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21 Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: The Ultimate Guide To Get To The Heart Of The Cidade Maravilhosa

There are few places in the world like Rio de Janeiro.


From the golden sand of its famous beaches to the wild beauty of its hills and forests...


From the winding cobbled streets of Santa Teresa to the glistening waters of Guanabara bay...


Rio is just different.


In this article, I'll share 21 of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro with you. And more importantly, I'll help you get off the beaten track and the discover the places and experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.


This article is divided into divided into five sections. You can click on any of the sections in the menu below to jump to that part of the guide.

1.

Famous "Tourist" Sites In Rio De Janeiro

2.

Rio's Overlooked Wonders

3.

Hidden Gems Of Rio De Janeiro

4.

Local 'Carioca' Life

5.

Preparing For The Trip Of A Lifetime

Ready to begin? Here goes...

Famous "Tourist" Sites In Rio De Janeiro

Let's begin with some of the most well known tourist sites in Rio. When you visit these places, you will meet crowds, but despite the over-tourism, these 5 things are must-dos.

1.

Visit Christ The Redeemer

christ the redeemer cristo redentor rio de janeiro brazil

Rio’s Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue is famous all over the world, and with good reason. It towers over the city from the hills above, visible from almost anywhere (providing you don’t have tall buildings blocking your view!).


As you might imagine, a site this iconic is often overrun with tourists, which definitely steals the ambience of the incredible view.

To get the most out of your time at the top of the mountain, I strongly recommend you get up early and plan to arrive when access to Christ the Redeemer opens at 8am.


That way you’ll have a few minutes of relative peace before the big crowds descend.

When I went, we paid a little extra and booked an Airbnb experience with a small group that promised to have us at the top of Corcovado mountain by opening time.


They went one better…

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We actually arrived at 7.45 and the staff allowed us in.


For 15 blissful minutes we had those magnificent views over Guanabara Bay all to ourselves (there were only 5 of us in the group).

I’ll remember that experience for a long time!

2.

Watch The Sunset From The Pão De Açucar

The Pão de Açucar (or Sugarloaf Mountain in English) is probably Rio’s second most recognisable landmark after Christ the Redeemer.


It is situated in the Urca neighbourhood, north of the main beaches, but south of the city’s business centre.

The easiest way to get there is to use the local city bikes. If you’re staying close by, you can just cycle. If not, take a metro to Botafogo station first, then grab a bike outside and cycle from there.

When you arrive at the Pão de Açucar, there’s really only one way to get to the top - take the cable car.


This works in two stages, with a cable car from ground level to a station about half way up the mountain, and then another cable car from there up to the top.

You can hike the lower section to the first cable car if you like, but from there the only way to the very top is by cable car.


I haven’t done the hike myself (I plan to on my next trip to Rio!), but I’ve heard it’s worthwhile and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see some monkeys while you walk.

The Pão de Açucar is one of the most popular tourist sites in Rio and as a result it gets pretty busy! But that doesn’t have to spoil an incredible experience. I recommend going on a weekday if possible to avoid the worst of the crowds. 


The quietest time is probably early in the morning but I think it’s worth braving the crowds and heading up for sunset. The evening views over Botafogo will stay with you for a lifetime.

Google the sunset time during your stay in Rio and aim to be at the top about 1 hour before that. “Sunset” time is when the sun literally disappears below the horizon, so all the action is going to happen in the hour or so beforehand.

3.

Walk The Full Length Of Copacabana

Copacabana beach rio de janeiro brazil

Copacabana is easily Rio’s most iconic beach. It’s also one of the longest. Over 4km long to be precise.

Walking the full length of Copacabana will take some time, but it’s well worth it. You can always stop for a cerveja gelada (a cold beer) along the way at one of the beachside bars.

Copacabana beach rock in rio brazil

The areas around Copacabana and Ipanema (Rio’s other famous beach) are quite touristy, with lots of holiday makers and expats. As a result, they have a different feel to other parts of the city and are generally more expensive


For these reasons, I didn't spend a whole lot of time there when I was in Rio, but Copacabana is definitely worth visiting at least once during your time in the city!

4.

Take In A Local Derby At The Maracanã Stadium

maracanã stadium brazil

When most people think of Brazil, a few things immediately come to mind… samba, carnival, the Amazon and of course, football.

