The star of the meal. Oh, that is good. Yeah?
Yeah. It is really tender. Nice and tender and also
really salty. You can tell they’ve added a lot of salt but not a lot of other seasonings
or anything else. It is very simple. Very simple. They’re keeping it salty, nicely cooked
too. It is a little bit pink in the middle. That is cool. That way the flavor of the meat
can really shine through. Exactly. They have come around with meat probably five
or six times. Give us a status update. How are you feeling? Status update is I’m feeling
very satisfied in terms of the taste and man am I ever getting stuffed. I think I’ve hit
my quota. It is time to flip over to the red card. Since we chose to stay in the neighborhood
of Ipanema, we ended up spending quite a bit of time at Ipanema Beach. We noticed that
this beach was really popular for beach football, volleyball, and surfing. And of course, what
makes this beach so iconic are its two mountains, known as Dois Irmãos. If you come here on
a clear day, you can catch a killer sunset. Next up we’re going to visit the Metropolitan
Cathedral here in Rio. And it is a pretty unusual building. Like normally you have these
colonial structures and this is just like a concrete pyramid. Yeah. In the middle of
the city. It is really strange. It is really bizarre but it is also quite unique so let’s
go check it out. Let’s go. Since we had a lot of rain on our visit, we
spent our days visiting museums, including the National Fine Arts Museum. This museum
focuses on Brazilian art from its early beginnings to contemporary times, and it was a nice way
to spend an otherwise wet afternoon. After a bit of museum hopping, we headed over
to the Municipal Theatre for a closer look at this beautiful structure. The building
dates back to 1909 and it was inspired by the Paris Opera. Today we have come to Confeitaria Colombo
and this place is considered one of the ten most beautiful cafes in the whole world. And
if you just take a look around me it is kind of like a French Belapox style with Art Nouveau.
They have these huge mirrors that came all of the way from Belgium and it just feels
like you’ve traveled back in time here. Also, they’ve had a lot of really distinguished
guests. Like Kings, Queens, Presidents. Yeah. So I feel pretty special sitting here. Queen
Elizabeth has come here and apparently almost all of the Brazilian presidents have frequented
at some point in time. A popular spot. Indeed. So this video is going to be all about a popular
Brazilian dessert known as Brigadeiro. And this is the classic form right here. So
I was asking our waiter about it and he basically said it is milk and chocolate kind of like
cooked over a very very low heat and then you let it cool down and harden. And then
you basically scoop it up with a spoon, make it into little balls and then you roll it
in chocolate sprinkles. You can see over here. So that looks super decadent to me. So friends
this is for chocolate lovers. Oh, yes. So I’m going to dig right in. Oh, look at that. It is almost like a thick
fudge. Like I don’t know if you can see the detail here. How I pulled it out but it is
so so thick. Man. Mmmmm. Wow. Decadent? Oh my gosh. It’s almost like
peanut butter, like that same texture, but it is all chocolate. I can see why they give
you very small amounts of it. Because it just like you really need to chew it slowly and
savor it. It is so good. Is it really sweet too? Hahahaha. It is good stuff. No visit to Rio de Janeiro would be complete
without heading up Sugarloaf Mountain, so when the skies finally cleared that’s exactly
what we did. We paid for our tickets and boarded the cable car for a somewhat unnerving ride
up. If you’re scared of heights, this probably isn’t the attraction for you, however, if
you manage to make it to the top you get some really cool panoramic views of Rio. So this afternoon we are visiting the Botanical
Gardens here in Rio. And it is a pretty nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
So yeah, we’re just going to be taking a stroll and checking out some cool plants. Does it work? Oh, the fountain is broken.
Oh, no there it goes. There it goes. There we go. Do you dare have a drink? Do you think
that is what it is for? Hahahah, I don’t know what it is for. Let’s just enjoy the sight. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens sit at
the base of Corcovado Mountain. The park is 140-hectares in size and it showcases the
diversity of Brazil’s flora and fauna. It is super quiet and it feels miles away from
the chaos of the city. This is a bit of an unusual attraction, but
if you’re in Botafogo, the Sao Joao Batista Cemetery is worth visiting. It houses intricate
graves and mausoleums, and it is also the final resting place of Brazilian presidents,
aviators, poets, and celebrities, none better known than Carmen Miranda. Copacabana Beach is the most famed beach in
all of Rio de Janeiro and if you were to visit on a weekend during the summer months you’d
find that the place is packed beyond belief. We happened to be here in winter so things
were a lot more relaxed, but that didn’t stop visitors from braving the waters. The beaches in Rio are lined with food and
drink stands, so if you’re feeling parched, just walk up to the promenade and order yourself
a refreshing coconut like Sam did. Another spot you shouldn’t miss is Lagoa.
This neighbourhood is home to a giant lagoon, where people come to picnic, work out, rollerblade,
skateboard, and rent paddleboats. The lagoon is encircled by a walking and biking path
that is 7.2 kilometers in length. Voila! So of course we had to go to Casa do
Pão de queijo. And that means the house of the cheese bread. And over there they’ve specialize
in these little bread cheese balls and they are amazing. I used to eat these as a kid
when I used to visit family and they are so so good. This is like my favorite Brazilian
snack. I know, they are super tasty and you can find them almost everywhere. I mean this
