Some friends of mine are going to Rio for the World Cup, and with just a few days in the city, they asked me for advice what they should see and do.
Here's my suggestions:
Here are some cool insider tips of other suggestions to keep you busy: 10 Best Things to Do in Rio
Definitely take your common sense with you. Don't carry too much unnecessary cash (just about everywhere takes credit card, leave a back-up at the hotel). Make sure the taxis look official (have phone numbers, licenses). If someone puts peanuts on your table, don't eat them unless you want to buy them (If you leave them, they'll just take them away). Don't stray too far from well-lit, busy areas at night. Traffic can be intense so try not to be in a rush to get anywhere, and give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
Besides being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio has an energy all its own. Whether you're there for Carnival, the World Cup, Olympics, New Years, or any other time of year - you can't really go wrong.
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