Or as Brazilians call it, futebol. (Pronounced foo-che-baw)

Names like Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho have made Brazil’s love for football famous all over the world, but it’s only when you visit the country that you can appreciate just how ingrained in every day life football is in Brazil​.

In Rio, you’ll see people playing football everywhere - on the beaches and in the streets. Head down to the beach and you’re sure to see some of the locals playing a game of futevolley, a fun Brazilian beach sport that’s a kind of a cross between football and volleyball.

In Rio, there are 4 big football teams and mosts cariocas support one of them.


  • Flamengo (black and red striped shirt)
  • Fluminense (green and purple)
  • Botafogo (black with a white star)
  • Vasco da Gama (Black with a white diagonal stripe)

Flamengo is the most popular of these clubs and you’ll see people wearing the team's shirts everywhere.

If you get a chance, I definitely recommend going to the Maracanã stadium to see a match while you’re in Rio. The Maracanã is famous world wide and has hosted two World Cup finals (in 1950 and 2016).

The big local derby is between Flamengo and Fluminense but any match between any of the local teams is sure to drum up an electric atmosphere.

flamengo v fluminense rivals football rio de janeiro brazil

When I was in Rio, we went to the Maracanã for a game between Botafogo and Vasco.

The atmosphere at a match like this is something else!


Attending a football match in Brazil is a fun way to get an insight into local Brazilian life. It's a great thing to do if you’re in search of a more authentic experience.

5.

Admire The Escadaria Selarón

The Escaderia Selarón or “Selarón Steps” is another of Rio’s most iconic destinations. Its brightly coloured tiles are in many ways a perfect representation of Rio - a city synonomous with colour and celebration. 

The history of this beautiful stairs is an interesting one. In 1990, Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, who lived in the area began renovating the worn out steps that ran along the front of his house.

As an artist, Selarón was naturally drawn to do something creative with his project and began to use brightly coloured red, blue, yellow and green tiles to cover the steps.

What started as a fun project, soon became a passion and Selarón’s staircase became famous worldwide. People began to donate tiles, the result being that the staircase you see today features coloured tiles from over 60 countries.

The Escaderia Selarón is definitely one of the most popular “instagram” destinations in Rio, so expect it to be thronged with people posing and taking photos.

That said, it’s still well worth a visit!


When you go, take some time to notice the colour combinations and the paintings that Selarón made on some of the tiles.

Rio's Overlooked Wonders

If you're looking for the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro, it pays off to look past the main tourist sites.


In this section, I'll share 5 of the most overlooked things to do in Rio. With food, nature and history all on the menu, I'm sure you'll find something that gets you excited!

1.

Take A Stroll Through The Jardím Botánico

One of the nicest places to take a walk in the city is the Jardim Botánico (Botanical Garden).

Whether you love plants or you just like to take a stroll in beautiful surroundings, the Jardim Botánico is well worth a visit.

Founded in 1808 by Portuguese King João VI, the Gardens are home to thousands of species of trees and plants.


Many of them were brought to Brazil from Europe or the West Indies during the colonial period, but there are also a large number of native species too. 

Jardim Botanico rio

For me, the highlight of the Gardens was the Orchid greenhouse. I’m not much of a plant person and I know nothing about botany, but even I couldn’t help but be enthralled by delicate and colourful Orchids. I can’t even begin to imagine the level of care and attention to detail required of the local gardens to take care of these plants!

The Jardím Botánico is also a great place to see monkeys and birds. These animals have made the park their home and because the park is visited by people day in, day out, they’ve become quite used to human presence.

(Bonus Tip: Close to the Jardím Botánico, there’s also a lovely little French café called La Bicyclette that’s great for a morning coffee. Just because you’re in Rio doesn’t mean you have to eat traditional Brazilian food morning, noon and night!)

2.

Take The Bonde Up To Santa Teresa

Looking to escape the tourism of the beaches? Look no further than Santa Teresa, a beautiful old neighbourhood in the carioca hills overlooking the city centre.


The narrow curving streets are charming and the views of northern Rio from the top of the hill are some of the best you can get.


When you get to the top, make sure to visit the Parque das Ruinas. This old ruined house sits on top of the hill and has a spectacular view over the bay. It also sometimes hosts events like beer or food festivals at the weekend.

Santa Teresa bonde Rio de Janeiro

There a plenty of ways to get to Santa Teresa, but I recommend taking the old tram (or bonde in Portuguese), which was restored and re-opened just a few years ago.

