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Questions about Rio de Janeiro

by dsinger731 »

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!

Pauline Frommer

RE: Questions about Rio de Janeiro

by Pauline Frommer »

Of those Copacabana is the most touristy by far. I didn't find Leblon or Ipanema too bad in that respect, but yes, Santa Teresa will definitely be the most authentic of those choices. Have a wonderful trip!


RE: Questions about Rio de Janeiro

by howell808 »

My husband and I are planning to visit RIO for the first time and want to find a hotel close to the Port of Rio, Christ the Redeemer and RIO airport.  Would also like to know if  anyone has info on where to purchase discounted tickets.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 


RE: Questions about Rio de Janeiro

by isadoramartinez »

Hey there! Santa Tereza would be a great choice! The neighbourhood protects the culture from hundreds of year.
Paraty is also a great city in Brazil, be sure to save some time to visit it! To get there, you can take a bus from Rio de Janeiro, it isn't very far. You can find more information here: