Family Travel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With all eyes on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August 2016, we decided to beat the rush and avoid the crowds by traveling there in June. We spent over a week in Rio and had a blast with our daughters. Our days were filled with time at the beach, lots of BBQ meat, and some sightseeing around the city.

There are lots of misconceptions about travel in Rio, but we discovered:

  • Walking around the city was generally safe, especially in the highly touristed Copacabana and Ipanema areas.
  • Getting around was easy and inexpensive with Ubers and taxis. The crazy traffic at all times of the day was a different story, though.
  • Zika wasn’t a big concern for us, especially since there were barely any mosquitoes near the breezy beaches and during Rio’s mild winter in June.

Here’s some of our favorite photos from our trip. Enjoy!

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Coconuts at Ipanema Beach

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At Copacabana Beach

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Sun and sand

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

At the Botanical Gardens

At the Botanical Gardens

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Sisters

Sunday Hippie Fair

Sunday Hippie Fair

Inside Leblon Shopping Mall

Inside Leblon Shopping Mall

Traffic is everywhere in Rio.

Traffic is everywhere in Rio.

Carretao Grill BBQ

Carretao Grill BBQ

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More meat

Lunch at Nik Sushi

Lunch at Nik Sushi

Yakitori

Yakitori

Ending our pizza buffet with dessert pizzas

Ending our pizza buffet with dessert pizzas

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Christ the Redeemer

The view

The view

Street art in Rio

Street art in Rio

The girls loved their time at the beach.

The girls loved their time at the beach.

 

 

Cliff Hsia is a writer, husband, and father, who is determined to live a better than normal life by traveling the world, slowly and purposefully, with his wife and two young daughters. His writing has been featured on MSN, TODAY, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and other publications. He writes about travel, parenting, and lifestyle design.