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Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro

Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro

Our local guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s sexy seaside city, covers the things that locals love to do, from sipping sucos to samba dancing. As the 2016 Olympic Games is kicking off on 6 August, we thought we’d share some of our favourite things to do in Rio. Our...
Brazilian Samba Comes Low-key and Local in Copacabana

Brazilian Samba Comes Low-key and Local in Copacabana

We’ve heard a lot of live music during our two week stay in Rio de Janeiro – at bars, clubs, by the beach, and in the streets of this hip-swinging Brazilian city. It’s hard not to hear music in a city where nearly every cultural...
Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

If you only take home one souvenir from Rio de Janeiro, make it swimwear – a pair of teensy Brazilian bikinis for her, and low-waist, hip-hugging, wide-brief sunga for him. In Ipanema, where we had our ‘home away from home’ in Rio for two weeks, there are...
Cooking in Rio — a Cooking Course with a Difference

Cooking in Rio — a Cooking Course with a Difference

When we arrive at the compact, down-to-earth Copacabana eatery, Tasco de Lido, the other three couples in our cooking class are already chatting away cheerfully as they sip drinks. Bob Marley is blasting on the stereo and the restaurant’s vivacious owner and cooking school instructor...
Football in Rio

Football in Rio

“It’s going to be an interesting game tonight,” our guide Luis tells us with a grin, as he scans the score table and list of players he has on a sheet of paper in his hands. This is good news, because if you’re going to watch...
Perfecting the Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

Perfecting the Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

In our years of being semi-professional barflys and checking out bars, purely in the name of research of course, we’ve developed a repertoire of favourite cocktails that we always order to test out the skills of a barman. One of them is a Latin American...
Rio de Janeiro’s Juice Bars

Rio de Janeiro’s Juice Bars

Drinking a freshly-squeezed juice from one of Rio de Janeiro‘s juice bars, known locally as sucos bars is as much of a daily ritual for Cariocas as sipping coconut water beside the beach. There seems to be a juice bar on every block in Ipanema, their...
Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

We meet locals in many different ways when we travel. Sometimes the people we connect with are friends of friends, sometimes we meet them in restaurants or bars, occasionally we meet them through the owners of the places we’re staying, and at other times we...
Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or Rocinha on a favela tour, you’ll have a chance to buy handicrafts,...