Close to the final tram stop at the top of Santa Teresa, there’s a lovely café/restaurant called "Café do Alto" that specialises in food from the northeast of Brazil. It's a great place to grab lunch.

3.

Try Some Pão de Quejo Fresh From the Oven

pão de queijo rio de janeiro brazil

Pão de queijo (or cheese bread in English) is one of those things you may well get addicted to during your time in Brazil.


It is made with a soft airy dough mixed with grated parmesan cheese.


Relatively cheap and available everywhere, pão de queijo was my go to snack when I was out and about in the city.


Arrive at the right time of the morning to get some pão de queijo fresh out of the oven and you're in for a real treat.

4.

Cycle Around Lagoa Rodrigo De Freitas

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Rio de Janeiro

Located just a few blocks inland from the sea in Ipanema, Lagoa das Freitas is one of the most unusual lakes I've ever come across.


If you have a spare afternoon in Rio and want to do something different, it's well worth renting a bike and cycling around the edge of the lake.


There's a cycle lane almost the whole way around so it's pleasant ride with no traffic to bother you. And on the south side of the lake there are some nice restaurants, where you can grab lunch or a drink.


From the west side, you'll find yourself at the bottom of Corcovado mountain, looking up at the Christ the Redeemer statue. It's not the best view of the statue in Rio, but it's a different one and gives you another perspective on the city's most iconic monument.


The lake is also very close to Ipanema and Leblon beaches so if you want to combine half a day on the bike with half a day at the beach, that's an option too.

5.

Visit the Brazilian National History Museum

History museums are often hit and miss. With some thoughtful presentation and a clear chronology they can be fantastic.


But without good presentation, a museum can be more like a big warehouse full of stuff with no information (Egyptian Museum, I'm looking at you!).


Thankfully, the Brazilian Museu Histórico Nacional is one of the good ones. It does a particularly good job of covering the history of Imperial Brazil and the reign of Pedro II.


If you want to understand how Brazil came to be the way it is today, this period is important because it defines how Brazil is different from other Latin American countries, as well as explaining the story of the eventual abolition of slavery.

Rio De Janeiro's Hidden Gems

In this section, I'll share some of Rio's best "hidden" gems.


These were some of my favourite things to do in Rio and I think they'll help make your trip more meaningful too.

1.

Visit Catete Palace & Learn About Getúlio Vargas

Catete Palace Museu da Republica Rio de Janeiro

Hidden away between the Catete and Flamengo neighbourhoods, where most tourists never wander, is one of Rio’s most interesting historical landmarks - the Catete Palace.

This building was Brazil’s presidential palace from 1897 until 1960 and is the site of one of the most dramatic moments in Brazil’s history - the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas in 1954.

If you’re interested in learning about the history of 20th century Brazil, this is a great place to start.


You’ll find information about the country’s first elections, the stories of countless presidents and even be able to visit the rooms where cabinet meetings were once held.

catete palace ministerial room rio de janeiro

And if that wasn’t enough, the palace has a beautiful garden for you to stroll through as well.

(P.S. If you’re hungry after visiting the Palace, there’s a great little Italian restaurant just around the corner called Carmelo. I suggest you check it out!)

2.

Enjoy Bolo e Café At Livraria da Travessa In Botafogo

livraria da travessa botofogo

Tucked away on the corner of a small street in Botafogo, you’ll find Livraria da Travessa, my favourite bookshop in Rio.

If you’re a book lover who enjoys nothing more than sitting down to read for an hour with a good cup of coffee, you’ll love this place! It isn’t the biggest bookshop in the city but it’s definitely the nicest one I came across.

Inside, you’ll find a pretty good selection of books (in both English and Portuguese), stacked up on tall shelfs, on the ground floor. Upstairs there’s also a lovely little café, which I recommend you visit.

It’s the perfect place to sit down with your new book and enjoy a good old Brazilian favourite - bolo e café (cake and coffee). If you haven’t had it before, try bolo de laranja (orange cake) - it’s delicious!

3.

Wander Through The Streets Of Urca

urca neighbourhood rio de janeior brazil

Urca is a neighbourhood famous mainly for it’s star attraction - the Pão de Açucar.


But take some time to wander past the queue for cable car tickets and into the quieter streets (where most tourists never go!). You’ll discover one of the most peaceful neighbourhoods in town.

