|Rio For Partiers describes the 18 most
exotic fruits and their nutritional benefits
frequently updated guide was first published in 2004, editor
Cristiano and his hard working team have done as much as anyone
to make Rio a navigable paradise for gringo singles.
Your First Day
Welcome to Rio, where your heart beats faster. Weíve put
together a short guide to your first day in Rio, based on the
recommendations and tips offered in the Rio For Partiers
travel guide, available here, around the city and in your hotel.
After checking in to
your room, if itís sunny, youíll want to get out and sit in the
sun to get that ďNOW Iím on vacationĒ feeling started. There are
a dozen beaches in Rio, but the one everyone should experience
on their first day is Copacabana beach, since
it is always busy, famous and close. Before you go, however,
there a few Brazilian rituals to perform. So get out your
sandals, lather on sun protector and leave your wallet, just
bring R$100 in small bills:
1) Please: Buy
you donít, youíll look just as out of fashion as Brazilians on
If you do, youíll look less like a gringo (deterring beach pesky
vendors) while tanning better. Your hotel will know a few shops
close by (women: mid sized triangles in the back is fine, men:
large side-strap speedos... just go with whatís in the shop
2) Breakfast now
be at the beach till 4pm, maybe more. If breakfast is still
available, bulk up. Otherwise, go to the nearest juice-bar (lanchonete),
a mango juice or AÁaŪ (ah-sigh-ee) smoothie
with a pastel de carne (beef) or queijo
(cheese). Then get a misto-quente (ham&cheese
sandwich) or an esfiha (triangle shaped closed
Now you can go to the beach. Walk along for a block or two
looking for a crowd and spot thatís more to your
liking. Ask the guys at beach tents for chairs and umbrella (Kah-day-rah
& ba-ha-kah), which usually go for R$3 and R$4. Tell
them your name so you can open a tab, and wave to them whenever
you want to order more drinks.
If drinking beer, remember to
drink a bottle of water between every two beers, or youíll
dehydrate and fall asleep by 6pm in your hotel room. Donít make
eye contact with the walking beach vendors or theyíll
persistently try to sell you something. If something does strike
your fancy, simply asking
this?Ē (Oh-key air east-o?) and ďHow much?Ē (Kwantoh
coostah?). Whatever you do, donít eat the beach shrimp:
If going in the water, someone will have to stay behind and
watch the stuff (rock-paper-scicors), or ask someone nearby to
4) Late Lunch
Sitting around doing nothing for a few hours can be grueling -
itís time to fortify yourself with a late lunch.
ease your stomach in to Brazilian food, we suggest one of three:
A) Comida-a-kilo (food-by-the-pound buffet):
opt for any place charging over R$15/ kilo
Sanduiche-de-fillet at any lanchonete (Steak-sandwich):
the cleaner the better
Chicken with fries/potatoes/rice at any galeto joint in
After lunch, nothing like a stroll along Copa sidewalk, stopping
for a half-hour massage at any of the masseuses sprinkled along
the beach (R$30 for 1/2 hour). After sundown, time to go back to
the hotel, rest, shower and get ready for the night. A Redbull
before going out may help trick your body clock.
plan your day activities for the rest of the week, to know
exactly where and when to go, who to contact, how much to spend
and what to do to make the most of your Rio trip be sure to get
a copy of Rio For Partiers.
For Partiers won`t let bad
weather ruin your vacation:
Rainy day option:
Since itís the first day of your well-deserved vacation after a
long period at work, nothing would be more appropriate than a
few hours relaxing at a spa. Maria Bonita
launched their urbanspa in Ipanema, offering 23 types of
massages, amongst other zen-esque style relaxation options. Av.
Prudente de Morais 729, Ipanema
rainy day ideas covered in the book: brazilian dance
lessons, capoeira lessons, beauty clinics, happy-hours
Cloudy day ideas:
You can still go to the beach and pray, or to a nearby bar and
drink, or to a churrascaria and eat. You may be too tired for
museums and churches. Our different but highly sensual (as in
the 5 senses, not sexy) suggestion may be to go to a
fruit market and try as many fruits as you can.
Rio For Partiers describes the 18 most exotic fruits
and their nutritional benefits.
Fruit Fair Schedule:
Monday: Rua Henrique
Praca Gen. Ozorio (Ipanema)
Wednesday: Praca Edm. Bittencourt (Copa)
Rua Min. Viero de Castro (Copa)
Praca NS Paz (Ipanema)
Rua Frei Leandro (Jd. Botanico)
Rua Serzedela Correia (Copa)
cloudy day option are: secret shops, favela tours,
jungle tours, rappel on sugarloaf mountain and lots
After resting and showering, and trying to trick your body clock
into Brazilian time, you should be hungry enough for dinner.
Since it is your first night, you can and should keep it safe
while your stomach accustoms to all the changes:
contemporary cuisine or seafood.
Ludmilla, head chef at Zuka, has a history of
making the most photogenic plates in Rio, and whatís more, they
are just as tasty. The menu covers an array of food styles, from
risotto to grill to sandwiches, so everyone is bound to find
something. True works of art. Bring a camera! Ask to sit by the
bar... itís more entertaining to watch the chefs.
Rua Dias Ferreira 233 in Leblon (call for rsrvts 3205-7154)
Our top seafood option, Dom Camillo, is a mix
of seafoods and italian, so you canít go wrong. For under R$45
you can have lobster with risotto, served on the ouside deck
facing Copacabana beach.
Av. Atlantica 3056, Copacabana
For Partiers selected another 10
restaurants that are indispensable
to your trip, from feijoada bean chowder to tropical
innovations. Plus, an extensive food guide to all the
various street snacks, juices, drinks, deserts and bar foods you
Rio doesnít sleep till itís found enough passion so there is
always something going on.
you arrived today, you may be running out of energy by now... so
if you arrive here on a Sunday or Monday, slow nights, your best
bet would be to have a beer at
Shenanigans (R. Visconde Piraja 112, Ipanema),
a great place to meet other travellers as well as Brazilians.
If itís Tuesday to Saturday and
you have the energy, be sure to check out Rio Scenarium,
the most beatiful joint this writer has ever seen, and listen
and dance to brazilian samba/chorinho/MPB. (Rua do Lavradio 22,
If you are into clubbing, and itís
Thrusday to Saturday, and you want an environment thatís behaved
yet bumpy, check out 00 (Zero-Zero), in Gavea.
If itís the weekend and you just want to lounge with a nice
caipirinha facing a beautiful view, check out Palaphita
Kitch, on Lagoa.