We originally made this video for a travel guide competition, but fully stand by this being the best way to spend a day in Rio de Janeiro, especially if you’re short on time!
- Praia Arpoador for Sunrise
- “Praia” means “beach” in Portuguese
- Acai (can be found at many local corner stores! If you’re really struggling just look it up on google maps and you’ll find the nearest one to you!)
- Copacabana Beach (or you can go to Ipanema. The beach you watch sunrise at sits right in-between these two iconic beaches!)
- Christ the Redeemer
- This is the iconic giant Jesus statue you see everywhere
- Rodizio!! aka all-you-can-eat meat buffet!
- There are two “churrascaria” steak houses en-route. The more expensive one is called Fogo-de-Chao and is actually a chain you can find in the United States and Australia as well. There is a cheaper, just as good option called Cruzeiro de Sul. It is located right in front of Fogo-de-Chao but is a fifth of the price. They run weekly specials. When we went we paid $15.30USD per person.
- A salad bar (not really a salad bar, more of like anything other than meat bar full with starches and sides) is included in the price. They also come around and bring some “Quiejo Coalho” aka delicious fried cheese and grilled banana nice and warm for you to try
- Sugarloaf Mountain for Sunset
- Happy hour at this attraction is from 6-8 and offers 2-1 drinks, perfect for sunset.
What we did for transportation!
Since we were trying to save time for filming reasons, we took Uber to all destinations. If travelling in groups of 3+, this might actually turn out cheaper than using the local bus system.
If you are trying to save a few bucks, the city is actually very walkable! We retraced this entire day, and were able to complete it within 2 hours total.
The local metro is very easy to understand and works very well with Google Maps. Each trip is about $2USD however, so if you are in large groups of people travelling within the city it might be cheaper to take Uber.
Money Saving Tips!
- Find your Student ID!
- Almost everywhere in Brazil offers student discounts. The standard student discount is 50% off. I’ve used my University ID from UConn with no problem. Tom used his Expired International Student Card (the only place that ever noticed was the movie theater!
- Check places a week in advance, but book 1-2 days in advance!
- We did this numerous times, and found that it is very common for prices to drop at the last minute as they try to fill rooms! Try not to book the same day, however, because the hosts usually like to contact you in advance. We never paid more than 20$USD a night and stayed in some pretty swanky apartments, one even had an ocean view overlooking Leblon beach!
- We mainly used booking.com to book! You can use our discount code to get 25$ off your first booking!
How much we spent!
- If you do everything we did in the video, and walk your way through, the entire day will cost you $43.35USD
- $2.80 for the Acai
- $7.20 for Christ the Redeemer
- $15.30 for the Rodizio
- $15 for Sugarloaf Mountain
- $3.05 for the Caipirinha (local Brazilian cocktail that you must-try!)
**All prices are quoted in USD. At the time, the exchange rate was 1USD=3.41BRL**