is embarrassing to admit but we’ve even had them at McDonald’s here. McDonald’s for breakfast.
You can get coffee and Pão de queijo. So let’s just dig right in. I’m going to grab
one of these. So I have to admit these are best when they are like fresh out of the oven.
And we’ve had these in our apartment for a few hours now. So they’re not warm anymore
but they are still a little bit gooey inside. I mean it is getting kind of dark here so
I don’t know if you can see that but it is like really cheesy and ooey and gooey and
just oh so good. Mmmmm. Mmmmhhhmmm. So the key ingredient for these Pão de queijo
is the casava flour. That is what makes it sticky inside. And then of course the cheese
too. Oh. Mmmm. Aren’t they so good? Oh man. I could just eat like them by the 10’s. Yeah.
And you know what? If you want to make these back at home you can actually pick up a bag
at the supermarket of the powder and you mix it yourself. We have to do that. Definitely. Praça Mauá is a plaza located in the centre
of Rio de Janeiro on the edge of Guanabara Bay. It’s a really cool place to hang out
on weekends because you’ll find street performers, food stands, some live music, and an overall
lively vibe. If doing a guided biking tour of Rio left
you craving for more, you can always rent a bicycle to explore on your own. The entire
coastline is lined with bike paths that connect one neighbourhood to the next, so it’s a
great way to explore the city. So we’ve been taking taxis so far but we have
decided it is time to try local transportation. Exactly, so I’ve got the MetroRio prepago
card. It is super easy to get. What you do is you just load it up, you charge some money
on it and it takes it off naturally as you go so this is great way to get around the
city. Alright, let’s go ride the Metro. Let’s go. So today’s lunch video is going to be all
about black beans. We are at a place that specializes in Feijoada. And that is kind
of like a black bean stew. So everything we’re going to be trying here from the appetizers
to the mains is going to have black beans in some component. And this is something that
you really find a lot in Brazilian cuisine so looking forward to sampling that. So the food is here and we have a nice selection.
Just have a look. Lots of different pots and things happening. So I’m just going to serve
myself. Wow, that is a lot of food. Yeah, so we’re going to start with a base of white
rice that I just spilled all over the table. But white rice is one of those things that
is never missing at the table when you’re in a Brazilian home. And on top of that I’m
going to put my Feijoa which is the black beans. Black beans on its own. Oh, that looks
good. And in the next one here you have the Feijoada which is the black beans and the
meat. So this is like a bean and meat stew. It has different cuts and it is a mix of pork
and beef. So I’ll grab some sausage. Let’s start with that. That looks good. Oh, there
is more over here. So I’m going to grab some manioc. I think that is the English name for
it. Some greens. And then over here we have – what is this one? Oh, okay so the powder
is farofa which is kind of like a manioc flower. So you want to be careful with this because
it is really easy to choke on it. You know what I think that is the one I tried on its
own and I didn’t enjoy it that much. But I think it is going to be pretty good with beans.
It is very dry. Um, yeah and this apparently is fried pork skin. I think that is what I
understood, so. It looks like a puffed cracker. It does. I’ve never tried fried pork skin.
I’m not sure I’m going to like it but let’s get started shall we. It is now Sam’s turn. Time to dig in. Yeah,
time to try it for the first time. So I’ve got the meat here, I’ve got the beans and
I’m going to make sure I get a bit of the rice too. Time to try that Feijoada. That was a big piece of meat. Yeah. It’s good.
It’s good. It is very salty and it does have a lot of flavors considering that it is just
a bean dish. Yeah. I mean it is really high quality beans. A lot better than most of the
types of beans I would eat back home in Canada for example. More flavorful. But yeah, it
is simple food and it is tasty. I can see why it is popular here. We should also mention
that we kind of tried to play it safe with the meat in our Feijoada because on the menu
we saw they had like pig ears and pig feet and intestines and just different cuts. We
could have gone all out but we played it safe today. Yeah, we were like um. We have a flight
tomorrow. Maybe just beef and sausage will do. Rio is known for its legendary nightlife.
You have a lot of different options. You can go out for Samba, you can got out for Bossa
Nova. We’re doing the more tame option of just going out in our local neighborhood bar
here in Ipanema having beer and the national drink. But there is so many different areas
you can check out. One of the most famous areas is Lapa. Yeah. Alright, so this is my Caipirinha. This is
Brazil’s national drink so you just have to try it when you come here. And the Caipirinha
is actually made with cachaça which is a distilled liquor made from sugarcane. I hope
it is not too strong. Oh. Potent. Yeah, it is like sweet but really
sour from all of the lime. Yeah, it is a bit strong to be honest. Yeah, I would call it refreshing. It kind
of burns on the way down. Want to try it. Maybe it is more of a manly drink. First time trying Caipirinha. What do you
think? You know what it is not nearly as strong as you think. I just think you’re not used
to these kind of drinks. I’m wimpy. Yeah. And that is a wrap! We hope this video will
give you guys some ideas of things to do in Rio de Janeiro on your visit, and for those
travellers who have already been there, feel free to add your suggestion of cool activities
and attractions in the comments below. For more travel videos from around the world,
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11 thoughts on “25 Things to do in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Travel Guide

