Is Rio safe? What are the best Instagram spots? Where to eat and sleep? What to do and see? How to protect yourself properly from the sun. Find the answers in my travel guide of Rio de Janeiro.
Not the safest city?!
On Instagram, I asked you if you have any recommendations for my vacation in Rio. I was a bit shocked when I read your story replies. Most of them were telling me to be careful and to take care of my belongings. Like many other big metropolises, Rio de Janeiro has its problems as well. The criminal rate is extremely high, but I never felt really insecure. You just have to know which places are safe (especially at night) and know how to behave. Best is not to stand out, but this was a problem with my big camera. In my opinion, people are exaggerating about criminality by spreading horrible stories and building extra high-security fences. (a local confirmed this) This is what caused me to feel uneasy, but never insecure.
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My place in Rio
I was lucky to stay at one of the hippest new hotels in Rio de Janeiro. The JANEIRO HOTEL, which is located at the beachfront of Leblon, recently opened its doors. The boutique style hotel not only offers stunning views of the ocean and beach, but I also felt like a VIP through their first class service. I stayed in an Ocean suite and I can totally recommend the extra charges over a standard room. The suite is facing directly the ocean and features a double rain shower, bathtub, a hanging chair and a lot of space to unwind. Unfortunately, there is no balcony, but this is no problem at all since the JANEIRO features a rooftop with a terrace and an infinity pool. Do not miss out on the free yoga classes once a week. You know I am picky about food and I must admit that the breakfast buffet did not offer the greatest selection, but everything was tasty.
My safe companion
No matter where I am traveling to, my safe companion SUNCARE is always with me. Like last year I have teamed up with Eucerin again to spread the awareness of the importance to protect yourself from the sun.
Why should YOU use suncare?
First of all not to get a painful sunburn. Secondly to lower the chances of getting skin cancer. Solely in Germany, 200.000 people became diagnosed with skin cancer for the first time in 2016. Additionally, the sun is the reason for many other skin damages. You should protect yourself during any #sunnymoment and it is never too late to start with it!
For your health and beauty
I never really thought about it, the UV- Light and HEV- Light does not only influence the healthiness of the skin, but also the aging process. The research of Eucerin revealed that the high-energy visible light (HEV) induce free radicals which also cause visible signs of skin aging and hyperpigmentation. About 90% of the visible skin aging is caused by UV- Light and HEV- Light.
Three tips for the proper protection
The right product
Find the right product for you and your skin type. Eucerin Sun Protection has a huge product variety thus meets your age, preference, and needs.
The right amount
Think of the size of a golf ball. That is the quantity you need to cover your whole body.
Best is to apply sunscreen twice, so you don’t miss out on any unprotected spots on your skin.
Which products do I use?
Eucerin offers a wide range of sunscreen products for any age, skin type and occasion.
For the face: SUN OIL CONTROL FACE GEL-CREME
All three products have an ultra-light texture and dry really fast on the skin. A big plus is that they are not as sticky as you know it from other suncare products.
Where to eat?
Food is great in Rio de Janeiro, but other then I expected it can be quite expensive.
Here is my list of favorite places:
SEEdS: healthy cafe in Leblon
Gurumê: delicious Sushi in Ipanema
Gaia: Art & Café in Copacabana
Aprazível: Brazilian restaurant and bar with a view
What to see?
I spend 9 days in Rio. 2,5 days I was unlucky with bad weather, but the rest of the time I had fantastic weather in May. The outside temperature was not too hot, which was ideal for sight-seeing and exploring. Keep in mind during the winter time the sun sets early (it’s around 16:30) So my recommendation: start your day early! I got up every day around 6 am to have as much as sunlight possible. I think 5-7 days are ideal to get to know the city and not to be stressed with enough time to enjoy the beaches.
My must sees and dos / travel guide of Rio:
- Sugarloaf: Go on top with the cable car for the sunset. Come with enough time to enough views.
- Cristo: Visit the wonder of the world at least once. I was unlucky with the view. Don’t expect too much. Come as early as possible to avoid the crowd.
- Leblon and Ipanema beach: Sooo much better than the Copacabana beach.
- Escadaria Selarón: check out the famous Rio de Janeiro steps but don’t expect to be alone
- The museum of tomorrow: I didn’t visit the exhibition but the architecture of the building is worth to see live.
- Helicopter flight: A must do if you want a thrilling view of the city. Book at least a flight for 30 minutes and search for a provider outside of the city (over 50% cheaper)
- Mirante Dona Marta: Still a hidden secret. It’s a viewpoint next to the Cristo. It’s for free and the view breathtaking. Tell the uber or taxi driver to wait for you otherwise you won’t get back to town
- Botanical Garden: I am not a huge fan of plants, but the alley with palm trees is exceptional
I guess you miss the Copacabana on the list. To be honest I was so disappointed by this neighborhood and the beach. The area is too touristic, with too many vendors, too much dirt and too many people.
Top 5 instagramable locations
- Mirante Dona Marta: Sit or stand on a rock at the edge of the mountain with the city behind you – best afternoon/evening
- Leblon Beach with the two bothers mountain in the background – best early in the morning
- Pedra do Arpoador: huge stones between Copacabana and Ipanema – best for sunset
- Sugarloaf: many instagramable spots for example with the Sugarloaf in the background from the middle station of the cable car – best late afternoon and sunset
- Janeiro: Infinity pool at the Janeiro hotel- best all day
Have you been to Rio or in Brasil? Let me know which other cities you can recommend and what was your experience. Comment below this article and don’t forget to heart (like) my travel guide of Rio.
Safe travels and happy landings!