Recommendations to travel to Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro has become one of my favorite cities around the world. In this post I told you what were the Must Visit Places in Rio. But in today’s post I want to give you recommendations for your trip. From how many days you need to visit the city, such as having the internet, to visas, documentation and security tips.
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What’s the best time for your trip to Rio
Well, it depends, lovely answer, right? It depends on how much do you like the heat and the number of people at the same time and place.
For me the best time to travel to Rio de Janeiro is in (their) winter, between the months of May to October. Why? Because the temperatures are more pleasant and there is less rainfall. In these months, there are also fewer people and the beaches are not crowded. And it’s still hot, though at night it cools down a little bit, like for a sweatshirt.
If you want to go in carnival or summer (December to February), forget everything I told you, hehehe. In this time it is very hot, very humid and it is bursting with people. For me this is the worst option, the worst time to travel to Rio, but for tastes the colors 😉
Short summary of the seasons in Rio de Janeiro
High season: from December to March. These months there are more people, it’s hotter and everything is more expensive. If you can only travel to Rio de Janeiro in high season, make your reservations in advance.
Mid-low season from May to October. Temperatures hover around 18-20 degrees in the day and 10-12 at night.
How many days you need to get to know Rio
To get to know Rio you’re going to need a few days. But the minimum, if you are going to be on the road through Brazil it is 4 or 5 days. Keep in mind that Rio de Janeiro is a very big city and has a lot to see. It is best to see it calmly, enjoying the beaches, the attractions, the atmosphere. There life passes more slowly.
How to get there?
You’ll most likely arrive in Rio de Janeiro by plane. It has two airports.
Galeao International Airport: This is where most international flights and major European airlines arrive.
It is located 20 kilometers from the center of Rio de Janeiro. To get to the center you have different options such as: Uber, transfer, taxis, etc. We were advised to use Uber for all transfers due to safety reasons.
Santos Dumont Airport is a smaller airport. From here, domestic flights depart and arrive. It is located at the northern end of Park do Flamengo.
You can also reach by land or sea. By land buses arrive at Rodoviaria Novo Rio station. The station is large and has all the services. From here to your accommodation the most recommended taxi or Uber. It is not recommended to go with luggage by public bus.
By sea come some cruises, I am not very keen of this mode of travel. But if you leave from Argentina or Uruguay is an option to get to Brazil.
Documentation to travel to Brazil
Depending on your nationality you can travel to Rio with a ID, passport or visa.
Travel with DNI
With valid ID can enter for 90 days as tourists the Mercosur countries:
- Venezuela (60-day permit)
Travel with Passport: the countries of the European Union and other countries.
- A: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia and Austria
- B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Belarus and Bulgaria
- C: Czech Republic, Cyprus, Costa Rica and Croatia
- D: Denmark and Dominica
- E: El Salvador and Estonia
- F: Finland and France
- G: Georgia, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala and Guyana
- H: Honduras, Hong Kong and Hungary
- I: Ireland, Iceland, Seychelles, Israel and Italy
- J: Jamaica
- K: Kazakhstan
- L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg
- M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia and Montenegro
- N: Namibia, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand
- P: Philippines, Panama, Poland and Portugal
- R: Romania and Russia
- S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Suriname, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Seychelles, South Korea,
- T: Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Turkey
- U: Ukraine, United Kingdom V: Vatican City,
Travel with a Visa
The other countries, including Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama, do need a visa to be able to go on vacation to Brazil.
The visa is requested at the embassy in your country of residence.
“Documentation” source: traveljet
Do you need Vaccines?
No vaccine is required to visit Brazil. But the yellow fever vaccine is recommended if you are going to visit the Amazon and other places.
How to have Internet in Rio
Now when we travel we like to be connected to the Internet. So we can share our experiences with family, friends and on social media.
Roaming in Brazil is not exactly cheap. So it is advisable to hire a local SIM that allows you to have internet in Brazil on your mobile. This way you can always be connected and upload your photos on Instagram 😉
How to get around Rio de Janeiro?
Rio de Janeiro is a city that is very well connected. It has a well-organized public transport network. In which you can travel to get to know the city. Although it is advisable to move on foot. For longer journeys you can use the subway, Uber, taxis, rent a car, etc.
The metro is very useful, especially to reach the monuments that are located in the historic center. It’s a fast and safe option.
The car I think is the worst option, because the traffic is like hell. Also, if you don’t know, GPS can get you into unsafe areas.
The bike is another good option, especially for exploring the coast. Rio de Janeiro has many kilometers of bike path. It is a safe, healthy and ecological way to visit the city.
Rent a bike in Rio (or a bike tour)
Security tips in Rio de Janeiro
Imitate carioca clothing type. Leave the heels at home, the expensive watch, the golden necklaces and the earrings.
Carry the money just for the day. If you’re carrying a lot of money, hide it in your bra or underpants. Leave 20 or 50 reais in your pocket In case someone tries to steal you, you give them that money.
Avoid neighborhoods when they are empty. For example, the historic center on weekends is a ghost town.
If you travel by public transport it is better not to take out your mobile.
Pay attention on the beach, don’t neglect your stuff. Here it is better to bring only the necessary, nothing more.
If you visit the favelas do it with a local.
If they steal you, don’t resist, it’s best to give it all up. That said, make the corresponding complaint. And take out travel insurance before you leave home.
It’s best to use common sense!
Do you know Rio de Janeiro? Tell us what your recommendations are for getting to know the Wonderful City.
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Book Your Trip
Book Your Flight
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Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel, hotel or apartments on Booking.com.
Best companies for activities
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Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too! (Is in Spanish yet)
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