You don't need to wait for a major event for an excuse to see the city. In fact, it's probably better if there isn't one! There's so much to do in Rio de Janeiro that you can find entertainment whenever you visit. Check out these top things to do when you go.
Hike Sugarloaf Mountain
If you're a backpacker, you should take the opportunity to show you've earned your backpack. Get out on a hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous and beautiful natural features.
Relax in the Botanical Garden
Everyone needs some downtime, especially in a busy city like Rio. The Jardim Botanico is a popular place to go for a bit of peace, and of course some interesting plants. Stroll along the many paths or take a seat in the cafe to get away from it all.
Sunbathe on the Beach
You can't go to Rio de Janeiro without spending some time on the beach. Ipanema is one of the most popular sites, which also makes it the busiest. You can also try the beaches at Prainha, Grumari and others.
See Cristo Redentor
The Cristo Redentor (Christ Redeemer) statue is by far the most recognizable thing in Rio. See it as part of a tour to the Corcovado mountain on which it stands. You can find a tour that will pick you up at your hostel.
Get Out on the Water
Of course, there's no reason to stay on the beach. Get out onto the water too with a cruise in Guanabara Bay or a day trip to Angra dos Reis.
Take a Trip to the Soccer Stadium
Brazil has produced some incredible soccer players. So it only seems right to acknowledge the great sport while you're in Rio. You can catch a soccer match all year, with the Rio de Janeiro and Brazil championships taking place.
Take in Some Culture at the Instituto Moreira Salles
Culture vultures should see an exhibition at this cultural center, where you can learn about art and photography in Brazil. Explore the gardens, buy something from the craft shop and eat at the cafe too.
Explore Rio's Diverse Food Scene
You'll find a great range of food in Rio, encompassing different cultures and prices. If you're surviving on cheap hostels and street food, you can easily find a good value meal. You can discover everything from traditional Brazilian to Japanese food.
Watch Dancers Do the Samba
You can't leave Rio without experiencing the joy and passion of samba dance and music. Take the flashy tourist route and see the Plataforma Samba Show or go for something more informal at Bip Bip.
Buy Some Souvenirs at the Hippie Fair
If shopping is your thing, the Feira de Arte de Ipanema or Hippie Fair is full of crafts, clothes, and artwork. And if you prefer food, there's plenty of that too. You'll never be bored in colorful Rio. No matter when you go, there's always something exciting to do.