Questions about Rio de Janeiro
I am traveling for the first time to Rio with my family (husband, two 7 year olds and a 13 year old) in late March/early April. Most articles have read recommend staying in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. However, the high rises and touristy vibe turn us off. We typically prefer to stay in an area such as Santa Teresa where we can find more small boutique hotels or nice apartments, good restaurants and cafes and feel more like a local, but I have been warned that this area is not necessarily as safe as the more touristy areas and that cabs are not willing to drive there at night.
I would really appreciate hearing back from people who have a lot of experience visiting or living Rio. We planned on spending the bulk of our time in Paraty, just in case anyone has some feedback about that as well.
Thanks in advance!