10 facts about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hi everyone, welcome! Thank you for stopping by, I’m very excited to share this blog with you all. I’ve been wanting to write for a while and now seemed like the perfect time for me to finally do it! I tell more of myself on this initial post and also on the About Me” tab if you are ever curious.

I thought talking a bit about where I’m from would be a great first post. I actually wrote most of it three years ago when I had family and friend from the US visiting Rio – and Brazil- for the first time. I’ve always wanted to share what I wrote because I feel like people don’t always know what to expect when traveling to South America and Brazil overall.

Pao de Acucar, Sugar Loaf Mountain July 2017

Brazil is a very big country with a lot of differences between the five regions. Every region has its own culture, food, art, accents… and personalities.

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are two of the largest cities in the southeast region. This area is the most developed and is normally compared to the California and New York of Brazil.

Rio is known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” (The Marvelous City) for its natural beauty as it is home to many beaches and natural landscapes. São Paulo on the other hand is central hub of the Brazilian business world, full of hustle and work opportunities. It is very common to hear about “cariocas” (people from Rio) and “paulistanos” (people from SP) making fun of each other.

I put together 10 facts about Brazil/Rio:

  1. In Rio people introduce themselves by giving a kiss on each cheek. Handshakes are formal and usually for work environment. 
  2. We speak Portuguese not Spanish.
  3. Brazilians love to hug. (This is one of the things I miss the most)
  4. Brazilians like to try and find a way out of everything. They like to get things done in an easier way instead of the correct way. A lot of Brazilians believe that is considered being smart so they do not end up left behind or tricked (Unfortunately, this is a very strong trait of Brazilians).
  5. Rio is a place of extremes. You will see luxury condos in Ipanema and also the favelas (slums) close by.
  6. Caipirinha is our national drink! Caipirinha is made out of “cachaça”-Liquor-, limes, some sugar and ice. This is a very refreshing drink, perfect for extremely hot summers.
  7. We love to show our culture to everyone, but it is very important to us that you show interest to the experience we are giving you. 
  8. A cold beer is called “cerveja gelada”. In Brazil we are allowed to drink in the streets, and it is normal to have a beer at the beach or a drink outside of a bar.
  9. “Salgados” are a big part of our food culture. They are finger food served at restaurants, food trucks (cheese, chicken, meat, shrimp, etc. options).
  10. Soccer is our national sport and we are absolutely crazy about it. That’s probably one of the first things someone will ask when first meeting. There’s a lot of rivalry between the city teams. My team is Fluminense and it’s the oldest team in Rio, from 1902!

Brazil is a continent size country but despite the cultural differences among the regions, we are known for being extremely HAPPY and hospitable! We are always smiling, having a good time, and hoping for a better future.

            I hope you find these facts to be helpful and interesting, if you have any questions feel free to reach out. I’d love to help! 😊