Urca is very small - you could walk around it in less than an hour - but boasts some lovely views over the bay of Botafogo, which you'll see dotted with small fishing boats like in the photo above.


Plus, because Urca is a military zone, it’s one of the calmest and safest areas in the city.

4.

Discover Rio’s Afro-Brazilian Heritage With A Local Expert

To understand Brazil’s history and culture, you have to understand the role slavery played in the country’s development. There’s simply no two ways about it - the two are inherently intertwined.


Unfortunately, even today, racism and inequality are prominent in Brazilian society. It’s very much a case of understanding the past to understand the present.

Slavery first came to Brazil shortly after the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1500s. In the previous centuries, Portugal had gained control over parts of the Western African coast and in the 1500s it began to capture local Africans and transport them to Brazil to work as slaves.

In Brazil, the Europeans needed labour to work the land (in particular, the local sugar cane plantations).

It might shock you to discover that slavery was not abolished in Brazil until 1888. During the period of slavery in Brazil almost 7 million slaves were brought to the country, 4 million of those coming through Rio de Janeiro alone.


You can still visit the ruins of the old slave market in the city today. To say it’s impactful is an understatement.

As a result of this sad history, you’ll encounter Afro-Brazilian culture everywhere you turn in Rio in the city’s art, dance, and music.


For example, in places such as Pedra do Sal, the supposed birthplace of Samba music (shown in the photo below).

pedra do sal birthplace of samba rio de janeiro brazil

But if you’d like to go in depth and learn more about Afro-Brazilian history and it’s influence on Brazil, I’d strongly recommend taking a tour with Thaís Rosa, a fantastic local guide with a deep knowledge of Afro-Brazilian history.

Thaís has developed a programme called “Connecting Territories”, with the purpose of connecting people to the heritage and memory of Afro-Brazilian communities.


When I was last in Rio we spend an afternoon with her discovering more about Afro-Brazilian history and it was definitely one of the most eye-opening and impactful things I did while in Brazil.

5.

Spend An Afternoon At The Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow)

"Tomorrow isn’t a date on the calendar; it’s not a place we’ll arrive to. It’s something we all participate in creating, as people, citizens and members of the human race."

- from the Museu do Amanhã website -

(Click here to tweet this quote!)

The Museo do Amanhã is a science museum… with a twist. Unlike most museums, it doesn’t dwell on the past. Instead, it focus on exploring the different paths that are open to the human race for the future.

If you’ve ever wondered what civilization or daily life might look like 30, 40 or 50 years from now, you’ll love it.

It’s one of the most fascinating museums, I’ve ever been to anywhere in the world. Seriously, it’s that good.

And if the museum itself wasn’t enough, its location is also pretty spectacular… built on a long pier jutting out into the bay. There's also a nice square in front of museum, perfect for relaxing with a beer after your visit.

6.

Marvel At The Etnias (Ethnicities) Mural On Olympic Boulevard

etnias mural rio de janeiro

Beside the Museo do Amanhã, you’ll find nice square called Praça Mauá, which leads on to a long avenue full of old shipping warehouses, called Avenida Rodrigo Alves.

For the art alone, a stroll down this avenue is a must-do. The walls of the buildings are covered with giant floor to ceiling murals that are full of colour and vibrancy.

The name of this artwork is Etnias (Ethnicities) and it was created in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics by Eduardo Kobra.


The design was inspired by the Olympic Rings, representing the five continents and features the faces of indigenous people from each of the continents.

Local Life

The only way to get to the heart of a place is to see how the locals life. In this section, I'll share 5 things do do in Rio to experience the city like a local carioca.

1.

Enjoy A Beer & Do Some People Watching At The Beaches

People watching must be one of the most popular pastimes in Rio, especially at the beaches. And it’s not hard to understand why!

On a warm evening, there are few things more relaxing than heading down to the beach or park, buying a can of cold beer from the local street seller and sitting down to enjoy the sunset and watch the world go by.

beer at parque do flamengo rio de janeiro

Praia do Flamengo is a great place to do this because you have both the park and the beach side by side - more on that in a second! - but the other beaches are nice too.

You’ll see people out for a run, playing tennis or futevolley, or jumping in and out of the sea. You’ll also encounter local vendors selling everything from water and beer to roasted corn on the cob and fresh coconuts.

2.

Go For A Walk Along Praia do Flamengo

When it comes to beaches in Rio, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon steal all the attention.


