Rio de Janeiro. The place we’d all rather be. The second largest city in Brazil, and the third largest in South America. Rio is known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful women, as well as for being the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Do some pushups before you get here, because most everyone on Copacabana looks like Greek Gods.
DATING IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil’s infamous stereotype of having easy women is exaggerated. You have no better chance of getting laid in Brazil than you do in Colombia or the Dominican Republic. But the girls are incredibly friendly and fun-loving. As a gringo, you won’t have much exotic factor going out in Copacabana, but the local ladies do seem to have a genuine curiosity about where you’re from…it’s just not always going to lead to sex. One night stands don’t seem to be the norm here, but making out with a girl is remarkably easy. The guys here take quite an aggressive approach to picking up girls, so don’t be bashful; if you like a girl, let her know. Girls here will make it incredibly obvious if they’re interested, so keep a lookout for indicators of interest.
WOMEN IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio de Janeiro has some of Brazil’s most beautiful women. This is also the plastic surgery capital of the world, so fakes boobs and behinds aren’t hard to spot. On average, the women may not be quite as hot as you’ve been led to believe by the media, but once a day or so, you’ll see a girl so pretty that you’ll doubt she exists. And the personalities of the girls in this city are downright intoxicating. You’re likely to swear off any other nationality for the rest of your life if you ever date a Brazilian woman.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN RIO DE JANEIRO
$700.00. If you can get a cheaper place in a nice area for less than this, please tell me how.
NIGHTLIFE IN RIO DE JANERIO
I have to give it the “almost-perfect 9.5.” Rio is made for partying. The atmosphere, people and music make Rio the perfect place to tie one on. Chances are, you will be staying in Copacabana, so my recommendation will be from there. Although, if you have some time, don’t neglect the area around Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), which turns into a gigantic street party every Friday night. Lots of bars around here as well.
I recommend: Mud Bug. Always busy. A good first bar to hit in Rio de Janeiro.
LEARNING PORTUGUESE IN RIO DE JANEIRO
If you want to make the most of your time in Brazil, you will need to speak some Portuguese. Rocket Portuguese is the best resource for learning Portuguese quickly and easily.
IS RIO DE JANEIRO SAFE?
Somewhat dangerous. Obvious tourists are targeted by muggers. Do your best to blend in as a local. Fortunately, this is not that hard because Brazilians come in all races, shapes and sizes. Don’t walk alone at night if you are new to Rio, no matter how tough you think you are.
COST OF LIVING IN RIO DE JANEIRO
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $931 USD/month to live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil