The Ultimate Guide to a Holiday in Rio

109 new hotels, resorts and hostels are being built in the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. This adds to the pre-existing 567,100 beds in the World Cup locations. Locals put up their comfy and luxurious apartments for home exchange, which means you can stay in the coolest places and experience Rio like a native. Sunglasses Sunglasses represent 5% of fashion-related Google searches in the country Swimwear Fio dental (means dental floss in Portuguese) is a type of bikini popular in Brazil. Unless you dare to get one yourself on arrival, pack a more discreet one! A Costume for Carnival Best to organise before you leave! You can even buy a ticket package including costume and participation in the Sambadrome parade!

The Ultimate Guide to a Holiday in Rio
Here are the need-to-knows for anyone jetting off to Rio

When should I go? Weather

Summer

Winter

Temperature averages Late Nov to Mar

Rainfall averages

100mm

per month

Temperature averages Jun to Aug

Low

rainfall

Where should I stay?

109 new hotels, resorts and hostels are being built in the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. This adds to the pre-existing 567,100 beds in the World Cup locations.

Locals put up their comfy and luxurious apartments for home exchange, which means you can stay in the coolest places and experience Rio like a native.

What should I pack?

Sunglasses

Sunglasses represent 5% of fashion-related Google searches in the country

Swimwear

Fio dental (means dental floss in Portuguese) is a type of bikini popular in Brazil. Unless you dare to get one yourself on arrival, pack a more discreet one!

A Costume for Carnival

Best to organise before you leave!

You can even buy a ticket package including costume and participation in the Sambadrome parade!

What can I do there?

Watch Football

Head to Estádio do Maracanã for a spectacle of football passion and humanity beyond compare.

Brazil has won 5 World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and scored a total of 210 World Cup goals.

Going for World Cup 2014?

3.3 million: Number of tickets going on sale

20 August 2013: Date that tickets go on sale

1950 and 2014: Brazil's 2nd time hosting the FIFA World Cup

1st World Cup in South America since it was held in Argentina in 1978

1st time 2 consecutive World Cups have been staged in the southern hemisphere. The last one was in South Africa in 2010.

Rio de Janeiro

Go to the Beach

Zona Sul attracts the lion’s share of tourists, with its iconic beaches: Copacabana, Ipanema and trendy Leblon.

Go Boho

Lapa is a bohemian neighbourhood full of vibrant energy. Live choro and samba by night, chic antique stores and street markets by day.

Take a Break

Get a bird’s eye view of majestic Rio from a cablecar going down Sugar Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) – a lush 600m-year-old monolith. Then take a stroll through serene trails in the tropical foothills.

Discover the Best Nearby Islands

Ilha Fiscal: A tiny island with an impressive neo-Gothic castle, arrive by schooner and then take a guided tour.

Ilha do Mel: Unplug and unwind on this serene ‘island of honey’, which limits the number of tourists allowed to set foot on it each day.

Bananal Island: The largest river island in the world, measures in 1,916,225 acres. Surrounded by rivers Araguaia and Javaés.

Explore Further Afield

The Amazon: The world's largest tropical rainforest represents 35% of all forests in the world, or 7% of the world's surface. If it were a country, it would be the 7th largest country in the world! It spans across 9 countries in South America including Brazil.

The Pantanal: Known as the biggest swamp in the world. Bursting with vibrant ecological wonders.

Iguaçu Falls: 257 waterfalls, including the popular 'Devil's Throat'.

What phrases do I need to brush up on?

‘Como se ta, veio’?:

‘How’s it going, mate?’

Greetings

‘Quanto é?’:

'How much is it?'

Ordering

'Vamos sair hoje de noite?':

'Let's go out tonight'

Flirting

What else do I need to know?

Safety

It pays to be vigilant at all times and to avoid protest areas.

Curiosity and films like the wonderful City of God lead tourists to visit favelas. 51.3% of foreign visitors questioned in a 2011 survey visited a favela when they were in Rio. But remember they’re not necessarily safe places to visit.

Etiquette

Shaking hands upon meeting or taking leave is customary. Brazilian women may kiss one (or both) cheeks of other women upon meeting them and often kiss men in a similar manner.

Tipping

With the exception of Rio, where a 10% tip is the norm, tipping taxi drivers is not usual except for rounding up the metered fare to the nearest real and letting them keep the change.

How to Look Good on the Beach

• Get plastic surgery! Brazil is the 3rd biggest provider of cosmetic plastic surgery in the world (behind the US and China).

• Spend big on beauty products! Per capita spending on personal care products is $260, similar to the USA.

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