But far and away my favourite beach in the city is Praia do Flamengo


  • It’s quieter
  • There’s a spectacular view of the Pão de Açucar
  • It’s flanked by one of the largest public parks in Rio
praia do flamengo rio de janeiro brazil

Now, admittedly, there’s a caveat…


I’m not the “day at the beach” kind. I prefer to walk along beaches and enjoy the sounds of the sea, rather than swim or sunbathe.


So the fact that there’s a park beside Praia do Flamengo is a big part of the attraction for me.


Note: It’s not recommended to swim at Praia do Flamengo...


  1. Because it gets deep quickly
  2. Because it’s closer to the port than other beaches and the water isn’t that clean

Walking through the park or along the beach early in the morning, you’ll see vendors setting up their coconut stalls and locals out for a morning run or squeezing in a quick game of football before work.


If you’re lucky, you might even see some monkeys sneaking down from the trees in search of abandoned fruit.

sunrise praia do flamengo rio de janeiro brazil

I still smile when I remember the lady who used to come and feed that cats at Parque do Flamengo each day. I sometimes wonder if she still does it.


There are few sights more bizarre than watching 20 or 30 street cats lined up like army officers one beside the other, waiting patiently for the woman they know will come and feed them every day!


Local life in Rio comes in all shapes and sizes. Undoubtedly, there are other parts of the city where people don’t have the luxury of starting the day like this. But a morning walking at Parque do Flamengo does give you an insight into how some of the city's residents live.

3.

Fall In Love With Brazilian Music

If you manage to visit in February, during the annual Carnaval, Rio is sure to be alive with music and colour, but there’s hardly a lack of good music the rest of the year!

Rio is the birthplace of Brazilian music’s two most popular styles - Samba and Bossa Nova.

The story of Samba music is tied to the slave trade in Brazil. It’s a type of Afro-Brazilian music that builds on drumming rhythms that were first brought to Brazil by African slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The general consensus is that samba first began in the state of Bahía, a few hundred kilometres north of Rio, but there’s no doubt that the genre first flourished in Rio.

samba drums rio de janeiro

Samba developed in the areas of Rio’s north city centre, where former slaves lived and had its first big breakthrough in 1917, when a song called ‘Pelo Telefone’ became a big hit.

It’s not dissimilar to how tango developed in Argentina, in the working-class Buenos Aires neighbourhoods where the country’s Italian immigrants lived.

The success of 'Pelo Telefone' brought samba to a wider audience and it soon spread across the country and was adapted by thousands of Brazilian musicians.

It’s still probably Brazil’s most recognised musical style now and arguably, it is the most notable example of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Rio’s other well-known musically genre is Bossa Nova.


You may already know some of the most famous Bossa Nova songs, such as Tôm Jobim's Garota de Ipanema.


My own personal favourite bossa tune is this beautiful duet between Jobim and Elis Regina, called Aguas de Março:

Bossa Nova arose in the late 1950s in the city's southern neighbourhoods and was initially regarded as a unique take on playing samba, before it developed into its own clearly distinctive style.


In the 1960's, it became a Brazilian cultural phenomenon and began to develop a global audience as well. Nowadays, you'll still hear bossa nova throughout the city, especially in the cafés and restaurants of Zona Sul (the southern zone of the city).


If you'd like to learn more about Bossa Nova, I recommend Ruy Castro's book "Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World".

4.

Get A Bike (The Best Way To Get Around Rio’s Coastal Areas!)

bike rio

If you're staying in Rio for any length of time, I strongly recommend getting set-up with the local city bike system.

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to get around the southern part of the city and there are lots of stations where you can pick up a bike.

And if you need to travel a bit further, there are normally bike stations beside each metro stop, so you can take the metro, then jump back on a bike and cycle along the beachside streets.

5.

Tuck Into A Tasty Traditional Feijoada

It's a bit cliché but when you're in Rio, you should make sure to try feijoada at least once.


Feijoada is a kind of traditional Brazilian bean stew, but it often includes pork, beef or different kinds of sausages too.

brazilian feijoada rio de janeiro

This traditional meal, regarded as the "national dish of Brazil" is a great example of how history connects with modern culture.


It's generally accepted that the dish originated in slave communities of the north east of the country.


And this idea makes sense...


The one thing these people had was beans because they were cheap and plentiful. And so beans formed the basis for their stews.


