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Where to stay in Rio?

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Where to stay in Rio?

Hello everyone,

I am a 21 years old guy who will come to Rio in 4th-8th of July. (4 nights)

I am wondering about few things:

a) Where to stay in Rio? Where is the city center? Is there a clear-cut city center where have nightlife, cafes, bars, restaurants, must-see buildings? Since it is a big city and has various things to see, should we stay in different hotels in diferrent places or staying in the same hostel in that 4 days would be more logical?

b)Secondly, is Brazil as scary as the things told, everyone says do not quit your hotel at night, do not walk at night etc?!. If it is, where we should stay in a safe way?

Thanks for response!

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1. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

Stay in one hostel or hotel. Rio is rather compact and easy to move around with public transportation.

The three safest neighborhoods in Rio for tourists are Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, the latter two more expensive than the first.

Copacabana Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/1c0UWnr

Copacabana: The center of Rio’s beach neighborhoods:

With its eponymous beach, wide range of hotels, and diverse bars and restaurants, Copacabana is often the first stay for many people visiting Rio de Janeiro.

http://bit.ly/2FQRaz0

Copacabana—Princess of the Sea:

http://bit.ly/1nmP7oC

Ipanema Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/13dN6Og

Ipanema: Rio’s Iconic Beach Neighborhood:

http://bit.ly/1fQlGci

Leblon Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/1b5zSbG

Leblon: Living the Rio High-Life:

http://bit.ly/GEzUO1

Leblon Restaurants: Rua Dias Ferreira is Rio’s top restaurant destination.

http://bit.ly/1xizcuz

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2. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

Safety tips for first-timers in Rio:

http://bit.ly/113p9Yf

Staying safe in Rio:

http://bit.ly/1m7Kge8

Staying safe in Brazil:

http://bit.ly/1axXqHJ

“Is it safe to travel to Brazil?”

Nearly 18 million entries on Google address the issue.

http://bit.ly/2jlYqsG

The most common forms of crime in Rio affecting tourists are pickpockets and street muggings.

In the past, the security risk was higher than it is today and police protection has improved significantly in the Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico) and Barra da Tijuca in the last two years. Today, although the likelihood of experiencing crime in Rio has diminished, it still exists. It has to be said that much of the crime that occurs is opportunistic crime. Meaning that criminals focus more on those they think are easy or high-value targets. For example, the elderly, someone walking alone at night, or someone wearing lots of jewelry.

While Rio does have a certain security risk involved, visitors can greatly minimize their risk by following a few commonsense rules.

Try to travel in a group preferably with local friends. At night, avoid walking on the streets alone.

Be careful about public transportation at night. Take a taxi and not a bus at night. Late at night, consider booking a radio taxi or calling for a regular taxi, especially when travelling to less secure or unfamiliar locations. Many people prefer calling a taxi company rather than picking one randomly in the street. The line 1 of the underground (especially, Centro-Copacabana) is perceived as being safer that buses, but at night the entrances to the subway stations are a focal point for the homeless.

Be aware of your surroundings and others when walking on the street. Especially at night. If you see a group of young kids that look suspicious walking towards you, cross the street. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.

Do not walk around wearing flashy jewelry or expensive looking items. A basic watch or wedding band is okay (prospective criminals won't be able to distinguish between a fake Rolex or costume jewelry and the real thing).

Do not carry a lot of cash around. Carry around only enough for your expected purchases and a credit card (none if you don't expect to use it). Leave the passport and other credit cards in the safe at the hotel.

Make a copy of the biographic page of your passport and carry this with you.

Do not keep all of your money in one pocket. Distribute it in different pockets.

Take extra care when taking out money from an automatic teller machine. Beware of suspicious characters lurking near by. It is best to use the machines located inside banks, buildings and shopping centers.

Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in non-descript paper or plastic bags.

Don't leave belongings unattended.

The city centre (Centro) should be visited during work hours (but be aware of pickpocketing there); it is generally considered an empty and dangerous place during the weekend and at night—although some parts of it have been renovated, particularly the Lapa district, where many world-class samba clubs are located. Always take a taxi when visiting Lapa and make a reservation at the club you intend to visit in advance.

Rio's beaches are beautiful and seemingly tranquil, and as such may lull you into a relaxed sense of safety. However, thieves are always on the lookout for people who appear to be alone and have cell phones, watches, jewelry, cameras, or anything that can be quickly stolen.

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3. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

There are three budget Ibis Hotels in Copacabana

Ibis Budget Copacabana:

http://bit.ly/23p6onL

Ibis Copacabana Posto 2:

http://bit.ly/23xUCnr

Ibis Copacabana Posto 5:

http://bit.ly/1StpCNn

Have a look at the hostel links below and read the reviews to see if any of them might suit your budget and your needs. Look for the ones with a rating of 85% and above.

http://bit.ly/cZqdu0

http://bit.ly/cUdz2F

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4. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

A - the centre of the city can be divided in two as generalisation: the business and shopping areas in centro and the nightlife areas in Lapa or Cinelandia, but as everywhere, things are not totally black and white.

B - one location will do, so long as you choose it based on what you want to do most. If you want to go to the beach every day, then Copacabana or Ipanema, if you want to party all night every night, then maybe stay in Centro or Lapa etc.

Zona Sul in Rio is very easily commutable by metro, so you are never particularly far from any of the main attractions.

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5. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

Don't stay in the city center.

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6. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

1-Stay in Copacabana and everything will be fine, you will see and feel.

Preferably to be close to a metro station- my recommendation is Cardeal Arcoverde station.

Make Copacabana your home base and from there get out to explore Rio.

2-People, unfortunately, exaggerate radically. Of course, you will not venture into a favela alone and you will not walk around deserted places, wearing a flowery T-shirt and a last generation camera hanging around your neck.

People here LIVE, leave home, go to work, travel, have fun and enjoy life.

I myself always take tourists and family to stroll, even late at night. Simply use common sense and be careful as you would in any other unknown place in the world.

I assure you that you will still regret not having booked more than four days to get to know Rio de Janeiro.

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7. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

Thank you for all your answers. I found a place which seems good and economic to me. It is called Best Deal geusthouse. just 7 min walk to metro cardeal arcoverde and 2 min walk to beach. Somebody warn me about Siqueira Campos and tabajara favelas. How about you? Do you prefer that part of copacabana?

thanks a lot.

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8. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

I usually stay in Copacabana and once stayed near the Siqueira Campos metro stop. RIO_CANDOMBLE gives very good advice about the neighborhood.

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9. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

Guys, we should be near to the which posto in Copacabana ? (my first priority is being near to the metro station)

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10. Re: Where to stay in Rio?

I shall be in Copacabana this weekend (Posto 5) and will submit a trip report and considerations on the neighbourhood. I hope that is not the area where there is a favela at the back with shoot-outs!

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