Rio is the most famous Brazilian city and its image is the one foreigners most often connect to the country.
The truth is, Rio de Janeiro is quite unique, it is like an entity of its own.
A very famous line in a Brazilian song about the city goes:
Rio is the hot-blooded capital of the best and the worst in Brazil.
Nonetheless, before one embarks upon a trip to the Marvelous City, there are aspects to be considered. The main ones are threefold:
1. Rio is unbelievably hot all year long (I’m talking about 40°C/104°F);
2. Rio is all about beach and nature (despite being the country’s 2nd largest city);
3. Rio is always extremely casual and shuns all kinds formalities (including efficiency).
If you plan your trip around these three very important and constantly present factors, your time there will be fun-filled and stress-free.
To remind you of how lovely the spontaneousness of the city is, here’s my all-time favorite Bossa Nova song:
To be enjoyed sippng a caipirinha.