Rio de Janeiro is an expansive city between the sea and a rainforest. The culture in Brazil and the vibe of Rio is a bit more laid back than you’ll find in the United States. This allows Cariocas (natives of Rio de Janeiro) to be a bit friendlier and forgiving. Since Rio is a city partially dependent on tourism, the locals are accustomed to seeing tourists and are generally very nice, especially around the hot tourist spots.
Each February, the people of Rio de Janeiro celebrate Carnaval. Carnival is a festival of life and of a carpe diem attitude.
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches. Most people have heard of Ipanema and Copacabana; these are real tourist hot spots. Provisions are available for tourists to rent beach chairs. Your hotel concierge will be particularly helpful in arranging for such accommodations.
Known for its renovated art and cultural district, Rio de Janeiro presents an enriching and relaxing environment for anyone looking to learn. Rio is an art lover’s delight-up and coming contemporary artists display and sell their work in museums and galleries. If you like jewelry, you will find many friendly merchants eager to sell you their creations.
Rio is considered the cultural center of its continent.
Rio de Janeiro is an international city. Many of its residents are both helpful and bilingual. English and American music are particularly popular in Rio de Janiero-Paul McCartney held a concert in Rio which broke attendance records.
Rio de Janeiro boasts hotels friendly to families, gay couples, and travelers with pets.
Christ the Redeemer
The large, famous statue of Jesus you may have seen in many movies is called Christ the Redeemer-and you can see it in person in Rio de Janeiro. Many Christians and non-Christians alike travel to the site to view the large statue. There, tourists can interact with each other and their friendly, knowledgeable guides.
Rio in 2010
In 2010, Rio hosts the Summer Olympics. To earn the honor of hosting an Olympic event, a city must be internationally recognized as friendly and welcoming to guests of other nations.
Crime in Rio
While Rio de Janeiro is known for cultural refuge, there are dangerous and crime-ridden areas in the city. This tourist-friendly city is full of resources to keep you on the safe path. The best way to stay safe in Rio is to ask questions of the friendly inhabitants in or near your hotel.