Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Rio de Janeiro

Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:21am EDT
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By Nina Chestney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - From white sandy beaches to a bustling center to vibrant rainforests on the sprawling hills, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone who visits.

Home to over 6 million people, Brazil's second biggest city has a vibrant and colorful atmosphere which is infectious.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in Rio de Janeiro.


5 p.m. - After unpacking, blend in with the "Cariocas", or locals, by picking up a pair of Havaiana flip flops. MG Bazaar in the Copacabana area is the best place to choose a pair from hundreds of designs and colors.

6 p.m. - Now suitably attired, head to a traditional bar or "botequim". Amarelinho (, near the National Library in central Rio, is one of the oldest.

Try an ice cold draught beer ("chopp", pronounced "shop") or the Brazilian cocktail caipirinha, which is made from white rum (cachaca), sugar and limes, and can also come in a wide range of fruit flavors like banana, strawberry, coconut, mandarin and passion fruit.

8 p.m. - Try a "churrasco", or Brazilian barbecue. "Passadores" or meat servers pass your table offering skewers of beef, pork, lamb, steak, chicken, duck, sausage, ham and prawn.   Continued...

A tourist takes pictures at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares