I was born in Rio de Janeiro and spent there my entire childhood, until I was 13. As someone that lived a daily life in the “city of wonders”, I can only say that despite the disadvantages of being a metropolis – traffic, lots of people everywhere –, I just have good memories.
The warmth of summer, the beach life on the streets and in the style and humor of people.
With a 7 million population (without counting the metropolitan regions around it), Rio is always busy with tourists for an accurate reason: the mix between a big city life and the wonders of nature. You can take a night out with your friends in a club and afterwards just go watch the sunrise on the beach; or you can ride your bike along Lake Rodrigo de Freitas, with the burning sun and coast wind. Rio is probably the most touristic place of Brazil, especially in times of traditional parties such as Carnaval and New Year’s Eve.
Rio, located in the southwest coast of Brazil, has many international stereotypes that are not true. People do not bathe naked on our beaches, there is no women showing their boobs on the streets, and violence exists as much as in other big cities around the world. I am a suspect to talk about it, but I recommend you that if you have the chance definitely visit Rio. Go up in Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and Corcovado, where the statue of Cristo Redentor relies, walk in Copacabana and Urca beach while drinking coconut water out of a straw. Rio is waiting there to amaze you.