From sipping caipirinhas on the beach to samba in the streets, get into Rio’s rhythm by embracing the local way of life. Beat the heat, by setting off for an early morning hike on one of the city’s many trails. Make your way to the top of Morro Dois Irmãos for breathtaking views of the coastline, Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Prefer chilling on the beach to climbing peaks? Stake out a patch of sand between kiosks on the iconic Copacabana. If you’re not up for the crowds, venture to Prainha Beach—a secluded spot that sun-seekers, surfers and families can all enjoy. Stay hydrated by crushing one of the native fruit juices or açaí bowls at Bibi Sucos.
With as many architectural wonders as there are natural ones, schedule in time for building sightseeing (EAV Parque Lage is a must). Structural marvels can also be found in the precarious stacks of fish, fruit, and other Brazilian delicacies on display at the Feira da Glória, a colourful farmer’s market held every Sunday. Go for a stroll through the boho area of Santa Teresa and hunt down treasures in Tucum. When you’re done collecting trinkets, head to the Leblon neighbourhood for some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Order a round of chope, Rio’s favourite beer, at Jobi before dinner at Oro Restaurante—the city’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. After all that drinking and dining, there’s only one thing left to do—samba. Rio Scenarium is a must, so hot foot it here for a boogie.