24 hours in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro must be used wisely. If you’re up for a jam-packed day of adventure, we’ve got you covered!
The locals may start their day a little later, but beating the crowds and heading directly to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) will be well worth it to ensure uninterrupted selfie taking and 360° views of the city. A must-see for tourists, the brave may opt to walk the hill, but the most popular way to get to the top is via a 20 minute train ride. Any Cosme Velho bus will take you right to the station.
You must be starving by now! South Americans take food incredibly seriously and no Brazilian ever went hungry due to a lack of options. Survey the corner street food stands throughout the city and enjoy a fresh Tapioca; a delicious crepe concoction filled with coconut. Served sweet or savoury, it’s the perfect companion as you wander the Flamengo district, examining the sophisticated art deco buildings.
No trip to Rio can be complete without a rollerblading session along Copacabana beach and a mid-morning Caprinha cocktail (after all, you are on holiday!). Watch your valuables while you’re in the water and don’t forget your swimsuit!
For sports enthusiasts, your next stop is the famous Maracana Stadium, which was originally built for the 1950 World Cup and is set to be one of the star attractions of the 2016 Olympic Games. If soccer isn’t your thing, head to a café, practise your Portuguese and enjoy a traditional Cafezhino (Brazillian style coffee). Afterwards, you can make your way to Rio’s stunning Botanical Gardens to peruse the city’s horticulture.
At the gardens, don’t miss Parque Lage. Remodelled in the late 1920s, its mansion and pool are surrounded by expansive tropical forests and house a large aquarium, a castle-like tower and a mysterious cave. A late Brazilian barbecue lunch will see you through to dinner, maybe beyond? Perfectly cooked meat is considered an art form throughout the city and the abundance of Churrascarias means you are literally spoilt for choice.
Sunset is the perfect time to head up to Sugarloaf Mountain, and also the most popular. Leaving early will allow ample time to position yourself for the best view as the sun goes down. While you can choose to walk part of the way, a cable car will take you up the full 400m so the only work you have to do is compete with the crowds.
It’s probably time for a break. You’re exhausted right? With two hours until party time, head back to your hotel via the city’s excellent metro system and enjoy a well-deserved rest – just make sure your dancing shoes are at the ready.
Like much of Brazil, Rio’s many bars begin to fill back up at 10pm, with the Lapa district a favourite for party animals. Once the clock strikes midnight, it’s time to move on to a nightclub and samba your way into the wee hours. Expect to see the sunrise on the walk home!