While on the move in Rio, I accidentally left my $3k camera in an Uber. I was sick to my stomach. The money I put away plus all of the content that I worked so hard for, gone. I attempted to call the driver twice but we couldn’t understand each other because he spoke Portuguese and not a bit of English.
On the 3rd attempt and ready to give up, the driver found a translator and we were able to set something up where he returned my camera. It was the longest 30 minutes of my life! This and other travel experiences have taught me that the majority of people are actually good.
The Best of the City
Where to stay: I would recommend staying in the Copacabana area. It’s very central and easy to maneuver around. I stayed at Windsor Beach California hotel.
Where to eat: The restaurant I loved most was Aparazivel about 30-40 minutes outside of Rio and very much worth the drive. It’s a scenic open front restaurant with great local and non-local dishes as well as a vegetarian/vegan section on the menu. Another good place located in Copacabana was Balado Mix. A cute cafe with good breakfast, pastries, and fresh juices/smoothies.
What to do: Although it’s a must-see because it’s a world wonder, I was very unimpressed with Christ the Redeemer. I’ve seen all 7 wonders and I believe it doesn’t deserve to mentioned with the others. A great activity to try (if you’re bold enough) is hang gliding over Rio. I also recommend seeing the beautiful art wall on Boulevardo Olimpico by Kobra and see the faces of indigenous people around the world.
Dev Walker rates Rio De Janeiro a 3 out of 5 for solo trips, a 5 out of 5 for girls trips and a solid 3 out of 5 for baecations.