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!