24 Hours in Rio de Janeiro: Top 5 Things To Do Like A Local

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Brazil has a reputation for being a hotbed of things to do, and there is certainly no shortage of things to do in Rio. But a great travel destination doesn't have to mean there are endless options to have a great time. The truth is that Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer its visitors that one does not always need to be a "tourist" to have an amazing time. Most people are shocked to hear that, but the city has so much to offer that even a simple weekend visit can be a weekend to remember. But not sure, what to do if you are in Rio for only 24 hours? Well, good thing we prepared this guide for you, so you can enjoy an authentic experience while feeling more like a local and less like a tourist. Here are our top 5 things to do in Rio in 24 hours :

1 . Grab Breakfast in Santa Teresa

This neighbourhood is a popular, quiet location for locals. Artists and intellectuals love to congregate in cafes and restaurants in this beautiful neighbourhood. You can grab a pastel and eat while wandering the steep streets surrounded by old artistically designed houses. There are also churches and museums to observe Brazilian art and culture. You can hop on the tram to explore the different places around the city.


2 . Hike up to the Christ the Redeemer Statue

Surrounded by Tijuca National Park stands the most iconic visual in Rio. It is the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands with its arms open to its almost 2 million visitors a year. The statue was built between 1922 and 1931. If you feel like spending some time in nature, you can hike up to the statue. While there are many options to get up the mountain to the statue, it is still a great option to hike up and take pictures along the way if you are able to.

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3. Relax on Copacabana Beach

In the Copacabana neighbourhood, right on the edge of downtown, is a beautiful white sand beach with crystal water. This beach runs 4km and is a popular destination not just for its beach but its local food and stunning accommodations. While this is more of a tourist beach, it is one of those places that you have to visit to get the full Rio experience.

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4 .Walkthrough the Jardim Botanico

If you want to take a nature walk in a controlled environment, then the botanical gardens are for you. Created in 1808, this 340-acre paradise garden is home to 6,000 indigenous and exotic species. This is a site beloved by both locals and tourists as it is a serene atmosphere to spend a couple of hours in. It is also home to a premier botany and ecology research centre.

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5. Samba in the Lapa neighbourhood

You cannot leave Rio de Janeiro without dancing. If you’re not too tired from long touring days, then a night out in Lapa is a great place to experience and join in on Samba. This neighbourhood is the peak of nightlife in Rio. Clubs, restaurants and cafes all come to life at night to give you an authentic experience. Grab a dance partner and a caipirinha so you can samba the night away.

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This city has everything to offer. If you only have 24 hours to spend in Rio, then you can have a range of interesting experiences! Have a wonderful trip, travellers!

Originally Written- Gabriel Goldson

Edited- Vinita Malik