Rio de Janeiro for FREE

The best time of year to go to Rio is during Carnival – it's fun and frivolous and one of the world’s biggest parties… Unfortunately the price tag on visiting within Carnival hours reflects the amount of fun you’re going to have as a percentage… Never fear – some of Rio’s delights are as free and easy as the carnival costumes.

Copacabana, the beach and the borough, not the club, should be your first stop on the free tour. If not because it’s one of the world’s most famous beaches and lined with hip hotels, cafés and clubs, to get the carnival tan you’ll need!Ipanema, is another of Rio’s beaches thought deserving of a song – this one has mountains at one end to create the picture, beer stands to keep you watered and good surfing conditions and beach volleyball to keep you entertained. Poor Leblon doesn’t have a song, but it does have the same bronzing sun and is very popular with the beach volleyball playing locals.

Rio’s other outdoor monuments are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue in the Tijuca National Park.Sugar Loaf Mountain can be attempted on foot, but it’s a climb rather than a hike, while Christ atop Corcovado has stairs up to his plinth which makes it an easier trek, but think how toned your legs will be afterwards…Tijuca National Park is a hand planted rainforest in the middle of Rio, the perfect place to get some peace and quiet after your carnival antics.

Other free ways to calm down include visiting some of Rio’s most popular indoor landmarks, baroque beauty the Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, the cultural centre in the Paço Imperial or Brazil’s largest art collection at the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

If you need to pick up some bargains pre or post carnival, the Avenida Visconde de Piraja, will keep you in bikinis and leather ware, and the Babilonia Feira Hype Market should be able to sort you out with everything else.

...And technically Carnival is FREE too.

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