After that, people added whatever they could get their hands on at a given time - sometimes that was scraps of pork or beef, sometimes sausage, sometimes other ingredients.


The result is the feijoada, a meal that even today is not what you would call "fine dining".


But that's not the point. Feijoada is a hearty and delicious meal. And though it has become a bit of a stereotype, it is something that Brazilians still eat today.


On that note... if you're going to try ƒeijoada, avoid the touristy restaurants and look for somewhere that's full of locals!

3 Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro To HaveTrip Of A Lifetime

A trip to Rio is about more than just the sights, sounds and tastes.


If you want to get to the heart of this amazing city and have the most authentic experience possible, you need to go a little further.


These final 3 things to do in Rio de Janeiro require a little more effort... but you get out what you put in!

1.

Learn The Basics Of Brazilian Portuguese

learn brazilian portuguese

The first guaranteed way to have a better trip is to learn a little of the local language before you go.


Learn the basics of Portuguese and you'll be able to connect with people and come across as more than just another gringo tourist.


Besides, Portuguese is a truly beautiful language. In particular, Brazilian Portugeuse has a magical sing-song melody to it.

Seriously, even if you don’t understand a word, just listen to the way a Brazilian speaks. Notice their intonation - it goes up and down. Even when they speak English, most Brazilians keep this melodic way of speaking.


If you're interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese, I recommend checking out Semantica Portuguese, a brilliant online programme that teaches you Portuguese using an entertaining video series.


I've used this programme myself at both beginner and intermediate levels and it's one of the most enjoyable learning resources I've come across for any language.

2.

Learn About Brazilian History (Before You Travel)

Another way to have a better time in Rio is to take some time before you go to learn about Brazilian history.


Sure, you can see the sites and take the photos without understanding the city’s history. But you’ll struggle to get any real sense of the place and what life is like there.

Whether it’s the role Rio played in Brazil's development, the impact of slavery, the local culture or even just the legacy of the World Cup and Olympic games, history is everywhere in Rio.


Learn about it before you go and you'll be able to spend your time in the city experiencing it, instead of trying to keep up and learn as you go.

3.

Talk To The Locals About Their Culture… They’ll Be Happy To Chat!

There's no better way to learn about a place than to chat with the local people.


And this is especially true in Brazil, where people are generally outgoing and sociable. They'll be delighted to talk to you!


If you can start the conversation with a few words of Brazilian Portuguese to show them you're really making an effort, even better!

You're Ready For Your Trip To Rio

So there you have it - 21 of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! PLUS 3 ways to connect with the locals and make the most out of your time when you arrive.

Rio is known as the Cidade Maravilhosa for a reason and I'm sure you're going to love your time there!

Which of the things to do in Rio from this guide are you most excited about? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Resources Related To This Article

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The Anti-Tourist Club is a training and support centre for curious adventurers who want to do travel differently.


It is where anti-tourists like you and I come together with a common mission:

To put learning at the heart of our adventures and unlock the kinds of meaningful travel experiences most tourists never have.

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Semantica Portuguese

Online Language Learning Material

If you'd like to learn more about the impacts have on your life and the science behind how to create and change habits, I strongly suggest Charle's Duhigg's book "The Power Of Habit".

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A Short History of Brazil (Book)

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This short history of Brazil is a good starting point if you want to get an idea of the broad chronology of Brazilian history before you travel. It's not the best or the most comprehensive book on Brazilian history available but it does exactly job it sets out to do - provide you with a quick understanding of the key moments in Brazilian history.

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How To Be A Carioca (Book)

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Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

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This book is regarded as the definitive history of bossa nova music and tells the story of Rio in it's 1960's heyday.


Image credits:

Pedra do Sal photo: Uli Volpato [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Bike Rio photo: From Wikipedia, used under Creative Commons

Catete Palace main entrance: Ministério da Cultura [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Catete Palace ministerial room: Halley Pacheco de Oliveira [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Livraria da Travessa & Café Verso photo: Café Verso facebook page

Santa Teresa tram photo: Henrique Freire / GovRJ [CC BY 3.0 br (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)]

Maracanã stadium & Flamengo v Fluminense photos: Wikipedia commons

James Granahan
 

James is travel addict and life-long learner from Ireland, who speaks 5 languages and has travelled to more than 25 countries (and counting!) Through his blog, Smart Effective Learning, James helps curious adventurers create the lives they want with travel and learning at the centre of it.

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