Top Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Redeemer Statue, up close

We recently spent a month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before we got there, we had heard all of the things that most of you have probably heard: it can be unsafe, dirty and full of partiers. And to be honest we did find some of those things. But after spending some time there we have … Read more

Where to Find the Best Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro


Feijoada is arguably Brazil’s national dish, a lofty position for what is basically bean and pork stew. What’s important about having a good feijoada is less about the dish itself and more about everything that surrounds it. When you eat feijoada you are headed to a party. It’s a social occasion with lots of food … Read more

Getting Skewered in Copacabana – The Churrascaria Experience

Churrascaria Palace Rio de Janeiro

Have you ever eaten in a Brazilian steakhouse (referred to as a Churrascaria in Brazil)? I’ve been to several and there are a few typical features. I thought I understood what they were all about, until I actually went to one in Brazil. But why should that have been a surprise? The Churrascaria Palace in … Read more

Espirito Santa – A Bite of the Amazon in Rio de Janeiro

Tram Mural

High above the beaches of Rio De Janeiro sits Santa Teresa, a formerly upper class neighborhood that fell into disrepair after its height in the mid 20th century and is now embraced by artists (and tourists). This district is markedly different from the well-known areas beachside areas of Copacabana and Ipanema. It has a bohemian vibe, with colorful street … Read more

The Best Sights of Rio By Bike

Rio Bike Tour

Riding a bike through Rio de Janeiro may be one of the best ways to take in the sights of this beautiful city. When you think about Rio, the image that likely first pops up in your mind is of the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pí£o de Aí§úcar) which juts up seemingly out of nowhere. In order … Read more

Kites and Satellites – The Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour

Favelas, the famously gritty neighborhoods that ascend Rio de Janeiro’s steep hillsides are nothing new – they’ve been here for over a hundred years. But they’ve are getting lots of attention these days. Some of these congested shanty towns (which often boast the best views of Rio) are getting new paint jobs and are being “gentrified” with hostels and hotels … Read more

Rio de Janeiro Pico da Tijuca Hike

Tijuca Hike View of Rio

One of my favorite things about traveling through South America is that you can be in the middle a bustling metropolis one minute, and about 30 minutes later finding yourself in a forest setting with few others in sight. You get all of the comforts of a great city – ease of getting around, great … Read more

Crazy Fun Cooking Class In Rio

Cook in Rio Cooking Class

I read the email twice. It said “You will have a great time with Chef Simone, she is crazy fun.” That’s a lot to live up to (or down to, depending on how you define crazy). Our Chef, we learned, specializes in cooking with alcohol, flambé style. Whether she also cooks with alcohol IN her is … Read more