Brazil is known for the beaches, the women and their famous Brazilian bottoms and a whole lot of fun, Rio certainly knows how to throw a party.  Aside from Carnival, which happens every year…Rio also hosts the World’s largest music festival, Rock in Rio and I got to check it out!

Spread out over 6 days, about 700,000 fans came to see the likes of Metallica, Rihanna, Steve Aoki, Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Jamiroquai and Guns N’ Roses.  Check out the video below for the highlights:

Whether you’re here for a festival or not, there is plenty to see and do in Rio, the party is year round. These are some of my tips for making the most out of your stay in Rio:

For the boys…Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and one of the best places in the world to meet girls, simply because there are SO MANY!  The ratio of guys to girls is a bit shocking for me at first and traveling with two frisky musicians makes it really evident to me…Rio is every guys paradise! They tell me the best place to find girls is at Ipanema Beach is around posto 9.

Watch out for the Caipirinha’s :-)

Just beware that many girls you encounter in nightclubs in Copacabana are prostitutes. So if she’s really direct, aggressive and zero’s on you quick. It may not be because of that dress shirt your wearing…. likely the bulge in your pocket is the attraction there! Copacabana is the sex tourism capital of South America; so if you fancy strip clubs and brothels, take a stroll.

Shenanigans is an Irish Bar in Ipanema with lots of live music, great selection of drinks and always lively.

Check out Lapa for amazing Samba and a wild Friday night street party.

Bar Urca is located at the base of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf); this is amazing spot for sunset.

To See:
Don’t leave without seeing Sugar Loaf Mountain and the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer that sits on top the Corcovado mountain (recently voted one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.)  If you have a few extra dollars to spare then I suggest doing it VIP style…take a helicopter ride, starting at around $70 for 10 Minutes, you can see all these sites from up in the air and the experience doesn’t get better!

To Eat:
Rodízio Churrascaria is a must try while in Rio. Porcão is one of my favorite restaurants; so good in fact we went a few times during the week. Waiters carry hot skewers of cooked meat around room and you let them know when you want a particular cut. The meat is sliced right off the skewer. You can eat as much as you like and help yourself to the side dishes at the buffet bar, full of salads, greens, black beans and rice, fried potatoes, cheese and more. YUM!

To Sleep:
Copacabana Palace – The hotel opened in 1923, anyone who is anyone has stayed, played and misbehaved here.  Lay by the pool and enjoy a cocktail or two.

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