An insider’s guide to Rio de Janeiro

Aug 5, 2016 | Language, Miscellaneous, World events

Rio de JaneiroThe first South American Olympics are now about to start in vibrant Rio and the news are all about the Games. You can find some information and statistics on the BBC website and lucky for us, we also have our very own Brazilian here to share some tips and hints with you in case you are visiting the country.

“Hello everybody, Ana here. I am from Rio and my whole family is still over there and tell me everybody is pretty excited about the Games. So, if you are going to Rio for the Olympic Games, it’s worth bearing a few things in mind.

Like for example, right now it’s winter in Rio when the temperature plummets all the way down to… 22 °C and you will notice how everybody will be wearing coats, scarfs, boots. That’s because for Brazilians, 22 °C is super cold and we like to take this one chance to wear proper winter clothing and to really dress up.  This means, this time of the year is the perfect time to go to the beach: it’s not scorching hot and they will not be as crowded as in the summer. Avoid the world-famous yet touristy Copacabana beach – the locals go to Ipanema or Leblon.

The other thing is: be prepared for everything. People from Rio tend to be really warm and welcoming but the overall service and infrastructure industries can be messy and unreliable. I recommend a healthy dose of patience when visiting Brazil at all times anyway, but during the Olympics it is likely things will be chaotic. Just embrace it.

On a more positive note, Brazilian food is amazing and cheap. You will find all sorts of meats and barbecue places (which we call “Churrasco”) but also incredible salad and juice bars. I highly recommend açaí berry bowls – açaí is a typical Brazilian fruit and they are nutritious and full energy, easily found and the perfect pick-me-up to get ready for watching hours of games.

And if we want to get topical… did you know that Brazilian Portuguese has all sorts of different accents depending on where you are from? The “Carioca” (people from Rio are called Cariocas) accent is a very particular one – with its strong “sh” sounds. We can still all understand each other but it’s easy to guess where a person is from just by hearing them speak.”

There you go! With all these insider tips from Ana, you are now well-prepared to visit the beautiful country of Brazil. Boa viagem!


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