The souvenir company employing deaf women in Rio

The souvenir company employing deaf women in Rio

Tucked away in Rio’s bustling city centre is a remarkable organisation. To get there, I meet my Made In Rio de Janeiro tour guide, who steers me through the Saara Market, a famous outdoor market in the city’s downtown. The warren of stalls brims with clothes, Carnival fancy dress and...

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Meet Domingos, the famous favela artist of Rio de Janeiro

Meet Domingos, the famous favela artist of Rio de Janeiro

Up in the hillside away from Rio’s golden shores is Santa Teresa, a charming neighbourhood of cobbled streets and boundless views over the city below. The winding roads are lined by aging mansions, many of which have been transformed by local artists into open-house studios and art galleries. In Largo...

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4 Rio bars that serve history with your beer

4 Rio bars that serve history with your beer

Like a bit of history with your booze? These bars have all been marked as heritage sites in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which means going for a cocktail comes with a history lesson, too. From rebellions against German businesses during WWII to chapels and ‘chopp’ barrels, each one...

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Where to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro’s East Botafogo neighbourhood

Where to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro’s East Botafogo neighbourhood

Fun fact: our Rio de Janeiro Urban Adventures team didn’t pick their local office by chance. Just two blocks away from their HQ, and two blocks away from Botafogo Beach on the bay side, you can find a wide mix of bars that range from modern delis to sports and beers-on-tap types. This is...

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How to make the perfect caipirinha

How to make the perfect caipirinha

While no one really knows where the caipirinha came from (some say it started in the early 1900s as a cure for the Spanish flu), there’s no denying that the cocktail has arrived as one of those drinks you’ve just got to try — going to Brazil and not having...

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How to make feijoada

How to make feijoada

(Our Urban Adventures tour, Hidden Feijoada, offers a new, unexpected take on the feijoada — check out the video above for a sneak peek!) If you know Brazilian food, you’ve probably heard of feijoada, the country’s national dish. One of the most typical foods in Brazil, it is a black...

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Guide to getting around Rio de Janeiro

Guide to getting around Rio de Janeiro

One of the best ways to have a local experience when visiting a new city is by taking transportation just as the local residents do. In Rio de Janeiro — especially if you’re staying in the Southern Zone of the city — public transportation works quite well and is reliable,...

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Photo of the week: Street art in Rio

Photo of the week: Street art in Rio

This month’s Local Mission is all about appreciating the art beyond gallery walls! Street art in Rio de Janeiro is more than meets the eye. It tells a story of the community, of the people. It provokes thought and dialogue. Since its decriminalization in 2009, street art has become ubiquitous...

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Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

There are tours, and then there are tours. So-called “slum” tours (or, in Rio de Janeiro, favela tours) are a constant topic of debate in the tourism industry. Should they exist? Can they be done ethically and with sensitivity? Or do they exploit rather than support? There are two ways...

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These South American cities are calling your name

These South American cities are calling your name

Tourism in South America has grown a lot in recent years. The cities are safer, the economy is developing, and the infrastructure is growing. Events like World Cup last year have put the continent on the travel wish lists of anyone who is interested in history, nature, and, of course,...

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