Victor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The amazing beauty of this place and its people to which many songs have been written about is stuff of legend. A sprawling city by the sea, Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city known for the fun atmosphere, the Carnaval spirit, the white-sand beaches and of course the beautiful people. Victor, a native of Brazil is making the most of his time in his awesome country. He fills us in on some insider tips on how to best experience Rio.
Victor at Ipanema Beach post 9, with Morro Dois Irmãos in the background
Best time to visit?
If you like warm weather, from January to April. We are never too cold though.
Must try local dishes?
Feijoada (a black beans based meal)
Churrascaria (a meat buffet brought to you in your table)
Your city's most popular tourist spot?
There are many but Christ the redeemer and Sugar loaf are pretty popular.
Any favorite local place or spot you would recommend to a visitor in your city?
Any of the street bars, also called "botequim" are a very local way of enjoying free time. Having finger food or "petiscos" with beer is a must, preferably while watching a local football match. Watch how we Cariocas go crazy about our footballs clubs.
Another local place to visit is Lapa. This is an old neighborhood where the bohemians used to hang out in the 50s and 60s and it's live again. Carioca da Gema is a nice place to go and enjoy real Samba music in Lapa, but the options are plenty. Pedra do Sal on Monday nights is also nice for a round of Samba.
Important local phrases?
Obrigado (thank you, if you are a male saying it)
Obrigada (thank you, if you are a lady saying it)
Onde fica (where is it located?)
Me beija (for the more flirty kind or "kiss me")
Safety Precautions/Reminders/tips for travelers?
As in any big city you should be aware of pick pocket and leaving your valuables unattended. If you are in the touristic areas, you should be just fine as long as you don't flash expensive clothing and jewelry around as well as being aware of your surroundings before using latest smartphones.