Where to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro’s East Botafogo neighbourhood

Where to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro’s East Botafogo neighbourhood

Fun fact: our Rio de Janeiro Urban Adventures team didn’t pick their local office by chance. Just two blocks away from their HQ, and two blocks away from Botafogo Beach on the bay side, you can find a wide mix of bars that range from modern delis to sports and beers-on-tap types. This is...

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How to make feijoada

How to make feijoada

(Our Urban Adventures tour, Hidden Feijoada, offers a new, unexpected take on the feijoada — check out the video above for a sneak peek!) If you know Brazilian food, you’ve probably heard of feijoada, the country’s national dish. One of the most typical foods in Brazil, it is a black...

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Guide to getting around Rio de Janeiro

Guide to getting around Rio de Janeiro

One of the best ways to have a local experience when visiting a new city is by taking transportation just as the local residents do. In Rio de Janeiro — especially if you’re staying in the Southern Zone of the city — public transportation works quite well and is reliable,...

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Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

There are tours, and then there are tours. So-called “slum” tours (or, in Rio de Janeiro, favela tours) are a constant topic of debate in the tourism industry. Should they exist? Can they be done ethically and with sensitivity? Or do they exploit rather than support? There are two ways...

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These South American cities are calling your name

These South American cities are calling your name

Tourism in South America has grown a lot in recent years. The cities are safer, the economy is developing, and the infrastructure is growing. Events like World Cup last year have put the continent on the travel wish lists of anyone who is interested in history, nature, and, of course,...

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The complete guide to: Rio de Janeiro travel

The complete guide to: Rio de Janeiro travel

So you’re travelling to Rio de Janeiro — smart choice! This guide will give you everything you need to know about visiting Rio, from getting to and from the airport, to the best Brazilian movies you should see, to the cool local spots you should check out. Getting to and...

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A street party guide to Rio Carnival

A street party guide to Rio Carnival

Mention the Rio de Janeiro Carnival to anyone and the first thing they’ll probably think of is a big parade — the big parade — with everyone dressed in colourful clothes (or not very much clothing at all) and a massive explosion of pure joy. And they’d be right. That’s...

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From bust to boom: 5 cities stepping up their game

From bust to boom: 5 cities stepping up their game

One of our favourite things about cities is how quickly they can change. A new delicious restaurant can open at any moment, a new festival may roll into town any season, or a neighbourhood could suddenly become the new “it” spot overnight. Spread those moments out over five years and...

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Photo Of The Week: View From The Top In Rio

Photo Of The Week: View From The Top In Rio

In this month’s Local Mission, we’ve been exploring ways you can be a Tourist @ Home and re-appreciate the local gems in your own backyard. We’ve advocated for exploring the underground, wandering unfamiliar streets, and relaxing on a city beach, but there comes a time when you need to get the...

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11 unexpected destinations to go vegetarian

11 unexpected destinations to go vegetarian

Making travel plans can be a bit challenging when you’re a vegetarian. Sure, you could try to explain to the waiter that you’d like that daily special sans meat, you could opt for a salad, or a disappointing bowl of plain rice, but where’s the fun in that? You want...

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