See the painted favelas of Rio de Janiero
Some of Rio de Janiero’s poorest communities can be found in the favelas, hillside towns that have earned a notorious reputation for crime. However, they are also the site of an incredible community-driven art movement started by Dutch duo Hass and Hahn.
You can get a glimpse of the incredible, large-scale public art works as well as getting a sense of what life is like in these communities on a safe, respectful walking tour with Favela Walking Tour.
Trindade Fishing Village, Beach Trek and Snorkelling Tour from Paraty
Get out of the city and visit the laidback fishing village of Trindade on a tour from nearby Paraty. You’ll be led on a trek through lush rainforest to take a dip in the naturally formed swimming pool of Caixa d’Aço, before visiting the stunning surrounding beaches for a relaxing afternoon in the Brazilian sun.
Hang gliding in Rio
Rather than battling the crowds at some of Rio’s most popular sites, how about getting a bird’s-eye view on a hang-gliding adventure over the city? Rio Hang Gliding gives you the opportunity to fly tandem with a highly-qualified instructor, taking in sites such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach.
Stay at an eco-conscious pousada on Boipeba island
Rather than staying in a hostel, check out the more personal, B&B style accommodation of Brazil’s pousadas. Casa Bobô Eco-Pousada, on the small island of Boipeba is the perfect place to explore this beautiful part of Brazil away from the tourist traps, while also giving you the satisfaction of a more eco-conscious stay.
Sample some street food
A trip to Brazil wouldn’t be complete without getting a taste of the local cuisine, and street food is a great way to do this. From deep-fried pastries such as pastel de queijo, barbecued picanha steak and açaí berry smoothies to the hearty feijoada black bean and pork stew, follow your nose and you’re sure to discover some delicious treats!