  1. RIO, SAO PAULO AND ALL THE CITIES ARE THE WORST AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND DANGEROUS CITIES IN THE WORLD. THEY CAN KILL U FOR A PAIR OF TENNIS SHOES… I WENT THERE IN ONE WEEK I GOT 4 TIMES ASSAULT BY THEIR "TROMBADINHAS", 2 TIMES WITH KNIFE IN MY BELLY AND 2 TIMES WITH A GUN IN MY HEAD. I AM ALIVE BY LUCK.  I WILL NEVER NEVER EVER EVER RETURN TO THIS COUNTRY THAT HAS NOTHING BUT THIEVES AND ASSASSINS, AND PROSTITUTES THAT THE MAJORITY 80% HAVE CONTRACTED AIDS.

  2. I don't believe that you missed the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, the most beautiful library in South America, maybe one of the most beautiful in the entire world…… Maybe you can visit this in a next time. By the way, very good video, congratulations. I will subscribe the channel. Cheers.

  3. Só foi no Rio …ja fui aí mais se voltar vem pra "Arraial do Cabo "Cabo frio "Búzios "lugares perfeitos…!!!

  4. 1. Ira – Dias de Luta, Envelheço na Cidade.
    2. RPM – Alvorada Voraz.
    3. Ritchie – A Vida Tem Dessas Coisas e Pelo Interfone.
    4. Jorge Aragão- Encontro das Águas.
    5. Zeca Pagodinho -Seu Balancê.
    6. Ana Vilela – Trem Bala
    7. Ze Ramalho, Chitãozinho e Chororó – Sinônimo.
    8. Belchior – Tudo Outra Vez.
    9. Ivo Pessoa – Uma Vez Mais.
    10. Obina Shock- Vida.
    11. Uns e Outros: Carta aos Missionários.
    12. Engenheiros do Hawai- Terra de Gigantes e Prá Ser Sincero.
    13. Almir Sater: Tocando em Frente.
    14. Maria Betânia: Brincar de Viver e Reconvexo.
    15. Toquinho: Aquarela.
    16. Roberto Carlos: 120, 150, 200 Km Por Hora.
    17. Roberto e Erasmo Carlos: Sentado à beira do Caminho.
    18: Raul Seixas: Gita e Eu Nasci há Dez Mil Anos Atrás.
    19: Caetano Veloso: Sozinho.
    20: Djavan: Se

  5. 8:05
    A Brigadeiro for 9,50 reais? Are you sure? You guys got robbed and don't even know. That things costs 2 reais outside, and even better than that.

  6. He is called ““`JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER, HIS ULTRA WHITE LIGHT STATUE OF ““JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF YOUR NEW TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE IS TO BLESS THE CITY OF RIO DE JANEIRO AND ONLY ““JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE IS THE EMPIROR KINGJESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF ALL OF THE REPUBLIC OF BRASIL (BRAZIL) JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST ULTRA WHITE LIGHT STATUE IS TO BOTH CONTROL AND ELIMINATE ALL CORRUPTION OF THE BRASILIAN Government Corrupt Politicians be Overtakenby the SUPER CLEAN WHITE LIGHT GIVING SPIRIT OF ““JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF BRASILIAN MEN AND GIRLS AND WOMEN OF BRASIL TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND ALWAYS FOR PEACE OF BRASIL PEOPLES BY THE WHITE LIGHT SPIRIT OF ““JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER TO STOP ALL Corruption in BRASIL and have BRASIL IN PEACE AND EQUAL PROSPERITY WEALTH AND HEALTH FOR BRASILIAN PEOPLES THAT FOLLOW THE WHITE LIGHT PHILOSOPHY NEW TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE ONLY THE NEW TESTAMENT OF THE WHITE LIGHT STATUE OF ““`JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF PEACE, LOVE,, AND EQUAL PROSPERITY WEALTH FOR ALL BRASILIAN PEOPLES OF THE JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST BRASIL DEMOCRACY REPUBLIC OF JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST LOVE AND PEACE AND EQUAL WEALTH PROSPERITY AND GOOD HEALTH FOR ALL PEOPLES OF PORTUGUESE GALICIAN—-GAEILGE PORTUGUESE IRISH JESUS EMANUEL CHRIST BLESSINGS FOR ALL THE CITIES AND PEOPLES OF THE DEMOCRACY REPUBLIC OF BRASIL (BRAZIL)Bavarias Bravias““!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….!!!!…………………………

  7. I didn't understand why Audrey was able to pronounce some portuguese words so well. Are your parents Brazilian, did you live in Brazil? I guess you did, cause you said you used to visit family.

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